Ernst Ludwig, Duke of Pomerania

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Ernst Ludwig, Duke of Pomerania
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Ernst Ludwig, Duke of Pomerania
Spouse(s) Sophie Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Noble family House of Griffins
Father Philip I, Duke of Pomerania
Mother Maria of Saxony
Born (1545-11-20)20 November 1545
Wolgast
Died 17 June 1592(1592-06-17) (aged 46)
Wolgast

Ernst Ludwig (20 November 1545,[1] Wolgast – 17 June 1592, Wolgast)[2][3] was duke of Pomerania from 1560 to 1592.[4] From 1569 to 1592, he was duke in the Teilherzogtum Pomerania-Wolgast,[5] sharing the rule over the Duchy of Pomerania with his older brother Johann Friedrich, duke in the other Teilherzogtum Pomerania-Stettin and bishop of Cammin.[6]

Life[edit]

Ernst Ludwig was one of ten siblings born to Philipp I of Pomerania-Wolgast and Maria of Saxony.[7] After the death of his father on 14 February 1560, all siblings were under the guardianship of their great-uncle, Barnim XI.[8] With one of his brothers, Barnim XII, Ernst Ludwig studied at the University of Wittenberg from 1563 to 1565, where they resided in the house of Martin Luther.[9] With another brother, Bogislaw XIII, he temporarily lived at the court of Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar.[10]

In 1569, Barnim XI retired, and the duchy was internally partitioned among the male members of the House of Pomerania on 23 May in Jasenitz (now part of Police), which was approved by the Landtag in Wollin (now Wolin). Ernst Ludwig and his brother Bogislaw XIII received Pomerania-Wolgast, while his other brothers, Johann Friedrich and Barnim XII, received Pomerania-Stettin and Casimir IX the bishopric of Cammin. Because Bogislaw and Barnim immediately renounced their positions and were compensated with the domains of Barth and Neuenkamp and the domain of Rügenwalde, respectively, Ernst Ludwig got to rule his share alone.[11]

On 20 October 1577, he married Sophia Hedwig, daughter of Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg. With her, he had three children: Hedwig Maria, Elisabeth Magdalena of Pomerania, and Philipp Julius.[2]

Ernst Ludwig developed the University of Greifswald, where he was personally involved in the rebuilding of the medical faculty.[2] Ernst Ludwig also participated in the unsuccessful attempts of his brother, Johann Friedrich, to elevate the Duchy of Pomerania's military status in the Upper Saxon Circle.[12]

In 1574, Ernst Ludwig built a residence in Pudagla on the ruins of the secularized Usedom Abbey.[13] Two villages in the modern Vorpommern-Greifswald district carry his name: Near Wolgast, he founded Groß Ernsthof,[14] and on the shore of the Bay of Greifswald he built the residence of Ludwigsburg in 1580,[15] which he gave to his wife on 16 August 1586.[16]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ernst Ludwig married in 1577 with Sophia Hedwig, daughter of the Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Sophia Hedwig survived her husband almost four decades. She died in 1631 in Loitz and was buried, like her husband in the St. Peter's Church, in Wolgast.

The marriage produced two daughters and one son:

Death[edit]

Ernst Ludwig died on 17 July 1592. The University of Greifswald on the same day began with obsequies. His funeral was on 19 July in Wolgast. Legend tells that, foreshadowing the duke's death, a halo appeared in Stettin on 23 May that was followed by a rain of sulfur and blood.[2] The widow, Sophia Hedwig, retired to Loitz, where she moved with the children from the Wolgast palace in 1594,[17] and lived until her death on 30 January 1631.[18] Initially, she was to retire to Ludwigsburg.[17]

Ernst Ludwig was succeeded by his son, Philipp (II) Julius, who however remained under tutelage of Bogislaw XIII.[19]

In fiction[edit]

Wilhelm Meinhold in his 1848 novel Sidonia von Bork portrayed Ernst Ludwig as the cuckolded betrothed of Sidonia von Borcke,[20] executed for witchcraft in 1620.[21] Edward Burne-Jones, who illustrated the English translation of the novel, thus chose Ernst Ludwig's residence in Wolgast as the scene of his painting also captioned Sidonia von Bork.[22] Theodor Fontane in his novel Sidonie von Borcke likewise writes about an affair and even an engagement of Ernst Ludwig and Sidonia von Borcke.[23]

Ancestors[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Classen (2002), p.363
  2. ^ a b c d Thümmel (2002), p.87
  3. ^ Essegern (2007), p.59
  4. ^ Gryse&Pettke (1997), p.180
  5. ^ Mager (1986), p.83
  6. ^ Nicklas (2002), p.135
  7. ^ Inachim (2008), p.58
  8. ^ Siebmacher (1981), p.77
  9. ^ Kabus (1984), p.9
  10. ^ Branig (1997), p.112
  11. ^ Inachim (2008), pp.60-61
  12. ^ Nicklas (2002), pp. 134-135
  13. ^ Goetz (2006), p.60
  14. ^ Brüske (1983), p.184
  15. ^ Branig (1997), p.148
  16. ^ Alvermann (2006), p.69
  17. ^ a b Schattkowsky (2003), p.382
  18. ^ Schattkowsky (2003), p.377
  19. ^ Hildisch (1980), p.153
  20. ^ von Borcke (2002), p.57
  21. ^ Inachim (2008), p.65
  22. ^ von Borcke (2002), p.80
  23. ^ Fischer (2005), p.83

Bibliography[edit]

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Ernest Louis of Pomerania
Born: 20 November 1545 Died: 17 June 1592
Preceded by
Philip I
Dukes of Pomerania-Wolgast
altogether under tutelage until 1567

1560–1592
with his brothers Bogislaw XIII (1560–1569)
John Frederick (1560–1569)
Barnim X (1560–1569)
Succeeded by
Philip Julius