Principality of Anhalt-Aschersleben

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Principality of Anhalt-Aschersleben
Fürstentum Anhalt-Aschersleben
State of the Holy Roman Empire
Wappen Freistaat Anhalt.png
1252–1315 Wappen Landkreis Halberstadt.svg


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Capital Aschersleben
Government Principality
Prince
 -  1252–67 Henry II
 -  1267–1304 Otto I
 -  1267–83 (with Henry III)
 -  1304–15 Otto II
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Partitioned from Anhalt 1252
 -  Annexed to
    Halberstadt
1315
 -  Passed to Brandenburg
     on secularisation of
     bishopric
 
1648

The Principality of Anhalt-Aschersleben was a German territory which existed from 1252 to 1315. It was created when the Principality of Anhalt was divided among the sons of Prince Henry I into the Principalities of Anhalt-Aschersleben, Anhalt-Bernburg and Anhalt-Zerbst in 1252.

Aschersleben

Henry II the Fat, the eldest son of Henry I, had been co-ruler of his father since 1244. In the course of the partition he chose the Anhalt ancestral homeland north of the Harz mountains around the Ascanian residence of Aschersleben (Ascharia), which he granted town privileges in 1266.

When in 1315 Henry's grandson Otto II died without male heirs, the principality — including the capital of Aschersleben — was seized as a fief by his cousin and creditor Bishop Albert of Halberstadt. Though Prince Bernhard II of Anhalt-Bernburg one year later acknowledged the feudal tenure of Halberstadt, Aschersleben was the cause for several conflicts between his successors and the Halberstadt bishops. Nevertheless it remained part of the diocese, which in 1648 was secularized into the Principality of Halberstadt, and its sovereign possessions, including the rights to Anhalt-Aschersleben, were given to Brandenburg-Prussia.

Princes of Anhalt-Aschersleben 1252–1315[edit]