Wilhelm von Brandenburg

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Wilhelm of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the last Archbishop of Riga

Wilhelm von Brandenburg (30 June 1498 – 4 February 1563) was the Archbishop of Riga from 1539 to 1561.

A member of the House of Hohenzollern, Wilhelm was the son of Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the brother of Albert, Duke of Prussia, and the grandson of Albert III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg and Casimir IV Jagiellon.

After William's administration as Prince-bishop ended during the Livonian War, Riga became a Free City (1561–1581).

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Frederick V, Burgrave of Nuremberg (1333-1398)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg (1371-1440)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Elisabeth of Meissen (1329-1375)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Albrecht III, Elector of Brandenburg (1414-1486)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Frederick, Duke of Bavaria-Landshut (1339-1393)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Elisabeth of Bavaria-Landshut (1383-1442)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Maddalena Visconti (1366-1404)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1460-1536)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1370-1428)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (1412-1464)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Catherine of Brunswick (1395-1442)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Anna of Saxony (1437-1512)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Ernest, Duke of Austria (1377-1424)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Margaret of Austria (1416–1486)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Cymburgis of Masovia (1394-1397)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Wilhelm von Brandenburg (1498-1563)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Algirdas (1296-1377)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Jogaila (1362-1434)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Uliana of Tver (1325-1392)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427-1492)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Andrew of Halshany (1365-1410)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Sophia of Halshany (1405-1461)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Alexandra Drucka (1380-1426)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Sophia of Poland (1464-1512)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Albert IV, Duke of Austria (1377-1404)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Albert II of Germany (1397-1439)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Johanna Sophia of Bavaria (1373-1410)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Elisabeth of Austria (1435-1505)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368-1437)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Elisabeth of Bohemia (1409-1442)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Barbara of Celje (1390-1451)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Schöning
Prince-Archbishop of Riga
1539–1563
Succeeded by
none