Bernard II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Bernard II, 41th bishop of Hildesheim

Bernard II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, (about 1437 – 1464) was the Bishop of Hildesheim (as Bernard III) from 1452 to 1457, as well as Prince of Lüneburg from 1457 to 1464.


Bernard was the son of Frederick the Pious and his wife Magdalene of Brandenburg. In 1452, Bernard was elected at the request of the Bishop of Hildesheim to be his coadjutor and later became his successor when the bishop died. However, the bishop's aspiration that in selecting a Welf the bishopric would strengthen its position vis-a-vis the Welf Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel proved elusive because Bernard felt obliged to support the interests of his family first. At the request of his father, he left the bishopric in 1457 to take over the Principality of Lüneburg, which he ruled jointly with his brother, Otto the Victorious, until his death on 9 Feb 1464.[1] He married Matilda of Holstein-Schauenburg, daughter of Otto II, Count of Schauenburg-Pinneberg, in 1463, but the marriage was childless. Matilda went on to be the second wife of William the Victorious, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.


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Bernard II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Cadet branch of the House of Este
Born: about 1437 Died: 1464
German nobility
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Magnus of Saxe-Lauenburg
Prince-Bishop of Hildesheim
as Bernard III

Succeeded by
Ernest I of Schauenburg
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Frederick II the Pious
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Prince of Lüneburg
as Bernard II

Succeeded by
Otto V the Victorious