Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania

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Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania
Duke Bogislaw XIII of Pomerania
Spouse(s) Clara of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Anna of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg
Noble family House of Griffins
Father Philip I, Duke of Pomerania
Mother Maria of Saxony
Born (1544-08-09)9 August 1544
Died 7 March 1606(1606-03-07) (aged 61)
Franzburg in 1618

Bogislaw XIII (Bogusław XIII) of Pomerania (9 August 1544 – 7 March 1606, Stettin; Polish: Szczecin), son of Philip I and Maria of Saxony, was a prince of Stettin and Wolgast, and a member of the Griffins.

Bogislaw studied at the University of Greifswald at the age of 14. At first, he was co-regent with his brother Johann Friedrich of Pomerania-Wolgast, but in 1569 he settled with control over Barth and Neuenkamp. There, he founded a printing house in 1582, publishing in 1588 the "Barther Bible", a bible in the Low German language, as translated by Johannes Bugenhagen. In 1587 he founded Franzburg to compete with Stralsund.

From 1603 until his death, he ruled in Pomerania-Stettin, which he inherited under the Inheritance Treat of Jasenitz of 1509 in case his two brothers John Frederick (d. 1600) and Barnim X (d. 1603) would both die childless. He kept his residence in Barth, and his eldest son, Philip II, acted as governor in Stettin.

He is remembered as a wise ruler, knowledgeable in the areas of economics and governance.

He married twice: first to Clara of Brunswick-Lüneburg, daughter of Francis, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, then to Anna of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, daughter of John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg. He had eleven children, among which, from his first marriage:


See also[edit]


  • Werner Buchholz (ed.): Deutsche Geschichte im Osten Europas. Pommern. Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-88680-272-8, pp. 216, 233.
  • Martin Wehrmann: Geschichte von Pommern, 2d ed., vol. 2, Verlag Andreas Perthes, Gotha, 1921. Reprinted: Weltbild Verlag, Augsburg, 1992, ISBN 3-89350-112-6.

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Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania
Born: 9 August 1544 Died: 7 March 1606
Preceded by
Philip I
Dukes of Pomerania-Wolgast
altogether under tutelage until 1567

with his brothers Ernest Louis (1560–1592)
John Frederick (1560–1569)
Barnim X (1560–1569)
Succeeded by
Ernest Louis
New division Duke of Pomerania-Barth
Succeeded by
Duke of Pomerania-Rügenwalde (Darłowo)
Succeeded by
George II and
Bogislaw XIV
Preceded by
Barnim X
Duke of Pomerania-Stettin
Succeeded by
Philip II