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, then to Anna of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg. He had eleven children, the most notable of whom are his successors Philip II, Francis, and Bogislaw XIV, the last ruling duke of Pomerania, and Anna de Croy, the last member of the dynasty.


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