Wismar, Hanseatic League, present-day Wismar, Germany
|Died||1400 or 20 October 1401 (age 40-41)
Hamburg, Hanseatic League, Holy Roman Empire, present-day Hamburg, Germany
|Cause of death||execution by beheading with sword|
|Other names||Gottfried Michaelsen|
|Occupation||privateer, pirate, privateer ship captain, privateer fleet commander|
Sweden (Kingdom)Magister Wigbold
|Service/branch||independent naval privateers (allies of Kingdom of Denmark)|
|Commands held||Victual Brothers privateer fleet|
Denmark-Sweden WarHansiatic League Wars
They possessed fast ships, which easily outmaneuvered the ships of the Hanse. Like many of the Likedeeler, Michels was primarily concerned with capturing valuable prizes. However, he disdained cowardice and those surviving crewmen who had not resisted were usually thrown overboard.
- Jörgen Bracker, "Klaus Störtebeker – nur einer von ihnen. Die Geschichte der Vitalienbrüder", in: Störtebeker. 600 Jahre nach seinem Tod, Wilfried Ehbrecht (ed.), Lübeck: Porta-Alba-Verlag, 2001, (=Hansische Studien; vol. 15), ISBN 3-933701-14-7.
- Gottes Freund – Aller Welt Feind (German)