Henry IV, Duke of Limburg

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Henry IV (1195 – 25 February 1247) was the duke of Limburg and count of Berg from 1226 to his death. He was the son of Waleran III, count of Luxembourg and duke of Limburg, and Cunigunda, daughter of Frederick I, Duke of Lorraine.

Originally lord of Montjoie, he married Irmgard of Berg, heiress of the County of Berg, a daughter of the count Adolf VI, who died at the Siege of Damietta in 1218. Irmgard and Henry could not immediately inherit the county, as it was held by Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne. Engelbert being the principal adviser of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, he was confirmed in the county for life, paying a rent to Henry and Ermengard.

Engelbert was assassinated on 7 November 1225 and Henry inherited Berg, inheriting Limburg a little while later. He then entrusted Montjoie to his brother Waleran, who already held Faulquemont. He then fought count Frederick of Isenberg, his brother-in-law, who was suspected of the assassination of Engelbert. In 1228, took part in the Sixth Crusade to the Holy Land. Upon returning to Germany, he made war on the archbishop of Cologne, Konrad von Hochstaden between 1238 and 1241. He was counted among the partisans of the Hohenstaufen.

He and Imgard of Berg had 2 sons :

  • Waleran, his successor in Limburg
  • Adolf, his successor in Berg.


16. Waleran, Duke of Lower Lorraine (c. 1085–1139)
8. Henry II, Duke of Limburg (c. 1111–1167)
17. Jutta of Wassenberg (c. 1087–1151)
4. Henry III, Duke of Limburg (c. 1140–1221)
18. Adolf of Saffenberg (?–aft. 1158)
9. Matilda of Saffenberg (c. 1125–1145/46)[1]
19. Margaret of Schwarzenberg
2. Waleran III, Duke of Limburg (c. 1165–1226)
20. Frederick I of Saarbrücken (?–bef. 1135)
10. Simon I of Saarbrücken (?–aft. 1183)
21. Gisela (of Lorraine?)
5. Sophia of Saarbrücken (?–aft. 1215)[2]
11. Mechtild (of Sponheim?)
1. Henry IV, Duke of Limburg
24. Simon I, Duke of Lorraine (1076–1138)
12. Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine (1119–1176)
25. Adelaide of Leuven (?–c. 1158)
6. Frederick I, Duke of Lorraine (c. 1143–1206)
26. Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (1090–1147)
13. Judith (or Bertha) of Hohenstaufen (1123–1195)
27. Judith of Bavaria, Duchess of Swabia (1103–1131)
3. Cunigunde of Lorraine (c. 1170–1214)
28. Bolesław III Wrymouth (1086–1138)
14. Mieszko III the Old of Greater Poland (c. 1126/27–1202)
29. Salomea of Berg (c. 1093/1101–1144)
7. Ludmilla of Poland (1150–1223)
30. Béla II of Hungary (c. 1110–1141)
15. Elisabeth of Hungary (1128–1154)
31. Helena of Rascia (aft. 1109–aft. 1146)


Preceded by
Waleran III
Duke of Limburg
Succeeded by
Waleran IV
Preceded by
Engelbert II
Count of Berg
Succeeded by
Adolf VII