Henry IV, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg

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Henry IV, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (died 7 July 1374) was a German prince of the House of Ascania and ruler of the principality of Anhalt-Bernburg.

He was the second son of Bernhard III, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, by his first wife Agnes, daughter of Rudolf I, Elector of Saxony.


Bypassed by his older brother Bernhard IV as ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg, he only assumed rule of the principality when Bernhard died in 1354. In addition to his princely title, he also adopted the style "Lord of Bernburg".

Marriage and issue[edit]

Henry married Sophie, possibly a member of the House of Stolberg. They had three children:

  1. Bernhard V, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (died 24 June 1420)
  2. Rudolph (III) (died 28 November 1406), Bishop of Halberstadt (1401–1406)
  3. Adelheid (died aft. 2 February 1374), Abbess of Gernrode (1348–1374).

After his death, his son Bernhard was bypassed in his rights over Bernburg in favor of Henry's younger half-brother Otto, who succeeded him.

Henry IV, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
Died: 7 July 1374
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Bernhard IV
Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
Succeeded by
Otto III