Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

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Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Seal Heinrich I. (Holstein-Rendsburg) 01.jpg
Seal of Henry I from about 1295 to 1302
Born 1258
Died 1304
Noble family House of Schaumburg
Spouse(s) Heilwig of Bronckhorst
Father Gerhard I, Count of Holstein-Itzehoe
Mother Elisabeth of Mecklenburg

Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg (1258–1304) was the first Count of Holstein-Rendsburg.


He was the son of Gerhard I, Count of Holstein-Itzehoe (d. 1290) and Elisabeth of Mecklenburg (d. c. 1280). In 1285, he was able to persuade King Eric V of Denmark to release Duke Valdemar IV of Schleswig from captivity. After the death of his father, the surviving sons divided the county among themselves. Henry was awarded the division of Rendsburg. He was constantly at war with the Dithmarschen.

Shortly before his death he introduced a toll on imported goods. Half the proceeds went to Hamburg, the other half was divided between Holstein-Schaumburg and Holstein-Rendsburg. After the Holstein-Schaumburg line died out in 1640, the Holstein half of the proceeds went to the Duchy of Holstein. After the Dukes of Holstein died out in 1768, the proceeds went to Hamburg[1]


The inscription in his seal reads: S (IGILLUM) * HINRICI * Comitis * HOLTSATIE * ET * EN * SCOWENBRCH (Seal of Henry, Count of Holstein and Schauenburg).

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married in 1289 to Heilwig (1265 – after 1324), the daughter of Count Floris of Bronckhorst. The couple had the following children:


  1. ^ Eduard Wippermann, Kurze Staatsgeschichte der Herzogthümer Schleswig und Holstein, p. 61 Online

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Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Born: 1258 Died: 1304
Preceded by
Gerhard I
as Count of Holstein-Itzehoe
Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Succeeded by
Gerhard III