Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel

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Herman the Tall
Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
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Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel by Anton Boys
Spouse(s) Anne of Austria
Noble family House of Ascania
Father Otto V, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
Mother Judith of Henneberg-Coburg
Born c. 1275
Died 1 February 1308(1308-02-01)
Lübz, Mecklenburg
Buried Lehnin Abbey

Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg, also known as Herman the Tall (c. 1275 – 1 February 1308), a member of the House of Ascania, was Margrave and co-ruler of Brandenburg with his cousin Margrave Otto IV of Brandenburg-Stendal.


Herman was the son of Margrave Otto V of Brandenburg-Salzwedel and his wife Judith, daughter of the Franconian count Herman I of Henneberg. In 1299, he succeeded his father as co-regent of Brandenburg, which he ruled jointly with his cousin Otto IV. After the death of the Piast duke Bolko I of Jawor, he exercised the guardianship over Bolko's children.

In 1308, war broke out between Brandenburg and the Duchy of Mecklenburg, the so-called North German Margrave War. Herman and Otto invaded Mecklenburg and Herman died during the siege of Lübz. He was buried in the Lehnin Abbey.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In 1295 he married Anne of Austria (1280-1327), the daughter of the late Habsburg king Albert I of Germany. They had four children:


Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
Born: c. 1275 Died: 1 February 1308
Preceded by
Otto V
Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
Succeeded by
John V