Herman II, Count of Weimar-Orlamünde

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Herman II, Count of Weimar-Orlamünde
Spouse(s) Beatrix of Andechs-Merania
Noble family House of Ascania
Father Siegfried III, Count of Weimar-Orlamünde
Mother Sophie of Denmark
Born c.  1184
Died 27 December 1247(1247-12-27)

Herman II, Count of Weimar-Orlamünde (c. 1184 – 27 December 1247) was a member of the House of Ascania. He ruled the County of Weimar-Orlamünde from 1206 until his death.


He was the youngest son of Count Siegfried III (c. 1155 – 1206) and his wife Sophie (1159 – c. 1208), a daughter of King Valdemar I of Denmark.[1]

After his father died in 1206, Henry II ruled Weimar-Orlamünde jointly with his brother Albert II. He came increasingly into conflict with Landgrave Herman I of Thuringia, who occupied Schauenforst Castle between Orlamünde and Rudolstadt. In 1214, Herman of Thuringia took Herman of Weimar-Orlamünde prisoner at Weimar Castle. Landgrave Louis IV of Thuringia also fought against the brothers Herman and Albert. Despite the continuing troubles with Thuringia, Herman II managed to expand his territorial sovereignty. He founded the city of Weimar and a Cistercian monastery at Oberweimar. In the conflict between the Houses of Guelph and Hohenstaufen, he sided with the Hohenstaufen. His never-ending feuds eventually caused the downfall of his dynasty. The areas around the two main towns remained separate territories and so it was logical that around 1265 his sons Herman III and Otto III divided the county into two almost independent counties of Weimar and Orlamünde.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Herman II married Princess Beatrix of Andechs-Merania, the daughter of Duke Otto I of Merania. She was the heir to the Lordship of Plassenburg, including Kulmbach and Mittleberg, and to the Lordship of Berneck, including Goldkronach, meinau, Wirsberg, Pretzendorf, Zwernitz Castle and Trebgast. Herman II and Beatrix had the following children:


  1. ^ Jonathan R. Lyon, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250, (Cornell University Press, 2013), 123.


  • Helmut Assing: Die frühen Askanier und ihre Frauen, Kulturstiftung, Bernburg, 2002, p. 22
  • Hans Patze and Walter Schlesinger: Geschichte Thüringens, Böhlau Verlag, Cologne and Graz, 1967, p. 157
  • Andreas Thiele: Erzählende genealogische Stammtafeln zur europäischen Geschichte, vol. I, part 1, R. G. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1993, table 168
  • Eduard Winkelmann: Kaiser Friedrich II, vol. 1, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt, 1963, pp. 379, 480, 481 and 508
  • Eduard Winkelmann: Kaiser Friedrich II', vol. 2, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1963, p. 221

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Herman II, Count of Weimar-Orlamünde
Born: c. 1184 Died: 27 December 1247
Preceded by
Siegfried III
Count of Weimar-Orlamünde
Succeeded by
Otto III
as Count of Weimar
Succeeded by
Herman III
as Count of Orlamünde