John II, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg

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John II
Born ca. 1275
Died 22 April 1322
Consort Elizabeth of Holstein-Rendsburg
Issue
Detail
Albert IV
House of Ascania (by birth)
Father John I, Duke of Saxony
Mother Ingeborg Birgersdotter of Småland
Religion Roman Catholic

John II of Saxe-Lauenburg (ca. 1275 – 22 April 1322) was the eldest son of John I of Saxony and Ingeborg Birgersdotter of Småland (*ca. 1253–30 June 1302*, Mölln), a daughter or grandchild of Birger jarl. He ruled Saxony jointly with his uncle Albert II and his brothers Albert III and Eric I, first fostered by Albert II, until coming of age. In 1296 John II, his brothers and their uncle divided Saxony into Saxe-Wittenberg, ruled by Albert II, and Saxe-Lauenburg, jointly ruled by the brothers between 1296 and 1303 and thereafter partitioned among them. John II then ruled the branch duchy of Saxe-Mölln, later extended to become Saxe-Bergedorf-Mölln. In 1314 he officiated as Saxon Prince-elector in an election of a German king.

Life[edit]

John was of weak health and had gone blind in young years, therefore he was considered inferior among his brothers.[1] John II's father John I resigned from dukedom in 1282 in favour of his three minor sons Albert III, Eric I, and John II. However, their uncle Albert II fostered them. John II and his brothers came to age and joint the government. The last document, mentioning the brothers and their uncle Albert II as Saxon fellow dukes dates back to 1295.[2]

The definite partitioning of Saxony into Saxe-Lauenburg, jointly ruled by John II and his brothers and Saxe-Wittenberg, ruled by their uncle Albert II, took place before 20 September 1296, when the Vierlande, Sadelbande (Land of Lauenburg), the Land of Ratzeburg, the Land of Darzing (later Amt Neuhaus), and the Land of Hadeln are mentioned as the separate territory of the brothers.[2] Albert II received Saxe-Wittenberg around the eponymous city and Belzig.

John II and his brothers at first jointly ruled Saxe-Lauenburg, before they partitioned it into three parts, while the exclave Land of Hadeln remained a trilateral condominium. John II then held Mölln, parts of the Sachsenwald (Saxon Wood) and the Land of Ratzeburg west of the river Stecknitz.[2] In 1321 he further gained Bergedorf (Vierlande) - with its castle - from his brother Eric I, who had earlier inherited the share of the Albert III already deceased in 1308.[3] John II's branch duchy thus became known as Saxe-Bergedorf-Mölln.

Being the eldest brother John II officiated successfully as Saxon prince-elector, a privilege disputed between the duchies of Saxe-Lauenburg and Saxe-Wittenberg. In 1314 John II participated in the election of the German king and antiking, the Wittelsbachian Louis IV the Bavarian and his Habsburgian cousin Frederick III, the Fair.

Louis received five of the seven votes, to wit that of Duke John II, rivallingly claiming the Saxon prince-electoral power, Archbishop-Elector Baldwin of Trier, the legitimate King-Elector John of Bohemia, Archbishop-Elector Peter of Mainz, and Prince-Elector Waldemar of Brandenburg.

Frederick the Fair received in the same election four of the seven votes, with the deposed King-Elector Henry of Bohemia, illegitimately assuming electoral power, Archbishop-Elector Henry II of Cologne, Louis's brother Prince-Elector Rudolph I of the Electorate of the Palatinate, and Duke Rudolph I of Saxe-Wittenberg, John's cousin rivallingly claiming the Saxon prince-electoral power. However, Louis prevailed as German king.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Ca. 1315 John II married Elizabeth of Holstein-Rendsburg (*ca. 1300–1340*), sister of Count Gerard III the Great. John and Elizabeth had the following son:

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cordula Bornefeld, "Die Herzöge von Sachsen-Lauenburg", in: Die Fürsten des Landes: Herzöge und Grafen von Schleswig, Holstein und Lauenburg [De slevigske hertuger; German], Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen (ed.) on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte, Neumünster: Wachholtz, 2008, pp. 373-389, here p. 374. ISBN 978-3-529-02606-5
  2. ^ a b c Cordula Bornefeld, "Die Herzöge von Sachsen-Lauenburg", in: Die Fürsten des Landes: Herzöge und Grafen von Schleswig, Holstein und Lauenburg [De slevigske hertuger; German], Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen (ed.) on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte, Neumünster: Wachholtz, 2008, pp. 373-389, here p. 375. ISBN 978-3-529-02606-5
  3. ^ Cordula Bornefeld, "Die Herzöge von Sachsen-Lauenburg", in: Die Fürsten des Landes: Herzöge und Grafen von Schleswig, Holstein und Lauenburg [De slevigske hertuger; German], Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen (ed.) on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte, Neumünster: Wachholtz, 2008, pp. 373-389, here p. 377. ISBN 978-3-529-02606-5
John II, Duke of Saxony, Angria and Westphalia
Prince-Elector of Saxony (1296–1322, rivalling with Rudolph I of Saxe-Wittenberg)
Born: ca. 1275 Died: 22 April 1322
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John I and
Albert II

as Dukes of Saxony
joint rule till 1282, thereafter Albert II served as regent for John I's minor sons'''
Duke of Saxony
1282–1296
with Albert III (brother) (1282–1296)
Eric I (brother) (1282–1296)
Albert II (uncle) (1260–1296)
Succeeded by
Albert II
as Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg
Succeeded by
Albert III,
Eric I and
John II

as Dukes of Saxe-Lauenburg
New title
Partition of Saxe-Lauenburg from Saxony
Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
1296–1303
with Albert III (brother) (1296–1303)
Eric I (brother) (1296–1303)
Succeeded by
Albert III
as Duke of Saxe-Ratzeburg
Succeeded by
Eric I
as Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg-Bergedorf
Succeeded by
John II
as Duke of Saxe-Mölln
New title
Partition of Saxe-Mölln from Saxe-Lauenburg
Elector of Saxony
Duke of Saxe-(Bergedorf-)Mölln

in 1321 enlarged by Bergedorf, ceded by Eric I
1303–1322
Succeeded by
Albert IV
as Duke of Saxe-Bergedorf-Mölln