John II, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
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The death of his older brother Albert III in 1359 made John his father's sole heir; his older brother Rudolf was an ordained priest. In 1362 John inherited the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst, but first had to rule jointly with his uncle Waldemar I until his death in 1368, then with his cousin Waldemar II, who died without issue four years later (in 1371). Following his cousin's death, John became the sole ruler of Anhalt-Zerbst.
Marriage and issue
In 1366 John married Elisabeth (died Dessau, after 20 January 1420), daughter of John I, Count of Henneberg-Schleusingen. They had four children:
- Agnes (d. bef. 5 July 1392), married bef. 23 September 1382 to Burchard of Schraplau.
- Sigismund I, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, later Anhalt-Dessau (d. Coswig, 19 January 1405).
- Albert IV, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, later Anhalt-Köthen (d. Coswig, 24 November 1423).
- Waldemar III, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (d. 1391).
John II, Prince of Anhalt-ZerbstDied: 11 April 1382
|Princes of Anhalt-Zerbst
with Waldemar I (1316–1368)
Waldemar II (1368–1371)
Albert IV and