Louis IV of Legnica

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Louis IV of Legnica (Polish: Ludwik IV legnicki; Brzeg, 19 April 1616 – Legnica, 24 November 1663) was a Duke of Brzeg from 1633 (together with his brothers until 1654), of Wołów (during 1653-1654 with his brothers) and of Legnica from 1653 (until 1654 with his brothers, after this alone).

He was the fifth but second surviving son of John Christian, Duke of Brzeg-Legnica-Wołów-Oława, by his first wife, Dorothea Sybille, daughter of John George, Elector of Brandenburg.

Life[edit]

After the death of their father in 1639, Louis IV and his younger brother Christian inherited Brzeg and Oława together with their oldest brother George III, who had been appointed administrator of the Duchies by the Emperor six years before. After the death of their uncle George Rudolf in 1653 without issue, the brothers inherited his lands of Legnica and Wołów. In 1654, they decided to a division of their domains: Louis IV obtained Legnica, George III retained Brzeg, and Christian received the small towns of Oława and Wołów.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In Brzeg on 8 May 1649, Louis IV married Anna Sophie (Harzgerode, 29 September 1628 - Prochowice, 10 February 1666), daughter of John Albert II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow by his third wife, Eleonore Maria of Anhalt-Bernburg, first cousin of Louis IV's father John Christian; thus, the spouses were second cousins. They had one son:

  • Christian Albert (b. 7 November 1651 - d. 20 January 1652).

After his death without surviving issue, Louis IV was succeeded by his brothers George III and Christian. George III died soon thereafter, and Christian reunited all their lands under his rule.

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Louis IV of Legnica
Born: 19 April 1616 Died: 24 November 1663
Preceded by
John Christian
Duke of Brzeg
with George III and Christian

1633–1654
Succeeded by
George III
Duke of Oława
with George III and Christian

1633–1654
Succeeded by
Christian
Preceded by
George Rudolf
Duke of Wołów
with George III and Christian

1653–1654
Duke of Legnica
with George III and Christian
(until 1654)

1653–1663
Succeeded by
George III and
Christian