Otto IV of Schaumburg

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Otto IV of Schaumburg
Born 1517
Died 21 December 1576
Nationality German
Grave monument for Otto IV and his two wives in St. Martini Church in Stadthagen.

Otto IV of Schaumburg (1517 – 21 December 1576) was a German nobleman. He was a ruling Count of Schauenburg and of Holstein-Pinneberg. He was a son of Jobst I and his wife Maria of Nassau, a daughter of Count Johann V of Nassau-Vianden-Dietz.

He adopted the teachings of Martin Luther. However, with respect to his elder brothers Cologne's Archbishop-Electors Adolphus III (reg. 1547–1556) and Anthony I (reg. 1557-1558) he refrained from open confrontation. In 1559 he officially began the Reformation in Schauenburg and Holstein-Pinneberg. These areas remained Lutheran throughout the Counter-Reformation and into modern times.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Otto first married Mary (*1527–1554*), daughter of Duke Barnim XI of Pomerania-Stettin. Mary and Otto had four sons:

  • Hermann (*1545–1592*), Prince-Bishop of Minden (1566–1581)
  • Otto (*1545–1572*), (mentally insane)
  • Adolphus XI (*1547–1601*), count regnant in Schaumburg and Holstein-Pinneberg
  • Anthony (*1549–1599*), Prince-Bishop of Minden (1587–1599)

In 1558 Otto married a second time, with Elisabeth Ursula (*1539–1586*), a daughter of Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Elisabeth Ursula and Otto had two daughters and one son:

  • Mary (*1559–1616*) married in 1591 Count Josse of Limburg-Styrum (*1560–1621*)
  • Elisabeth, married in 1585 Count Simon VI of Lippe (*1554-1613*)
  • Ernest (*1569–1622*), count regnant of Schaumburg and Holstein-Pinneberg as of 1601, elevated to Prince of Schaumburg in 1619.

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Otto of Schaumburg
Born: 1517 Died: 21 December 1576 in Bückeburg
Catholic Church titles
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Balthasar Merklin
Prince-Bishop of Hildesheim
as Otto III

Succeeded by
Valentin von Teutleben
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John V
Count of Schaumburg and Holstein-Pinneberg
as Otto IV

with his elder brother John V (1531–1560)
Succeeded by
Adolphus XI