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William II, Margrave of Meissen

second son of Margrave Frederick the Severe and Katharina von Henneberg
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death Mar 13, 1425
Mother: Catherine of Henneberg
Spouse: Amelia of Masovia
Brother(s): Georges de Misnie Frederick I Elector of Saxony
Father: Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia
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The details

Wilhelm II, the Rich (23 April 1371 – 13 March 1425) was the second son of Margrave Frederick the Strict of Meissen and Catherine of Henneberg.

Under the Division of Chemnitz of 1382, he received the Osterland and Landsberg jointly with his brothers, Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and George (d. 1402). When Margrave William I "the one-eyed" died in 1407, William and Frederick also inherited a part of Meissen. Under the 1410 Treaty of Naumburg, however, the brothers agreed to a fresh division of the Meissen territory. They agreed to divide the Osterland between themselves. They did so in 1411; William received the larger part of the Osterland, including Leipzig, which Frederick had managed to obtain instead of Jena.

William fought at his brother's side in the Hussite war in Bohemia. He is rumoured to have been married to Amelia of Mazovia. According to Karlheinz Blaschke, however, he remained unmarried.

He died on 13 March 1425.


References and sources

  • Heinrich Theodor Flathe (1898), "Wilhelm II., Markgraf von Meißen", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 43, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, p. 124
William II, Margrave of Meissen
House of Wettin
Born: 1371 Died: 30 March 1425
Preceded by
William I
Margrave of Meissen
Succeeded by
Frederick I

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