Ernest II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

For other people with the same name, see Ernest of Brunswick-Lüneburg.
Ernest II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Noble family House of Guelph
Father William the Younger of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother Dorothea of Denmark
Born (1564-12-31)31 December 1564
Died 2 March 1611(1611-03-02) (aged 46)

Ernest II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1564–1611), was the Prince of Lüneburg from 1592 to 1611.


Ernest was born on 31 December 1564 as the second of fifteen children and the eldest son of William the Younger and his consort Dorothea of Denmark. After studying at Wittenberg, Leipzig and Straßburg he returned to Celle as a result of his father's worsening health. In 1592, after the death of his father, he took over the reins of power. Initially he was limited to a rule of 8 years by a treaty with his brother Christian and the nobles. However, following the sealing of subsequent agreement, he was able to exercise power until his death on 2 March 1611. His rule was dominated by attempts to improve the financial situation of both the principality as well as his family, because his father had left the state in serious debt. Also worth mentioning is the Celle Family Treaty concluded by him in 1610, which secured the indivisibility of the principality and which was confirmed by Emperor Matthias in 1612.


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Ernest II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born: 31 December 1564 Died: 2 March 1611
German nobility
Preceded by
William the Younger
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Prince of Lüneburg

Succeeded by
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