Henry II, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

Henry II, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

Seal of Henry II, dating from about 1343
Spouse(s) Matilda of Lippe
Ingeborg of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Noble family House of Schauenburg
Father Gerhard III, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Mother Sophia of Werle
Born c.1317
Died c.1384

Count Henry II of Holstein-Rendsburg (nickname Iron Henry; c.1317 c.1384) was count of Holstein-Rendsburg and pledge lord of Southern Schleswig. He ruled jointly with his younger brother, Count Nicholas (d. 1397).


Henry was the elder son of Count Gerhard III and Sophia of Werle. Henry was a major European player as a mercenary leader and a typical representative of the late medieval knighthood. He fought in Italy, Russia, Estonia and France. He served in the English and Swedish armies. In 1367, he was commander of a fleet of the Hanseatic League and in 1368, he conquered Copenhagen. Count Henry II and his brother Nicholas vigorously defended their claims in Holstein and Schleswig, against Denmark and against the Frisians.

Marriage and issue

Henry was married twice:[1]

  1. Matilda (d. 1365), the daughter of Bernard V, Lord of Lippe. They had one daughter:
    1. Matilda (documented on March 12, 1365) [2]
  2. 1366 Ingeborg (d. c.1398), daughter of Albert II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They had four children:


His seal had the inscription: S (IGILLUM) * HINRICI * D (E) I * GRA (TIA) * COMIT (IS) * HOLTZACIE * STORM ARIA (Seal of Henry by the grace of God Duke of Holstein, (and) Stormarn)


External links


  1. Bei der Wieden, p. 70
  2. Bei der Wieden, p. 75
  3. Helge bei der Wieden calls him Gerhard V
Henry II, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Born: c.1317 Died: c.1384
German nobility
Preceded by
Gerhard III
Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
as Henry II
with his brother Nicholas (1340-1397)
Succeeded by
Albert II and
Gerhard VI
Danish nobility
Preceded by
Henry I
Duke of Schleswig
as Henry II
with his brother Nicholas (1375-1386)
Succeeded by

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