William II, Landgrave of Hesse

William II
Landgrave of Upper Hesse
Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Born 29 April 1469
Died 11 July 1509 (aged 40)
Spouse Yolande of Vaudémont
Anna of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Issue William
Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse
House House of Hesse
Father Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Mother Mechthild of Württemberg-Urach

William II (29 April 1469 – 11 July 1509) was Landgrave of Lower Hesse from 1493 and Landgrave of Upper Hesse after the death of his cousin, William III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse in 1500.

William II is also called "William the Middle" to distinguish him from his elder brother "William I the Elder", and his cousin "William III, the Younger". His parents were Louis II the Frank (1438–1471) and Mechthild, daughter of Count Louis II of Württemberg.

William II became Landgrave of Lower Hesse in 1493, after his brother William I resigned.

On 9 November 1497 William II married Yolande, daughter of Frederick II of Vaudémont. She died on 21 May 1500 after the marriage produced one child, William (27 March 1500 – 8 April 1500). The same year on 20 October, his second marriage was to Anna of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (14 September 1485 – 12 May 1525), who bore him three children:

In 1500, William II reunited the Landgraviate of Hesse after the death of his cousin William III. In 1503, Emperor Maximilian I commissioned William with executing the ban on Elector Philip of the Palatinate.


8. Hermann II, Landgrave of Hesse
4. Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse
9. Margaret of Hohenzollern-Nuremberg
2. Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse
10.Frederick I, Elector of Saxony
5. Anna of Saxony, Landgravine of Hesse
11.Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg
1. William II, Landgrave of Hesse
12.Eberhard IV, Count of Württemberg
6. Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg-Urach
13.Henriette, Countess of Montbéliard
3. Mechthild of Württemberg-Urach
14.Louis III, Elector Palatine
7. Mechthild of Germany
15.Matilda of Savoy


Preceded by
William I
Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Succeeded by
Philip I
Preceded by
William III
Landgrave of Upper Hesse
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