William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg

William VIII of Jülich
Count of Ravensberg
Spouse(s) Adelheid of Tecklenburg
Noble family House of Jülich
Father William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg
Mother Anna of the Palatinate
Born c. 1380
Died 22 November 1428(1428-11-22)

William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg (c.1380 – 22 November 1428) was the youngest son of William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg and Anna of the Palatinate.[1]

Along with his brother, Adolf, William rebelled against his father but surrendered in 1404 and received his father's title as Count of Ravensberg which he held until his death in 1428.

In 1401, William was appointed Bishop of Paderborn by Pope Boniface IX through the influence of his uncle, Rupert, King of Germany. William's elder brother Rupert had held the same post from 1389–1394. Like his uncle, King Rupert, William was a follower of the Roman Popes. William aroused heavy unrest with his ecclesiastical reform effort and quarreled with Waldeck and Lippe, compelling acknowledgement of Paderborn's sovereignty over parts of Lippe. Despite territorial policy successes, he faced opposition and renounced Paderborn in 1414. He attempted to become Archbishop of Cologne but failed against Dietrich of Moers who also replaced William as Bishop of Paderborn. William then married Dietrich's niece, Adelheid of Tecklenburg, and became the father of the new line of the Dukes of Jülich-Berg and Counts of Ravensberg, when his brother Adolf died without an heir. William and Adelheid are buried in the Stiftskirche in Bielefeld.

Family and children

On 19 February 1416, William married Adelheid of Tecklenburg, daughter of Nicholas II, Count of Tecklenburg and Elisabeth of Moers. They had one son:

  1. Gerhard (c. 1416–1475), married Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg, daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg


16. Gerhard V of Jülich (bef 1250–1328)
8. William V, Duke of Jülich (c. 1299–1361)[2]
17. Elizabeth of Brabant-Aarschot (c. 1280–1350/55)
4. Gerhard VI of Jülich (c. 1325–1360)[3]
18. William I, Count of Hainaut (1286–1337)
9. Joanna of Hainaut (1311/13–1374)
19. Joan of Valois (c. 1294–1342)
2. William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg (c. 1348–1408)
20. Otto III of Ravensberg (1246–1305)
10. Otto IV, Count of Ravensberg (bef. 1276–1328)[4]
21. Hedwig of Lippe (c. 1245–1315)
5. Margaret of Ravensberg (c. 1320–1389)[5]
22. Henry of Berg, Lord of Windeck (bef. 1247–1290/95)
11. Margaret of Berg-Windeck (?–1339)[6]
23. Agnes of Mark (bef. 1258–?)
1. William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg
24. Rudolf I, Duke of Bavaria (1274–1319)
12. Adolf, Count Palatine of the Rhine (1300–1327)
25. Mechtild of Nassau (bef. 1280–1323)
6. Rupert II, Elector Palatine (1325–1398)
26. Ludwig VI of Öttingen (c. 1267–1346)
13. Irmengarde of Öttingen (1304–1389)[7]
27. Agnes of Württemberg (?–1317)
3. Anna of the Palatinate (1346–1415)
28. Frederick III of Sicily (1272–1337)
14. Peter II of Sicily (1305–1342)
29. Eleanor of Anjou (1289–1341)
7. Beatrice of Sicily (1326–1365)
30. Otto III of Carinthia (c. 1265–1310)
15. Elisabeth of Carinthia (1298–aft. 1347)
31. Euphemia of Liegnitz (c. 1278–1347)


  1. Walther Möller, Stammtafeln westdeutscher Adelsgeschlechter im Mittelalter (Darmstadt, 1922, reprint Verlag Degener & Co., 1995), Vol. 1, page 14.
  2. "Genealogics".
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William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg
Born: c.1380 Died: 22 November 1428
Preceded by
Count of Ravensberg
Succeeded by
Gerhard VII
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