Albert II, Margrave of Meissen

Albert II, Margrave Of Meissen

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Albert II, the Degenerate (de: Albrecht II der Entartete) (1240 – 20 November 1314) was a Margrave of Meissen, Landgrave of Thuringia and Count Palatine of Saxony. He was a member of the House of Wettin.

He was the eldest son of Henry the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen by his first wife, Constantia of Austria.

Life

In 1265 Margrave Henry III granted the Landgraviate of Thuringia and the Palatinate to Albrecht and the Margraviate of Landsberg in the Osterland to his younger brother Dietrich. Henry III kept for himself the Margraviates of Meissen and Lausitz as a formal power over his sons.

In June 1255 Albrecht married Margaret of Sicily, the daughter of Emperor Frederick II. As a dowry the Pleissnerland was pledged to the house of Wettin. They had five children:

  1. Henry (b. 21 March 1256 - d. 25 January/23 July? 1282), inherited the Pleissnerland in 1274.
  2. Frederick (b. 1257 - d. Wartburg, 16 November 1323), Margrave of Meissen.
  3. Dietrich, called Dietzmann (b. 1260 - murdered Leipzig, 10 December 1307), Margrave of Lausitz.
  4. Margaret (b. 1262 - d. young, aft. 17 April 1273).
  5. Agnes (b. 1264 - d. September 1332), married before 21 July 1282 to Heinrich I, Duke of Brunswick-Grubenhagen.


After what was at first a happy rule and marriage, Albrecht turned away from Margaret and began a passionate love affair with Kunigunde of Eisenberg. She bore him two children: a daughter, Elisabeth in 1269, and a son, Albrecht ("Apitz") in 1270.

When she...
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