Bernhard II. (Braunschweig-Lüneburg)

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Bernhard II as the 41st Bishop of Hildesheim in a painting with medallions depicting all Hildesheim bishops up to the end of the 18th century; Latin inscription: "From a secular he became a clergyman and from a bishop a secular."

Bernhard II , Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg , (* before 1452; † 1464 ) was Bishop of Hildesheim from 1452 to 1458 and Prince of Lüneburg from 1457 to 1464 .


Bernhard was born the son of Friedrich the Pious and his wife Magdalene von Brandenburg . In 1452 Bernhard was elected coadjutor at the request of the Bishop of Hildesheim and succeeded him after his death. The bishop's hope of strengthening himself against the Guelph principality of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel through a Guelph , however, turned out to be deceptive, as Bernhard felt primarily committed to the interests of his family. At the request of his father, he left the monastery in 1457 to take over the reign in the Principality of Lüneburg , which he exercised together with his brother Otto the Victorious until his death in 1464. Bernhard died without leaving an heir; his marriage to Mathilde von Schaumburg († July 22, 1468) in 1463 remained childless.


predecessor Office successor
Magnus of Saxony-Lauenburg Bishop of Hildesheim
Ernst I. von Schauenburg
Frederick II the Pious Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg,
Prince of Lüneburg

Otto V. the Victorious