Heinrich II. (Anhalt)

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Heinrich II. Prince of Anhalt-Aschersleben , called "the Fat" (* 1215 ; † after June 12, 1266 ), was a German sovereign from the Ascanian family .


Heinrich II. Was the eldest son of Prince Heinrich I of Anhalt and Irmgard of Thuringia, daughter of Landgrave Hermann I. He ruled from 1252 to 1266 as the first Prince of Anhalt-Aschersleben .

Heinrich II the Fat had been co-regent of his father Heinrich I from 1244 and after his death in 1252 shared the land of Anhalt with his two brothers. He himself took over the old main areas of Askanien- Aschersleben , Hecklingen , Ermsleben and Wörbzig . In 1247 he intervened in the Thuringian War of Succession and championed his own interests in alliance with Duke Albrecht I of Braunschweig-Lüneburg . He was captured in the Battle of Besenstedt in 1263 , imprisoned until 1265 and had to give up completely. In 1257 he elected Alfonso X of Castile as the German king and led feuds against the monasteries and archbishops of Magdeburg and the bishops of Halberstadt , as well as against the brothers and cousins. In 1266 he gave Aschersleben city rights.

Marriage and offspring

Since 1245 he was married to Mechtild von Braunschweig-Lüneburg , daughter of Duke Otto . She was regent from 1266 and from 1275 to 1295 abbess of Gernrode .

The following children were born out of the marriage:

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Otto I. and Heinrich III.