Ulrich of Denmark (1611–1633)

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Prince Ulrich of Denmark

Ulrich of Denmark , with the dynastic title Ulrich, heir to Norway, Duke of Schleswig, Holstein, Stormarn and the Dithmarschen (born February 2, 1611 in Hillerød , † August 11, 1633 near Schweidnitz ) was a Danish prince when Ulrich III. Administrator of the diocese of Schwerin and general Saxon rider in the Thirty Years' War .


Ulrich of Denmark as a child, painting by Jacob van Doort, ca.1615

Ulrich was the sixth child and fourth son of King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway and his first wife Anna Katharina von Brandenburg (1575-1612). It was named after his uncle Ulrich of Denmark (1578–1624) .

On June 28, 1622, after long negotiations, the cathedral chapter of the Schwerin diocese posited him as administrator as the potential successor of his uncle Ulrich II. His father Christian IV signed the election surrender. The case of succession occurred two years later with the death of Ulrich II, when Ulrich III. was just 13 years old. His father Christian IV initially took over the custodial reign and achieved that on August 28, 1624 the tribute of the monasteries in Bützow took place.

In autumn 1627 the Thirty Years' War reached the monastery area, which was occupied by Wallenstein's troops under Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg . This ended de facto Ulrich's reign. He first became an officer in the Swedes. In the summer of 1630 he stayed as envoy in Wallenstein's quarters in Memmingen for 50 days , was entertained and reciprocated appropriately, tournament games were held.

In 1632 he then entered military service in the Electorate of Saxony. In 1632 he was General of the Cavalry in Ohlau . After a meal with imperial officers during an armistice, he was shot dead on August 11, 1633, presumably by rifleman Octavio Piccolominis . His body was brought to Copenhagen via Hamburg and finally buried in a burial chamber in Roskilde Cathedral in 1642 . The coffin with a memorial plaque is still there.


Christian III King of Denmark and Norway (1503–1559)
Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1534–1588)
Dorothea of ​​Saxony-Lauenburg (1511–1571)
Christian IV. King of Denmark and Norway (1577–1648)
Ulrich Duke of Mecklenburg (1527–1603)
Sophie of Mecklenburg (1557–1631)
Elisabeth of Denmark (1524–1586)
Ulrich of Denmark
Johann Georg Elector of Brandenburg , (1525–1598)
Joachim Friedrich Elector of Brandenburg (1546–1608)
Sophia of Liegnitz (1525–1546)
Anna Katharina of Brandenburg (1575-1612)
Johann Margrave of Brandenburg-Küstrin (1513–1571)
Catherine of Brandenburg-Küstrin (1549–1602)
Katharina of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1518–1574)


  • Franz Schildt: The diocese of Schwerin in the Protestant era. In: Yearbooks of the Association for Mecklenburg History and Archeology. 49, 1884, pp. 145-279 ( mvdok.lbmv.de ).
  • Josef Traeger : The bishops of the medieval diocese of Schwerin. With an appendix: Administrators and candidates in the post-Reformation period. Niels Stensen as bishop in Schwerin 1685/86. St. Benno Verlag, Leipzig 1984, p. 227.
  • Julius Albert Fridericia: Ulrik, 1611–33, Hertug . In: Carl Frederik Bricka (Ed.): Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Tillige omfattende Norge for Tidsrummet 1537-1814. 1st edition. tape 18 : Ubbe – Wimpffen . Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag, Copenhagen 1904, p. 75-77 (Danish, runeberg.org ).

Web links

Commons : Ulrik of Denmark (1611-1633)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Golo Mann : Wallenstein. His Life , Frankfurt am Main 2016 (first 1971), p. 672
predecessor Office successor
Ulrich II. Administrator of Schwerin
1624–1627 (1633)
Adolf Friedrich