Wilhelm II. (Braunschweig-Calenberg-Göttingen)

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Wilhelm II. Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and Calenberg-Göttingen (* approx. 1425 - † July 7, 1503 ) from the house of the Welfs , called Wilhelm the Younger , was Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneburg , Prince of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and Prince of Calenberg-Göttingen . He was the son of Wilhelm I (1392–1482) and Cäcilie von Brandenburg (1405–1449), daughter of Friedrich I of Brandenburg.


After the death of his father Wilhelm I in 1482, Wilhelm the Younger inherited the duchy together with his brother Friedrich , known as the restless , and thus bore the title Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. The brothers exercised the sovereignty together, but shared the rights of use in a contract dated August 1, 1483 (so-called mutsching ). Wilhelm initially received the rights of use for Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel; When his brother was deposed in 1484/85, Wilhelm II then also received the rights of use for the Principality of Calenberg and the Principality of Göttingen . Thus, Wilhelm II briefly united the principalities of Calenberg, Braunschweig-Göttingen and Braunschweig Wolfenbüttel. However, he made a separation again and created the new principality of Calenberg-Göttingen. As early as 1495 he abdicated as a duke. His sarcophagus, which was made during his lifetime, is in the Church of St. Blasius in Hann. Münden .


In 1444 Wilhelm II married Elisabeth zu Stolberg (1428–1520 / 21), daughter of Count Botho zu Stolberg , and had two sons and a daughter:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website on the grave site in Worms
  2. Website on the epitaph
predecessor Office successor
Wilhelm I. Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneburg
Prince of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel
Heinrich I.
--- Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg
Prince of Calenberg-Göttingen
1484 / 1485–1495
Erich I.