Wilhelm II (Jülich)

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Wilhelm II of Jülich (* around 1325; † December 13, 1393 ) was Duke of Jülich from 1361 to 1393 . He was the son of Wilhelm I von Jülich and his wife Johanna von Avesnes-Holland († 1374), daughter of Count Wilhelm III. from Holland.

His father installed him as co-regent as early as 1343. In the following years, however, there were quarrels and the son held the father prisoner from 1349 to 1351.

In the dispute between Rainald III. von Geldern and his brother Eduard he stood by Eduard, whom he also supported in the Brabant feud . In the battle of Baesweiler in 1371 he put Wenceslaus I , Duke of Brabant, prisoner.

In 1372 he submitted to the grace of Emperor Charles IV and secured his sons the inheritance for the Duchy of Geldern .

He was married to Maria von Geldern, daughter of Duke Rainald II . He had three children with her:

  • Wilhelm von Jülich (1364–1402), since 1371/77 as Wilhelm I Duke of Geldern and since 1393 as Wilhelm III. Duke of Jülich.
  • Rainald von Jülich (* around 1365, † 1423), from 1402 as Rainald IV Duke of Geldern and as Rainald I Duke of Jülich.
  • Johanna ∞ Johann XII. Lord of Arkel († 1426)


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Wilhelm I. Duke of Jülich 1361–1393
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William III.