Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg

Albrecht VII, the Handsome, Duke of Mecklenburg in Güstrow (25 July 1486 – 5 January 1547), was a minor ruler in North Germany of the 16th century. He also asserted claims to Scandinavian thrones based on the royal lineage of the House of Mecklenburg.

Albrecht VII
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Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Duke of Mecklenburg
Born(1486-07-25)25 July 1486
Died5 January 1547(1547-01-05) (aged 60)
SpouseAnna of Brandenburg
IssueMagnus of Mecklenburg
John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Ulrich III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
George of Mecklenburg
Anna, Duchess of Courland
Louis of Mecklenburg
John of Mecklenburg
Christopher, Duke of Mecklenburg-Gadebusch
Sophie of Mecklenburg
Charles I, Duke of Mecklenburg
FatherMagnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg
MotherSophie of Pomerania-Wolgast


In the course of the so-called Count's Feud, the Free City of Lübeck involved Duke Albrecht in its alliance with various parties and offered him the Danish crown. King Christian III of Denmark, however, managed to keep his kingdom: Christopher, Count of Oldenburg, and Duke Albert were besieged in Copenhagen in 1535–1536 until they capitulated.

Marriage and childrenEdit

On 17 January 1524 he married Anna of Brandenburg, a daughter of Joachim I, Elector of Brandenburg. They had the following children:

Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 25 July 1486 Died: 5 January 1547
Regnal titles
Preceded by Dukes of Mecklenburg
with Henry V (brother) (1503–1520)
Eric II (brother) (1503–1508)
Balthasar (uncle) (1479–1507)
Succeeded by
as Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded byas Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Preceded by
himself and
Henry V
as Dukes of Mecklenburg
Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by