Balthasar, Duke of Mecklenburg

Balthasar of Mecklenburg (1451 – 16 March 1507) was a Duke of Mecklenburg and Coadjutor of the Diocese of Hildesheim between 1471 and 1474 and the Diocese of Schwerin between 1474 and 1479.

Balthasar of Mecklenburg
Died16 March 1507
SpouseMargaret of Pomerania
HouseHouse of Mecklenburg
FatherHenry IV, Duke of Mecklenburg
MotherDorothea of Brandenburg (1420–1491)

Balthasar was the youngest son of Henry IV, Duke of Mecklenburg and Dorothea of Brandenburg, the daughter of the Margrave Frederick I of Brandenburg. When he came of age, Balthasar chose an ecclesiastical career. He was coadjutor of the Diocese of Hildesheim in the years 1471-1474 and then in the Diocese of Schwerin from 1474 to 1479. He probably was not satisfied with ecclesiastical life and returned to lay status in 1479. After mediation by his mother, an agreement was reached on 13 January 1480 between him and his older brothers to divide the duchy. His brother Albert VI received the larger part of the former Principality of Werle, while Balthasar and his brother Magnus II jointly administered the rest of the Duchy. After Magnus died, Balthasar ruled jointly with Magnus' sons.

Balthasar died on 16 March 1507 (or, less likely, on 17 March) in Wismar and was buried in the Doberan Abbey in Bad Doberan.

He married Margaret, daughter of Duke Eric II of Pomerania, in 1487. They had no children.

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Balthasar, Duke of Mecklenburg
Born: 1451  Died: 1507
Regnal titles
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Werner Wolmer
as prince-bishop
Administrator of the
Prince-Bischopric of Schwerin

Succeeded by
Nicholas II
as prince-bishop
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Albert VI and
Magnus II of Mecklenburg
Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
with Magnus II (brother) (1479–1503)
Albert VII (nephew) (1503–1520)
Eric II (nephew) (1503–1508)
Henry V (nephew) (1503–1520)
Succeeded by
Albert VII,
Eric II and
Henry V of Mecklenburg
Preceded by
Albert VI of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
in 1483 M.-Güstrow reverted to M.-Schwerin