Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania

Bogislaw XIII (Bogusław XIII) of Pomerania (9 August 1544 – 7 March 1606, Stettin; Polish: Szczecin), son of Philip I and Maria of Saxony, was a prince of Stettin and Wolgast, and a member of the Griffins.

Bogislaw XIII
Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
Reign14 February 1560 – 1569
PredecessorPhilip I
SuccessorErnst Ludwig
Duke of Pomerania-Barth
Reign1569 – 7 March 1606
PredecessorNew title
Duke of Pomerania-Rügenwalde
Reign1569 – 7 March 1606
PredecessorNew title
SuccessorGeorge II
Bogislaw XIV
Duke of Pomerania-Stettin
Reign1 September 1603 – 7 March 1606
PredecessorBarnim X
SuccessorPhilip II
Born(1544-08-09)9 August 1544
Died7 March 1606(1606-03-07) (aged 61)
  • Clara of Brunswick-Lüneburg
  • Anna of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg
German: Bogislaw XIII von Pommern
Polish: Bogusław XIII pomorski
HouseHouse of Griffins
FatherPhilip I, Duke of Pomerania
MotherMaria of Saxony
Franzburg in 1618

Bogislaw studied at the University of Greifswald at the age of 14. At first, he was co-regent with his brother Johann Friedrich of Pomerania-Wolgast, but in 1569 he settled with control over Barth and Neuenkamp. There, he founded a printing house in 1582, publishing in 1588 the "Barther Bible", a bible in the Low German language, as translated by Johannes Bugenhagen. In 1587 he founded Franzburg to compete with Stralsund.

From 1603 until his death, he ruled in Pomerania-Stettin, which he inherited under the Inheritance Treat of Jasenitz of 1509 in case his two brothers John Frederick (d. 1600) and Barnim X (d. 1603) would both die childless. He kept his residence in Barth, and his eldest son, Philip II, acted as governor in Stettin.

He is remembered as a wise ruler, knowledgeable in the areas of economics and governance.

Marriages and issueEdit

He married twice: first to Clara of Brunswick-Lüneburg, daughter of Francis, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. They had the following children:

Clara died in 1598. On 31 May 1601, he married Anna of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, daughter of John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg. This marriage is childless.


See alsoEdit


  • Werner Buchholz (ed.): Deutsche Geschichte im Osten Europas. Pommern. Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-88680-272-8, pp. 216, 233.
  • Martin Wehrmann: Geschichte von Pommern, 2d ed., vol. 2, Verlag Andreas Perthes, Gotha, 1921. Reprinted: Weltbild Verlag, Augsburg, 1992, ISBN 3-89350-112-6.

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Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania
Born: 9 August 1544 Died: 7 March 1606
Preceded by Dukes of Pomerania-Wolgast
altogether under tutelage until 1567

with his brothers Ernest Louis (1560–1592)
John Frederick (1560–1569)
Barnim X (1560–1569)
Succeeded by
New division Duke of Pomerania-Barth
Succeeded by
Duke of Pomerania-Rügenwalde (Darłowo)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Duke of Pomerania-Stettin
Succeeded by