Gerhard VI, Count of Oldenburg

Gerhard VI, Count of Oldenburg (German: Gerhard (Gerd) der Mutige von Oldenburg; 1430 – 22 February 1500) was a Count of Oldenburg and regent of Bad Zwischenahn in 1440–1482.[1]

Gerhard VI "the Quarrelsome"
Count of Oldenburg
Blason Gérard VI (1430-1500), comte d'Oldenbourg et de Delmenhorst.svg
Coat of arms of Gerhard VI
Died22 February 1500 (aged 69–70)
Noble familyHouse of Oldenburg
Spouse(s)Adelheid of Tecklenburg
Gerhard of Oldenburg
Dietrich of Oldenburg
Adolph, Count of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst
Christian of Oldenburg
John V, Count of Oldenburg
Otto of Oldenburg
Elisabeth of Oldenburg
Anna of Oldenburg
Irmgard von Esens, Countess of Harlingerland
Hedwig of Oldenburg
Adelheid of Oldenburg
FatherDietrich of Oldenburg
MotherHelvig of Schauenburg


Gerhard was the third son of Dietrich of Oldenburg and his wife, Helvig of Schauenburg. His eldest brother first succeeded their father and later was elected King Christian I of Denmark in 1448, therefore passing on the county to his brothers in 1450. From 1440 to 1463 Gerhard VI ruled in Delmenhorst as regent and from 1464 to 1482 (after the death of his brother Maurice) as the guardian of his nephew Jakob. He was constantly at war with Gerhard III, Prince-Archbishop of Bremen, and Frisians. In 1483 Gerhard was compelled to abdicate in favor of his sons, and he died whilst on a pilgrimage in the Rhône valley. [2][3]

Family and childrenEdit

In 1453 he married with Adelheid of Tecklenburg (c. 1435 – 2 March 1477), daughter of Otto VII, Count of Tecklenburg. They had eleven children:



  1. ^ "Gerhard (Gerd) VI. der Mutige". Deutsche Biographie. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Gerhard der Mutige". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Christian I. (König von Dänemark, Norwegen und Schweden)". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
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Other sourcesEdit

Gerhard VI, Count of Oldenburg
Born: 1430 Died: 22 February 1500
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Christian VII
Count of Oldenburg
Succeeded by