Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg (1258–1304) was the first Count of Holstein-Rendsburg.

Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Seal of Henry I from about 1295 to 1302
Noble familyHouse of Schaumburg
Spouse(s)Heilwig of Bronckhorst
FatherGerhard I, Count of Holstein-Itzehoe
MotherElisabeth of Mecklenburg



He was the son of Gerhard I, Count of Holstein-Itzehoe (d. 1290) and Elisabeth of Mecklenburg (d. c. 1280). In 1285, he was able to persuade King Eric V of Denmark to release Duke Valdemar IV of Schleswig from captivity. After the death of his father, the surviving sons divided the county among themselves. Henry was awarded the division of Rendsburg. He was constantly at war with the Dithmarschen.

Shortly before his death he introduced a toll on imported goods. Half the proceeds went to Hamburg, the other half was divided between Holstein-Schaumburg and Holstein-Rendsburg. After the Holstein-Schaumburg line died out in 1640, the Holstein half of the proceeds went to the Duchy of Holstein. After the Dukes of Holstein died out in 1768, the proceeds went to Hamburg[1]



The inscription in his seal reads: S (IGILLUM) * HINRICI * Comitis * HOLTSATIE * ET * EN * SCOWENBRCH (Seal of Henry, Count of Holstein and Schauenburg).

Marriage and issue


He married in 1289 to Heilwig (1265 – after 1331), the daughter of Willem II van Bronkhorst, lord of Bronkhorst and Rekem, and of Ermgard van Randerode. The couple had the following children:


  1. ^ Eduard Wippermann, Kurze Staatsgeschichte der Herzogthümer Schleswig und Holstein, p. 61 Online
  • Marek, Miroslav. "holstein/holstein1.html". Genealogy EU.
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  • Henri Vermeulen, Het Geslacht van Bronkhorst en de boedelscheiding van 26 oktober 1328, in: De Nederlandsche Leeuw, page 102 until 110
Henry I, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Born: 1258 Died: 1304
Preceded byas Count of Holstein-Itzehoe Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Succeeded by