Henry I (died 8 October 1291) was a Prince of Mecklenburg-Werle and Mecklenburg-Güstrow.

Henry I of Werle
Died(1291-10-05)5 October 1291
Noble familyHouse of Mecklenburg
Spouse(s)Rikissa Birgersdotter
Matilde of Brunswick-Lüneburg
FatherNicholas I of Werle
MotherJutta of Anhalt


He was the son of Prince Nicholas I of Mecklenburg-Werle and his wife Princess Jutta of Anhalt the daughter of Prince Henry I of Anhalt and his wife Princess Irmgard of Thuringia.[1][better source needed] Henry and his brother John ruled Mecklenburg-Werle jointly following the death of their father on 10 May 1277.[2]

Henry and his brother ruled jointly until 1283 when Henry founded the principality of Mecklenburg-Güstrow while John took up residence in the principality of Mecklenburg-Parchim which he ruled jointly with Prince Pribislaw II.[2] Henry's reign in Güstrow came to an end on 8 October 1291 after he was murdered near Saal by his two sons Henry and Nicholas both of whom succeeded him.[1]

Marriages and childrenEdit

Henry was married twice; firstly in 1262 to Rikissa Birgersdotter (died 1288), with the following children:

He was married secondly in 1291 to Matilde of Brunswick-Lüneburg (died 1302) the daughter of John of Brunswick, Duke of Lüneburg.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy of the House of Mecklenburg". Genealogy.EU.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "Regnal chronologies". Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2007.
Henry I of Werle
Born: c. 1245 Died: 8 October 1291
Regnal titles
Preceded by Prince of Mecklenburg-Werle
Became Prince of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
New title Prince of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by