Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel

Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg, also known as Herman the Tall (c. 1275 – 1 February 1308), a member of the House of Ascania, was Margrave and co-ruler of Brandenburg with his cousin Margrave Otto IV of Brandenburg-Stendal.

Herman the Tall
Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
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Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel by Anton Boys
Bornc. 1275
Died(1308-02-01)1 February 1308
Lübz, Duchy of Mecklenburg,
Holy Roman Empire
BuriedLehnin Abbey
Noble familyHouse of Ascania
Spouse(s)Anne of Austria
FatherOtto V, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
MotherJudith of Henneberg-Coburg


Herman was the son of Margrave Otto V of Brandenburg-Salzwedel and his wife Judith, daughter of the Franconian count Herman I of Henneberg. In 1299, he succeeded his father as co-regent of Brandenburg, which he ruled jointly with his cousin Otto IV. After the death of the Piast duke Bolko I of Jawor, he exercised the guardianship over Bolko's children.

In 1308, war broke out between Brandenburg and the Duchy of Mecklenburg, the so-called North German Margrave War. Herman and Otto invaded Mecklenburg and Herman died during the siege of Lübz. He was buried in the Lehnin Abbey.

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1295 he married Anne of Austria (1280-1327), the daughter of the late Habsburg king Albert I of Germany. They had four children:


  • Otto von Heinemann (1880), "Hermann (Markgraf von Brandenburg)", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), vol. 12, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 123–124
Herman, Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
Born: c. 1275 Died: 1 February 1308
Preceded by Margrave of Brandenburg-Salzwedel
Succeeded by