Hermann II, Landgrave of Hesse

Hermann II of Hesse (1341 – 24 May 1413) was Landgrave of Hesse from 1376 to 1413.

Hermann II
Landgrave of Hesse
Coat of arms of Hesse.svg
Born1341
Burg Grebenstein, Grebenstein
Died24 May 1413 (aged 71–72)
Noble familyHouse of Hesse
Spouse(s)Johanna of Nassau-Weilburg
Margaret of Hohenzollern-Nuremberg
Issue
Anna
Heinrich
Elisabeth
Margarete
Agnes
Hermann
Frederick
Louis
FatherLouis the Junker
MotherElizabeth of Sponheim

Hermann II, called "the Scholar", was born in 1345 in Burg Grebenstein (de) (Grebenstein castle), the son of Louis the Junker. Louis the Junker was a son of Otto I, Landgrave of Hesse. Hermann studied in Paris and in Prague. After the death of Otto, the son and heir apparent of Henry II, the latter appointed his nephew Hermann as co-ruler and heir in 1367.

Hermann was married twice. The first marriage on 3 February 1377 was to Johanna, countess of Nassau-Weilburg [c. 1362-1383] but produced no children. The second was on 15 October 1383 to Margaret of Hohenzollern-Nuremberg [c. 1360-1406], daughter of Frederick V, Burgrave of Nuremberg. They had the following children:

  • Anna (1385–1386)
  • Henry (1387–1394)
  • Elisabeth (1388–1394).
  • Margarete (1389–1446), married to Henry I of Brunswick-Lüneburg
  • Agnes (1391–1471), married to Otto II of Brunswick-Göttingen
  • Hermann (1396–1406)
  • Frederick (1398–1402)
  • Louis (1402–1458), succeeded as Landgrave of Hesse

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Hermann II, Landgrave of Hesse
Born: 1341 Died: 24 May 1413
Preceded by
Henry II the Iron
 Landgrave of Hesse
1376–1413
Succeeded by
Louis I the Peaceful