Johann VII of Mecklenburg (7 March 1558 – 22 March 1592) (sometimes called Johann V, and usually translated to John VII or John V) was a Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
|Johann VII, Duke of Mecklenburg|
|Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Reign||12 February 1576 - 22 March 1592|
|Predecessor||John Albert I|
|Successor||Adolf Frederick I|
|Born||7 March 1558|
|Died||22 March 1592 (aged 34)|
|Spouse||Sophia of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp|
|Issue||Adolf Frederick I|
John Albert II
|House||House of Mecklenburg|
|Father||John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow and Schwerin|
|Mother||Anna Sophia of Prussia|
Johann was the son of John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow and Schwerin (1525–1576), and his wife Duchess Anna Sophia of Prussia (1527–1591). He was eighteen years old when his father died. A regency council was appointed that ruled in his name for the next nine years.
The regency handed over the actual rule of his territories to him in 1585. He immediately faced problems he was ill-equipped to deal with, including massive debt and his uncle Christopher's demands for territorial concessions. After an especially harsh argument with his uncle, he committed suicide.
Since suicides could not be buried in hallowed ground, a story was concocted which alleged that Johann had been killed by the devil as part of a pact with two women from Schwerin. The women were questioned: Katharina Wankelmuth, who died from the effects of torture, and Magdalena Rukitz, who was burned at the stake. Their condemnation as witches cleared the way for Johann's burial in Schwerin Cathedral.
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|Ancestors of John VII, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
- Friedrich Wigger (1885) (in German). "Stammtafeln des Großherzoglichen Hauses von Meklenburg" In: Verein für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde. – Band 50, p. 292.