Louis V, Elector Palatine

Louis V, Count Palatine of the Rhine (German: Ludwig V. von der Pfalz) (2 July 1478, in Heidelberg – 16 March 1544, in Heidelberg), also Louis the Pacific, was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty was prince elector of the Palatinate. His parents were Philip, Elector Palatine, and Margaret, a daughter of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria-Landshut.

Louis V, Elector Palatine
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Elector Palatine Louis V
Elector Palatine
Reign28 February 1508 - 16 March 1544
SuccessorFrederick II
Born2 July 1478
Died16 March 1544(1544-03-16) (aged 65)
SpouseSibylle of Bavaria
HouseHouse of Wittelsbach
FatherPhilip, Elector Palatine
MotherMargaret of Bavaria
ReligionLutheran (from 1530s)
Roman Catholic (until 1530s)

He converted to Lutheranism in the 1530s.


Louis succeeded his father in 1508 and had to cope with the consequences of the lost Landshut War of Succession against Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria. With the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1518 Louis achieved the annulment of the Imperial Ban against the Palatinate. In 1519 Louis voted for Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

During the German Peasants' War, Louis found himself surrounded by 8,000 armed peasants in Neustadt, where he invited their leaders to dinner and complied with their demands.[1]

Louis married Sibylle, daughter of Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria but had no children by her. He was succeeded by his brother Frederick.


Louis V, Elector Palatine
Born: 1478 Died: 1544
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by Elector Palatine
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Durant, Will (1957). The Reformation. The Story of Civilization. Vol. 6. Simon and Schuster. p. 389.