Louis the Junker
|Louis the Junker|
|Died||2 February 1345|
|Noble family||House of Hesse|
|Spouse(s)||Elisabeth of Sponheim-Kreuznach|
|Father||Otto I, Landgrave of Hesse|
|Mother||Adelheid of Ravensberg|
In 1326, Otto I and his wife visited Pope John XXII in Avignon with a large retinue. During that visit, John XXII promised that Louis would received a prebendary. However, Louis refused to remain celibate, and renounced his ecclesiastical career.
Marriage and issueEdit
On 15 October 1340, Louis married Elisabeth (or Elise), a daughter of Count Simon II of Sponheim-Kreuznach. She was the widow of the Swabian Count Rudolph I of Hohenberg, who had died in 1336. Louis and Elisabeth had three children:
- Otto (1341-1357). He was destined for an ecclesiastical career and was educated in Magdeburg, where he became a canon and intended to succeed his uncle Otto as Archbishop. However, he died young. Allegedly, he was poisoned by abbot Henry VII of Fulda Abbey.
- Herman II, nicknamed "the Learned" (c. 1342 – 1413), succeeded his uncle Henry II, Landgrave of Hesse as Landgrave of Hesse
- Agnes (c. 1344 – 25 December 1394), was abbess of the Cistercian monastery St. Catherine in Eisenach, where she died
- Eckhart G. Franz: Das Haus Hessen, Kohlhammer Urban, Stuttgart, 2005, ISBN 978-3-17-018919-5, p. 23–25
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