Nicholas II, Lord of Werle
|Died||18 February 1316|
Pustow, near Güstrow
|Noble family||House of Mecklenburg|
|Spouse(s)||Richeza of Denmark|
Matilda of Brunswick-Lüneburg
|Father||John I of Werle|
|Mother||Sophia of Lindow-Ruppin|
His uncle Henry I of Werle was killed in 1291 by his sons Henry II and Nicholas, because he had remarried and they felt this threatened their inheritance. After a prolonged war, Nicholas II defeated his cousins, who had formed an alliance with Lord Henry II of Mecklenburg and Elector Albert III of Brandenburg. This allowed him to reunite Werle-Parchim and Werle-Güstrow.
In 1311, he travelled to Montpellier in southern France, where he hoped to be cured of leprosy at the famous school of medicine. He was not cured, but the progress of the disease was slowed. He retired from government and lived the rest of his life at Pustow, near Güstrow.
Marriage and issueEdit
Nicholas first married in 1292, with Richeza (died before 27 October 1308), a daughter of King Eric V of Denmark. He had two children with her:
- John III, Lord of Werle-Goldberg
- Sophia (d. 6 December 1339), married with Gerhard III "the Great", Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
His second wife was Matilda, the daughter of Duke Otto II of Brunswick-Lüneburg. This marriage remained childless.
- Karl Ernst Hermann Krause (1886), "Nicolaus II. (Fürst von Mecklenburg-Werle)", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), vol. 23, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, p. 619
- Karl Koppmann: Zur Geschichte des Fürsten Nicolaus II. von Werle, in Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde, essay 9, vol. 56, Schwerin, 1891, Online
- Literature about Nicholas II of Werle in the State Bibliography (Landesbibliographie) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern