Otto II, Margrave of Brandenburg

Otto II (after 1147 – July 4, 1205), called The Generous (German: der Freigiebige), was the third Margrave of Brandenburg from 1184 until his death.

Otto II
Margrave of Brandenburg
Otto II, Margrave of Brandenburg.jpg
Margrave of Brandenburg
PredecessorOtto I
SuccessorAlbert II
Bornafter 1147
Died(1205-07-04)4 July 1205
SpouseAda of Holland
HouseHouse of Ascania
FatherOtto I
MotherJudith of Poland


Otto II by Joseph Uphues (1898) from the former Siegesallee, Berlin

Otto II was born into the House of Ascania as the eldest son of Otto I and Judith, a daughter of the Piast Duke of Poland Bolesław III Wrymouth.[1] Some time after his father died, Otto II married his father's widow, Ada of Holland. But it was childless.

Margrave of BrandenburgEdit

After succeeding his father, he improved the defense and settlement of Brandenburg and waged campaigns against the Slavs and Canute VI of Denmark. In the winter of 1198–99 he devastated Danish-occupied Pomerania and consolidated his territorial gains in the subsequent year with a campaign that pressed to Rügen and threatened Hamburg. In 1200 and 1203, he supported the Hohenstaufen king Philip of Swabia against the Welfen Holy Roman Emperor, Otto IV.


After his death, his brother Albert II inherited the margraviate.


  1. ^ Lyon 2013, p. 241.


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  • Helmut, Assing (2002). Die frühen Askanier und ihre Frauen (in German). Bernburg.
  • Lutz, Partenheimer (2001). Albrecht der Bär — Gründer der Mark Brandenburg und des Fürstentums Anhalt (in German). Cologne: Böhlau Verlag. ISBN 3-412-16302-3.
  • Lyon, Jonathan R. (2013). Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100–1250. Cornell University Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Preceded by
Otto I
Margrave of Brandenburg
Succeeded by
Albert II