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Duke Erich Griffin, II, of Pomerania in Wolgast

Polish: Eryk II Lienzer, książę, German: Erich II Von Pommern-Wolgast (Greifen), Herzog
Also Known As: "Erich II"
Birthplace: Stettin/Szczecin, Pommern, Deutschland(HRR)
Death: July 05, 1474 (55-56)
Wolgast, Vorpommern-Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (zaraza)
Place of Burial: Greifswald, Vorpommern-Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Wartislaw IX, Herzog von Pommern-Wolgast and Sophia von Sachsen-Lauenburg
Husband of Sophia of Pomerania-Stolp
Fiancé of Małgorzata meklemburska
Father of Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania; Casimir VI of Pomerania, Duke; Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin Af Pommern-Stettin; Katharina of Pomerania-Wolgast, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg; Elisabeth and 5 others
Brother of Elżbieta; Krzysztof Warcisławowic and Wartislaw X of Pomerania, duke

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About Erich II von Pommeren-Wolgast

ERICH II Duke of Pomerania in Wolgast

ERICH von Pommern, son of WARTISLAW IX Duke of Pomerania & his wife Sophie von Sachsen-Lauenburg ([1418/25]-Wolgast 5 Jul 1474). He succeeded his father in 1457 as ERICH II Duke of Pomerania in Wolgast.


  • Married firstly ([12/30] Nov 1451) MARGARETA von Mecklenburg, of HEINRICH Herzog von Mecklenburg-Stargard & his second wife Ingeborg von Pommern-Stettin (-[Nov 1451/1452]).
  • Married secondly SOPHIE von Pommern, daughter of BOGISLAW IX Duke of Pomerania & his wife Maria of Mazovia [Piast] ([1435]-[24 Aug 1494/1497]).

ERICH II Duke of Pomerania in Wolgas & his second wife SOPHIE von Pommern Had Nine Children

  • 1. BOGISLAW von Pommern (Stolp 3 Jul 1454-Stettin 5 Oct 1523). He succeeded his father in 1474 as BOGISLAW X "the Great" Duke of Pomerania in Wolgast. Duke of Pomerania 1478.
  • 2. KASIMIR [VII] ([before 1455]-[8/15] Sep 1474).
  • 3. ELISABETH (-1516 after 22 Oct). Prioress at Verchen.
  • 4. SOPHIE (-Wismar 26 Apr or 26 May 1504, bur Wismar Dominican Church). m (Anklam 24/31 May 1478) MAGNUS II Herzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, son of HEINRICH IV "der Fette" Herzog von Mecklenburg & his wife Dorothea von Brandenburg [Hohenzollern] (1 Jan 1441-20 Nov 1503, bur Doberan 20 Nov 1503).
  • 5. MARGARETA (-27 Mar 1526, bur Wismar Dominican Church). m (13 Jan 1482) BALTHASAR I Herzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, son of HEINRICH IV "der Fette" Herzog von Mecklenburg & his wife Dorothea von Brandenburg [Hohenzollern] (1451-Wismar 16 Mar 1507, bur Doberan).
  • 6. KATHARINA (1465-Wolfenbuttel 1526). m (1 Aug 1486) HEINRICH I Herzog von Braunschweig-Lüneburg in Wolfenbüttel (14 Jun 1463-23 Jun 1514)
  • 7. WARTISLAW [XI] (after 1465-1475).
  • 8. BARNIM [IX] (after 1465-1474).

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eric II or Erich II, of the House of Pomerania (Griffins), (* between 1418 and 1425, † 1474), was Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast from 1457 to 1474. He was the son of Wartislaw IX of Pomerania-Wolgast and Sophia of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1462, daughter of Eric IV of Saxe-Lauenburg).


In 1451, Wartislaw IX arranged his son's marriage to Sophia, daughter of Bogislaw IX of Pomerania-Stolp and heiress of Eric I of Pomerania-Stolp, who had also been king of the Kalmar Union. The marriage of these distant relatives granted Eric II access to Eric I's lands in Farther Pomerania. Also, Eric I arranged the Lauenburg-Bütow Land at the Pomerelian border to be granted by the Polish king to Eric II in January 3, 1455, as a reward for aiding Poland in her struggles with the Teutonic Knights.

In 1456, Eric took over Maszewo (ma chère-wo) Land in Farther Pomerania, despite Wassow being not included in his share of Pomerania. This led to conflicts with Otto III, Duke of Pomerania-Stettin and even Eric I. Even though the Pomeranian cities were able to mediate negotiations between the dukes which led to a compromise in January 16, 1457, at Rügenwalde, Eric lost the support of the other Pomeranian dukes with this action.

In August of 1457, Eric was hunting in the forests near Horst, belonging not to his lands, but to the Hanseatic city of Greifswald. In further disrespect of the city's rights he ordered local peasants to aid him. Greifswald's mayor Heinrich Rubenow led the burghers of Greifswald and Stralsund in an attempt to arrest Eric. Although the burghers captured his guards, Eric managed to escape. Yet, by now he was not only opposed by his co-ruling Pomeranian dukes, but also by the Pomeranian cities.

After the death of his father, Wartislaw IX, later in 1457, Eric received Pomerania-Wolgast together with his younger brother, Wartislaw X. They split the duchy with Wartislaw X receiving the principality of Rügen (with Rügen, Barth, Tribsees and Grimmen) while Eric received the eastern parts. Upon Eric I's death, in 1459 Eric II gained Pomerania-Stolp and Pomerania-Rügenwalde due to the claims of his wife. Despite being a partitioned duchy in reality, Pomerania was granted to the dukes as one fief to be co-ruled (zur gesamten Hand, which meant that several issues had to be acted upon in common). Because Eric did not respect Wartislaw X's rights as a co-ruler, Wartislaw sought for an alliance with the Margraviate of Brandenburg on September 6, 1459, in Angermünde. He pawned the area north of the Brandenburgian Uckermark to Hohenzollern margrave Frederick II and in return became assured of military protection against his brother.

Eric's wife, feeling not to be admitted to exercise power as she felt she deserved being the heir of Eric I, retreated to Rügenwalde castle to live there with Hans of Maszerski (ma chère-ski).

In 1464, Eric's cousin Otto III of Pomerania-Stettin died of the Black Death, leaving both Eric and Wartislaw as well as Brandenburg's Frederick II with claims for inheritance. In 1466 Eric II and Wartislaw X were granted liens by the elector of Brandenburg at Soldin. However the contract was not fulfilled and it came to military intervention. Aware that he would not withstand Brandenburg without allies, Eric sought to settle the conflict by allying with Poland and in 1470 invaded the Brandenburg Neumark. The Brandenburgers had their longtime claims to Pomerania re-verified by emperor Frederick III. The emperor ordered Erich II and Wartislaw X to recognize the suzerainty of Brandenburg. Mecklenburgs Duke Henry took a mediator role and the Mecklenburgian army moved eastward following the Tollense River, a Brandenburgian army advanced to the North from the Uckermark following the Randow River. The campaigns were ended by the Peace of Prenzlau of May 31, 1472 and the Pomeranian dukes gave the pledge of allegiance to the elector. Brandenburg was again granted the right of inheritance of Pomerania upon the extinction of the House of Pomerania.

Eric died in 1474 of a plague-like disease. He was buried in Eldena Abbey near Greifswald and was succeeded by his son Bogislaw X.

Marriage and issue

  • Eric II married Sophia of Pomerania-Stolp. With his wife, he had nine children:
  • Bogislaw X (1454–1523)
  • Casimir (ca. 1455–1474)
  • Wartislaw (after 1465–1475)
  • Barnim (after 1465–1474)
  • Elisabeth (d. 1516), prioress of Verchen Nunnery
  • Sophia (1460–1504), ∞ Duke Magnus II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and -Güstrow (1441–1503)
  • Margaret (d. 1526), ∞ Duke Balthasar of Mecklenburg (1451–1507), administrator of the prince-bishoprics of Hildesheim and Schwerin
  • Catherine (ca. 1465–1526), ∞ Duke Henry IV of Brunswick and Lunenburg (1463–1514), Prince of Wolfenbüttel
  • Mary (d. 1512), abbess of Wollin Nunnery


About Erich II von Pommeren-Wolgast (Polski)

Eryk II, zwany Lienzerem – syn Warcisława IX, księcia wołogoskiego i zjednoczonego księstwa. Wikipedia PL

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Erich II von Pommeren-Wolgast's Timeline

Stettin/Szczecin, Pommern, Deutschland(HRR)
June 3, 1454
Darlowo, Sławno County, West Pomerania, Poland
June 29, 1465
Wolgast, Pommern, Polska (Poland)
Slupsk, Koszalin, Polen
Stettin, Szczecin, West Pomerania, Poland
Slupsk, Koszalin, Polen