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Frédéric II (Ferry) de Lorraine, duc de Haute Lorraine

Also Known As: "Frederick of Lorraine"
Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Dagsbourg, Moselle, Lorraine, France
Death: circa October 09, 1213 (39-55)
Place of Burial: Stürzelbronn Abbey
Immediate Family:

Son of Ferry I, duc de Haute-Lorraine and Ludmilla of Poland
Husband of Agnès Theomaceta de Bar, Dame d'Amance, de Longwy & de Stenay
Father of Jacques de Lorraine; Matthieu II, duc de Haute Lorraine; Alix (Berthe) de Lorraine; Laurette de Lorraine; Reginald (Reinald) Graf von Lothringen-Blieskastel and 1 other
Brother of Judith de Haute-Lorraine; Cunégonde de Haute-Lorraine; Thierry le Diable; Hedwig de Lorraine; Henri de Lorraine, seigneur de Bayon and 4 others

Occupation: Duc de Haute Lorraine
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About Frédéric II, duke of Upper Lorraine

Frederick II, Duke of Lorraine

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Frederick II (died October 10, 1213) was the duke of Lorraine from 1206 to his death, son of Frederick I and Ludmilla, daughter of Mieszko III the Old, of the Piast Dynasty.

In 1179, a three-year civil war ended in Lorraine and Duke Simon II was forced to agree to the Treaty of Ribemont, whereby Lorrain was divided: the northern, germanophone half going to Simon's brother Frederick and the southern, francophone half to Simon, who had tried to appease Frederick by giving him the county of Bitche. Simon designated Frederick's son, Frederick, as his heir and abdicated in 1205. Nonetheless, Frederick was acclaimed duke, but died the next year. His son succeeded him and the duchy was completely reunited.

By his 1188 marriage to Agnes of Bar (d.19 June 1226), he received the lands of Amance, Longwy, and Stenay. He entered into a war with his father-in-law, Theobald I of Bar, and was defeated in 1208, being captured and imprisoned for seven months. To obtain his freedom, he relinquished the cities.

In 1197, he had supported Duke Philip of Swabia's candidature for the kingship of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, but, after Philip's death in 1208, he moved over to the side of Duke Otto of Brunswick, upon whose excommunication in 1211, he finally transferred his support to the Hohenstaufen heir, Frederick I of Sicily.


By his marriage to the daughter of the count of Bar and Laurette de Looz, he had:

Theobald (d.1220), his successor in Lorraine

Matthias (d.1251), his brother, successor in Lorraine

Reginald (d.1274), count of Blieskastel

Alice, countess of Ormes, married firstly Werner (d.1228), count of Kirbourg, and secondly, in 1229, Walter, lord of Vignory

Lauretta, married Simon III, Count of Saarbrücken, in 1226

Jacob (d.1260), bishop of Metz


His name in French is Ferry or Ferri, the diminutive of Frederick (French: Frédéric). The name Frederick was held by three dukes of a different house in the tenth and eleventh centuries. This, and the confusing succession to his uncle, has caused much confusion over his proper ordinal. If only the dukes of his house, those named Ferry, are counted, he is:

Frederick I, as the first rightful ruler of his line, by his uncle's designation

Frederick II, as the successor, in fact, to his father, Frederick I

If the previous dukes are counted, he could be:

Frederick III, as the other Frederick II was only a co-ruler

Frederick IV, if his father is counted

Frederick V, if all dukes, reigning and acclaimed, are counted, including both Frederick II of the older house and his father

To most historians, he is Frederick II, because to French historians, he is Ferry II.,_Duke_of_Lorraine

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Frédéric II, duke of Upper Lorraine's Timeline

Dagsbourg, Moselle, Lorraine, France
Age 26
Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France
Age 27
Lorriane, France
Age 28
Lorriane, France
Age 29
Lorriane, France
Age 29
Lorriane, France
October 9, 1213
Age 47
February 17, 1219
Age 47
Lorraine, France
Stürzelbronn Abbey