Henry, Duke of Schleswig

Henry (c. 1342; † August 1375 ) was from 1364 to 1375 Duke of Schleswig or South Jutland.

Life and work

Henry was the younger son of the Duke Waldemar Erich V. son of Schleswig, of Waldemar III. from June 7, 1326 until February 23, 1330 was underage king of Denmark. His older brother Erbherzog Waldemar (* 1338, † 1360 ) had occurred since 1353 in several documents as Mitbesiegler, but since 1360 Henry took over this role.

Duke Henry inherited the Duchy of Schleswig in 1364 only parts because the southern area was pledged to the Schauenburger Counts of Holstein. Other parts of his mother, Richarda Günzelstochter of Schwerin -Wittenburg († 1384 ) were granted as a jointure or dowry for their care in widowhood. Thus Henry ruled only small parts of his duchy and was often strapped for cash. In 1367, he had pledge to the Danish noble family Panter even the island of Langeland. ( † 1397 * 1320) of Holstein- Rendsburg trapped in the South; Moreover, he was between the strong Danish King Waldemar IV Christoffer son Atterday in the north and the Count Henry II (* 1317 † 1384 ) and Nicholas. Therefore, he tried between the contending parties to mediate or got caught in the crossfire. In June 1374, he has finally released all of its mortgage bonds to the king.

His tomb is in the church of the city Sorö on the main Danish island of Zealand.


Henry married in 1370 Cunegonde ( † around 1386 ), whose family has not yet been identified. They witnessed no children, thus died Schleswiger Duke dynasty with him.

Literature / Sources

  • Dansk biografisk leksikon, Vol 10, Copenhagen 1936
  • Diplomatarium Danicum III, 9, No. 375 ( Pfandbriefe 1374 ), Copenhagen 1982
  • Otto Brandt: History of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel 1989
  • Hans J. Runge: Niehuus in late medieval country's history; in: Yearbook of the Heimatverein Schleswigsche Geest 2003, Husum 2002
  • H.V. Gregersen: Slesvig og Holsten indtil 1830, Copenhagen 1981
  • Duke (Schleswig )
  • Prince (Denmark)
  • House Estridsson
  • Born in the 14th century
  • Died in 1375
  • Man