Henry I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal

Henry I, also known as Henry Lackland (* March 21, 1256, † February 14, 1318 ) from the House of Ascanians, was Margrave of Brandenburg and Landsberg.


Henry was a son of the Margrave John I of Brandenburg from his third marriage with Jutta, the daughter of Duke Albert I of Saxony. The origin of his name addition " without land " is not known. Henry was more than fifteen years younger than his brothers John II, Otto IV "with the arrow" and Conrad I, and was likely therefore excluded at the beginning of government actions.

It was not until 1294 he took part in the government of the country and then received in dealing with his older brothers - after the Excerpten the Bohemian chroniclers Přibík Pulkava - Gelicz ( Delitzsch), which belonged to Mark Landsberg. The Mark Landsberg had been sold by the Meissen Margrave Albrecht of degenerates to the Margrave of Brandenburg. Since then, Henry led in documents almost without exception in the title of Margrave of Brandenburg also those of a Margrave of Landsberg. In this role, he wore with neighboring princes from various feuds. From the Archbishop of Magdeburg Burchard II of Blankenburg, he was occupied with excommunication.

In 1311 Henry was forced to cede to the dukedom of Saxony, the county palatine of Saxony with the castles Grillenberg in Sanger Hausen and Raspenburg at Rastenberg. He also lost a feud with the Lusatian margrave Dietrich IV

After the death of Henry VII of Luxembourg Heinrich was suggested by his nephew, the Margrave Waldemar of Brandenburg, as the successor to the German throne. He himself seems to have rejected this because he promised documentary to give his voice Duke Frederick the Fair or whose brother Leopold. Nevertheless, he later chose the Duke Ludwig of Bavaria Roman-German king.

Henry died on February 14, 1318 at the age of 61 years.


Henry was married to Agnes of Bavaria ( - 1345 ), daughter of Duke Louis II and widow of Landgrave Henry II of Hesse. The couple had four children:

  • Henry II of Brandenburg.
  • Sophia (1300-1356) ∞ Magnus I of Brunswick
  • Judith ∞ 1318 Henry II of Brunswick- Grubenhagen
  • Margaretha (1301 - 1347 ) Abbess in Weißenfelser Monastery of St. Clare (see Weißenfelser Abbey Chronicle ) http://www.kloster-st-claren.de/images/PDF/Original % 20Chronik.pdf