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Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Magnus II
21 generations from the origin. Great x 19 grandfather.
Birth: 1324, Brunswick-Lüneburg;
Death: 1373; ;
Age: 49

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  • Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg


Magnus (1324 – 1373), called Magnus with the Necklace (Latin: Magnus Torquatus) or Magnus II, was Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, ruling the Brunswick-Lüneburg principalities of Wolfenbüttel (colloquially also called Brunswick) and, temporarily, Lüneburg.

Magnus was the son of Magnus the Pious, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Wolfenbüttel). In 1362 Magnus and his brother Louis helped their brother Prince-Archbishop Albert II of Bremen to assert himself against the incumbent diocesan administrator Morris of Oldenburg, who claimed the see for himself. Magnus, Louis and the latter's father-in-law William II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Celle), and their troops beleaguered Morris in the prince-archiepiscopal castle in Vörde and forced him to sign his resignation.

After the death of his brother Louis in 1367, Magnus became the designated heir of both ducal principalities, Wolfenbüttel and Celle (colloquially also Lüneburg). When both his father and William II, who ruled over Celle, died in 1369, Magnus gained both ducal principalities. But already in 1370, he lost Celle to the Ascanian dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg (Albert and his uncle Wenceslas, Elector of Saxe-Wittemberg), who had been given the principality by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, who had also banned Magnus. Several cities, including Lüneburg (Lunenburg), Uelzen, and Hanover switched allegiance to the Ascanians; Magnus managed to keep the City of Braunschweig (Brunswick) among his allies only with difficulties. The Lüneburg War of Succession continued for several years after Magnus died in the Battle of Leveste (a part of today's Gehrden), near the Deister, on 25 July 1373.

Magnus married Catherine, daughter of Bernhard III, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, who married Magnus' enemy, Albert, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg, after his death. They had many children including:
Elizabeth married Duke Gerhard VI of Schleswig-Holstein (ca. 1367-4 August 1404)

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Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Magnus I
1304 - 1369
Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg Sophia of Brandenburg-Stendal
1300 - 1356
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: , Place: , Status: Marriage, Note:
Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg Katharina of Anhalt-Bernburg
c. 1325 -
Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein Katharine Elisabeth of Brunswick
Great x 18 grandmother
c. 1370 -
Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg Sophia
Great x 18 grandaunt
c. 1360 -
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Frederick I
Great x 18 granduncle
c. 1357 - Jun 5, 1400
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Bernard I
Great x 18 granduncle
c. 1360 - Jun 11, 1434
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