Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg

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Albrecht VII
Duke of Mecklenburg
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Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Born (1486-07-25)25 July 1486
Died 5 January 1547(1547-01-05) (aged 60)
Noble family Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Spouse(s) Anna of Brandenburg
Father Magnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg
Mother Sophie of Pomerania-Wolgast

Albrecht VII, the Handsome, Duke of Mecklenburg in Güstrow (25 July 1486 – 5 January 1547), was a minor ruler in North Germany of the 16th century. He also asserted claims to Scandinavian thrones based on the royal lineage of the House of Mecklenburg.

In the course of the so-called Count's Feud, the Free City of Lübeck involved Duke Albrecht in its alliance with various parties and offered him the Danish crown. King Christian III of Denmark, however, managed to keep his kingdom: Christopher, Count of Oldenburg, and Duke Albert were besieged in Copenhagen in 1535–1536 until they capitulated.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 17 January 1524 he married Anna of Brandenburg, a daughter of Joachim I, Elector of Brandenburg. They had the following children:


Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 25 July 1486 Died: 5 January 1547
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Balthasar and
Magnus II
Dukes of Mecklenburg
with Henry V (brother) (1503–1520)
Eric II (brother) (1503–1508)
Balthasar (uncle) (1479–1507)
Succeeded by
as Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by
Henry V
as Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Preceded by
himself and
Henry V

as Dukes of Mecklenburg
Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by
John Albert I