Adolf VII of Berg

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Adolf VII of Berg (also referred to as Adolf IV, especially in the Netherlands and in Germany) (c. 1220 – 22 April 1259) was the eldest son of Henry IV, Duke of Limburg and Irmgard of Berg. [1]

Henry IV was the duke of Limburg and count of Berg from 1226 to his death. He was the son of Waleran III, count of Luxembourg and duke of Limburg, and Cunigunda, daughter of Frederick I, Duke of Lorraine.

Irmgard of Berg, heiress of Berg, was the child of Adolf VI count of Berg (1185–1218) and Berta von Sayn.


In 1247, Adolf succeeded his father as Count of Berg while his brother Waleran succeeded as Duke of Limburg. Adolf stood with his brother-in-law, Conrad of Hochstaden, Archbishop of Cologne, in the anti-Hohenstaufen camp, supporting King William II of Holland and received significant Imperial fiefs, including Kaiserswerth, Remagen, Rath, Mettmann and the Duisberg district of the national forest.

Waleran IV was the duke of Limburg from 1247 to his death. He was the son and successor of Henry IV and Ermengarde, countess of Berg.

Konrad von Hochstaden was Archbishop of Cologne from 1238 to 1261.

William II of Holland Count of Holland and King of the Romans

William II was a Count of Holland and Zeeland from 1234 until his death. He was crowned German anti-king in 1248 and ruled as sole King of the Romans from 1254 onwards.

In 1234, Adolf participated in the Crusade against the Stedinger. In 1255, he laid the foundation of the gothic Cathedral at Altena along with his brother Waleran. He died on 22 April 1259 as a result of wounds received during a tournament at Neuss.

Family and children

He married Margaret of Hochstaden, daughter of Lothar I, Count of Hochstaden. She died on 30 January 1314, aged more than 100 years. Adolf and Margaret had the following children:

  1. Adolf (c. 1240–1296)
  2. William (c. 1242–1308)
  3. Henry (bef. 1247–1290/96)
  4. Engelbert, Provost of St. Cunibert, Cologne
  5. Walram, Provost of St. Maria, Cologne
  6. Conrad (died 25 May 1313), Provost of Cologne Cathedral, Bishop of Münster (1306–1310)
  7. Irmgard (c. 1256–1294), married Eberhard II, Count of the Mark

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  1. Walther Möller, Stammtafeln westdeutscher Adelsgeschlechter im Mittelalter (Darmstadt, 1922, reprint Verlag Degener & Co., 1995), Vol. 3, page 211.
Preceded by
Henry IV, Duke of Limburg
Count of Berg
Succeeded by
Adolf VIII