Herman II, Lord of Lippe

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Herman II
Lord of Lippe
Born 1175
Lippe (now called Lippstadt)
Died(1229-04-25)25 April 1229
Noble family Lippe
Spouse(s) Oda of Tecklenburg
Father Bernard II, Lord of Lippe
Mother Heilwig of Are-Hostaden

Herman II, Lord of Lippe (1175 in Lippe (now called Lippstadt) 25 April 1229) was a ruling Lord of Lippe.

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Principality of Lippe german principality

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Herman II was the eldest son of Lord Bernhard II and his wife, Heilwig, a daughter of Count Otto I Heilwig of Are-Hostaden.

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He was co-regent with his father, and succeeded him in 1196 as ruler of the House of Lippe. He was less belligerent than his father and brother, and often tried to act as intermediary when his neighbours had a dispute. In the dispute over the German throne in 1198, Herman supported the Guelph side. He switched sides to support Emperor Frederick II in 1214.

House of Lippe noble family

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In 1217 or 1218, Herman became administrator in Utrecht, representing his brother Otto II, who was Bishop of Utrecht. He promoted the cities and gained the post of Vogt of the Monasteries Clarholz and Herzebrock. His main opponent during this period was Engelbert II of Berg, who was Archbishop of Cologne. Earlier in his career, Herman had supported Engelbert.

Otto II of Lippe Dutch bishop

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<i lang="de" title="German language text">Vogt</i> title of overlordship or nobility in the Holy Roman Empire

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Engelbert II of Berg Archbishop of Cologne

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In 1227, Herman II fought in the Battle of Bornhöved against Denmark. He supported his brother, Archbishop Gerhard II [1] of Bremen against the farmers in Stedingen and fell in battle against them.

Battle of Bornhöved (1227) battle

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Archbishopric of Bremen archdiocese

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Stedingen is an area north of Bremen in the delta of the Weser river in north-western Germany.

Marriage and issue

Herman was married to Oda, a daughter of Count Simon I of Tecklenburg and Countess Oda of Berg-Altena. Among their seven children were:

Simon I, Count of Tecklenburg was Count of Tecklenburg from 1156 until his death.

Herman II, Lord of Lippe
Born: 1175 Died: 25 April 1229
Preceded by
Bernard II
Lord of Lippe
Succeeded by
Bernard III
Lord of Rheda

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  1. "ARE-HOSTADEN" . Retrieved 1 September 2015.