William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg

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William VII of Jülich
1st Duke of Berg
Bornc. 1348
Died(1408-06-25)25 June 1408
BuriedAbbey church in Altenberg
Noble family House of Jülich
Spouse(s)Anna of the Palatinate
Father Gerhard VI of Jülich, Count of Berg and Ravensberg
Mother Margaret of Ravensberg

William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg (c.1348 25 June 1408) was born in Jülich, as the son of Gerhard VI of Jülich, Count of Berg and Ravensberg, and Margaret, daughter and heiress of Otto IV, Count of Ravensberg, and Margaret of Berg. [1]

Jülich Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Jülich is a town in the district of Düren, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. As a border region between the competing powers in the Lower Rhine and Meuse areas, the town and the Duchy of Jülich played a historic role from the Middle Ages up to the 17th century.

Gerhard VI of Jülich, Count of Berg and Ravensberg was the son of William V, Duke of Jülich and Joanna of Hainaut.

Margaret of Ravensberg was the daughter and heiress of Otto IV, Count of Ravensberg and Margaret of Berg-Windeck.


Upon his father's death in 1360, William became Count of Berg and Ravensberg, a title that his father had gained by marrying the heiress of Berg and Ravensberg. In 1380, King Wenzel elevated him to the rank of Duke, thus becoming the first Duke of Berg.

William fought the counties of Mark and Cleves to prevent them from combining but in 1397 he was taken prisoner in the battle of Kleverhamm. He lost Remagen, Kaiserwerth and Sinzig to his nephew Adolf IV, Count of Kleve-Mark and due to these losses, his sons turned against him and imprisoned him in 1403/04. He ultimately forced them to submit and later supported his brother-in-law Rupert, King of Germany against Guelders-Jülich and won the county of Blankenburg. William died on 25 June 1408 and is buried in the Abteikirche in Altenberg.

Rupert, King of Germany King of Germany and Elector Palatine

Rupert of the Palatinate, a member of the House of Wittelsbach, was Elector Palatine from 1398 and King of Germany (rex Romanorum) from 1400 until his death.

Family and children

On 28 September 1363, William married Anna of the Palatinate (1346 – 30 November 1415), daughter of Rupert II, Elector Palatine and Beatrice of Sicily. They had the following children:

Rupert II, Elector Palatine Elector Palatine

Rupert II, Count Palatine of the Rhine. He was the Elector Palatine of the Rhine from the house of Wittelsbach in 1390–1398.

Beatrice of Sicily (1326–1365) Mother of King Rupert of Germany

Beatrice of Sicily was a daughter of Peter II of Sicily and his wife Elisabeth of Carinthia. She was born into the House of Aragon.

  1. Beatrice (c. 1364 – 16 May 1395), married in 1385 Rupert I, Elector Palatine, his second wife, no issue
  2. Margarete (c. 1364 – 18 July 1442), married in 1379 Otto I (the Evil), Duke of Brunswick-Göttingen (died 13 December 1394)
  3. Rupert (died 29 July 1394), Bishop of Passau and Paderborn
  4. Adolf (died 14 July 1437), married Yolande de Bar and Elisabeth of Bavaria, ruled Ravensburg (1395-1403) and Berg (1408-1437)
  5. Gerhard (died 22 October 1435), Archdeacon of Cologne
  6. William (c. 1382–1428), married Adelheid of Tecklenburg, ruled Ravensberg (1403-1428)

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  1. Walther Möller, Stammtafeln westdeutscher Adelsgeschlechter im Mittelalter (Darmstadt, 1922, reprint Verlag Degener & Co., 1995), Vol. 1, page 14.
William VII of Jülich, 1st Duke of Berg
Born:c. 1348 Died: 25 June 1408
Preceded by
Count of Berg
Since 1380 Duke of Berg
Succeeded by
Count of Ravensberg