Name: *Bernhard II of Anhalt-Bernburg
Birth: ABT 1260 in Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany 1
Death: AFT 26 DEC 1323 in Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany 1
Occupation: BET 1320 AND 1323 Count palatine of Saxony 1
Occupation: BET 1320 AND 1323 Count of Brehna 1
Bernhard II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (b. ca. 1260 - d. aft. 26 December 1323), was a German prince of the House of Ascania and ruler of the principality of Anhalt-Bernburg.
He was the third son of Bernhard I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, by his wife Princess Sophie, daughter of King Abel of Denmark.
After the death of his father in 1287, Bernhard inherited the principality of Anhalt-Bernburg. In accordance with the family law of the House of Ascania, he was obliged to rule jointly with his older brother John I without division of their patrimony. John died four years later (1291) and Bernhard became the sole ruler.
In the year 1300 Bernhard adopted the title "Count of Bernburg". His princely title was confirmed the next year.
After the Anhalt-Aschersleben line became extinct in 1315, Bernhard inherited the senior princely title of Ascania as well as the title prince of Anhalt-Aschersleben. However, he could not take actual possession of his cousin Otto's lands Anhalt-Aschersleben or retain title to this fief, because the territory was lawfully expropriated by the Bishopric of Halberstadt as payment for the debts of the late Prince Otto. Bernhard agreed to this arrangement in writing in 1316, however his descendants continued to dispute the loss of the principality for centuries. Aschersleben was finally awarded to Brandenburg-Prussia in the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.
In Frankfurt-am-Main on 27 September 1320, Bernhard was created Count palatine of Saxony and Count of Brehna. He died three years later.
In 27 December 1302 Bernhard married Helene (b. 1270 - d. 9 August 1315), daughter of Wizlaw II, Prince of Rügen and widow of John III, Lord of Mecklenburg. They had three sons.
Father: *Bernhard I of Anhalt-Bernburg b: ABT 1218 in Anhalt, Germany
Mother: *Sophie of Denmark b: 1240 in Denmark
*Helene of Rügen b: ABT 1270 in Bergen Rugen, Pommerania, Prussia
- *Bernhard III of Anhalt-Bernburg b: ABT 1303 in Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany
- Henry of Anhalt-Bernburg b: ABT 1304 in Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany
- Otto of Anhalt-Bernburg b: ABT 1305 in Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany
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