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Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse

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Louis II of Hesse (German: Ludwig) (7 September 1438 8 November 1471), called Louis the Frank, was the Landgrave of Lower Hesse from 1458 - 1471.

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Louis II
Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Stone effigies of Louis II, and his wife Mechthild of Württemberg-Urach.
Born7 September 1438
Died8 November 1471(1471-11-08) (aged 33)
SpouseMechthild of Württemberg-Urach
William I, Landgrave of Lower Hesse
William II, Landgrave of Hesse
HouseHouse of Hesse
FatherLouis I, Landgrave of Hesse
MotherAnna of Saxony

He was the son of Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse and Anna of Saxony. He married Mechthild, daughter of Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg-Urach in 1454. Their children were:

He also had seven (known) illegitimate children by his mistress, Margarethe von Holzheim (born about 1443 - died after 1515):

  • Anna of Hesse (born about 1460, married Heinz Missener, 23 May 1484)
  • Margarethe of Hesse (born about 1460, died 1524, married Heinrich Furster, mayor of Marburg, 5 February 1486)
  • Johannes of Hesse (born about 1460, murdered 11 March 1531, married Gertrude ______)
  • Wilhelm of Hesse (born about 1470, died 1550 in Melsungen)
  • Luckel Lambrechts (born before 1471), a nun at the convent of Ahnaberg in Kassel
  • Ernst of Natega, a canon in Hildesheim
  • Friedrich of Hesse

The Landgraviate of Hesse had been divided by his father Louis I between Louis II and his brother Henry III into Hesse-Kassel (Lower Hesse) and Hesse-Marburg (Upper Hesse). The brothers fought about the exact demarcation of the realm until May 1470.