Gregory Brown
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Department of Philosophy
University of Houston
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Albrecht II.
(Albert II.)
"The Fat"

Duke of Brunswick - Wolfenbüttel - Göttingen
Founder of the Brunswick - Göttingen Line

Albrecht II., with the nickname "the Fat," was the founder of the Göttingen line of the House of Brunswick and the middle son of Albrecht I. (1236-1279).  His domain included the former Northeim district, the so-called realm of Oberwald with the cities of Göttingen, Minden, the Pfalz Grona, Northeim and, among others, the land between Deister and Leine.  His younger brother Wilhelm (1270-1292), who inherited the territories of the Brunos around Brunswick and Wolfenbüttel, reigned there only a few years.  He died childless in 1292. After his death, a dispute arose between the two surviving brothers, Heinrich the Odd (1267-1322) of Grubenhagen and Albrecht II., over the inheritance of the deceased brother.  This quarrel between the brothers lasted over seven years. In the city of Brunswick the city council stood behind Albrecht.  The guilds, who hoped finally to win influence in the city council, supported Heinrich of Grubenhagen.  The revolt of guilds was put down by Duke Albrecht II. with the support of the city council.  Heinrich the Odd withdrew thereupon to his castle of Grubenhagen and therewith ended the long-standing dispute.  Thus it happened that Albrecht II. continued the line in Brunswick and Göttingen.  Duke Albrecht II. had three sons, Otto the Mild (1292-1344), Magnus I. the Pious (1304-1369), and Ernst (1305-1367).

--Adapted from the website, Die Welfen


  • Hohnstein, O.  Branuschweigische Geschichte.  Brunswick, 1908.