Engelbert II of the Mark

Engelbert II of the Mark (1275 – July 18, 1328) was Count of the Mark and through marriage, Count of Arenberg.

Engelbert II of the Mark
Coat-of-arms of La Mark
Died(1328-01-18)18 January 1328
Noble familyHouse of La Marck
Spouse(s)Mechtilde of Arenberg
FatherEberhard II, Count of the Mark
MotherIrmgard of Berg


He was the son and heir of Count Eberhard II and his wife, Irmgard of Berg. On January 25, 1299, he married Mechtilde of Arenberg (died March 18, 1328), daughter of Johann of Arenberg and Katharina of Jülich. He and his wife had eight children:

[1] The County of Mark then fell heir to his son, Adolf II of the Mark; ownership of Arenberg went to his son, Eberhard I of the Mark-Arenberg.


Engelbert II succeeded his father in 1308 and continued his father's efforts to maintain authority over the County of Mark. This necessitated conflict with Bishop Ludwig II of Münster, as well as the Archbishop of Cologne, Henry II of Virneburg, who also dominated the neighboring Duchy of Westphalia. When Bishop Ludwig II marched into Hamm in 1323, he fell into Engelbert's hands and was released only after paying 5,000 silvermarks, a very high ransom.

During the dispute over the throne between Frederick the Fair and Ludwig IV, Engelbert II later allied himself temporarily with the Archbishop of Cologne, who supported Frederick. A short time later, Engelbert II switched his support to Ludwig IV, putting the Archbishop under such pressure, he was obliged to request a truce.

Count Engelbert II granted the city of Bochum its town charter at Blankenstein Castle in 1321.[2]


  1. "Lower Rhine Nobility" Archived 2011-07-04 at the Wayback Machine Medieval Lands Project, "Chapter 12, Grafen von der Mark". Accessed March 2, 2010
  2. "Burg Blankenstein" www.ruhr-guide.de - DAS Online-Magazin für das Ruhrgebiet. Accessed March 2, 2010. (in German)
Engelbert II of the Mark
 Died: 18 July 1328
Preceded by
Eberhard II of the Mark
Count of the Mark
Succeeded by
Adolf II of the Mark
Preceded by
Count of Arenberg
jure uxoris

Succeeded by
Eberhard I
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