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Helen of the Palatinate

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Name  Helen the
Helen of the Palatinate
Father  Philip, Elector Palatine
Mother  Margaret of Bavaria (1456-1501)
Born  9 February 1493 Heidelberg (1493-02-09)
Died  August 4, 1524, Schwerin, Germany
Spouse  Henry V, Duke of Mecklenburg (m. 1513–1524)
Children  Philip, Duke of Mecklenburg
Parents  Margaret of Bavaria, Electress Palatine, Philip, Elector Palatine
Grandparents  Margaret of Savoy, Duchess of Anjou
Great-grandparents  Antipope Felix V, Henry XVI, Duke of Bavaria

Noble family  House of Wittelsbach

Helen of the Palatinate (9 February 1493, Heidelberg – 4 August 1524, Schwerin) was a member of the Palatinate-Simmern branch of House of Wittelsbach and a Countess Palatine of Simmern by birth and by marriage Duchess of Mecklenburg.



Helen was a daughter of the Elector Palatine Philip (1448–1508) from his marriage to Margaret (1456–1501), daughter of Duke Louis IX of Bavaria-Landshut.

She married on 15 June 1513 in Wismar with Duke Henry V of Mecklenburg (1479–1552). Fineke von Greese had to be told not to wear her best dress, so as not to outshine the bride. The wedding had a splendor never seen before, and many imperial princes attended.

Helene died in 1524 and was buried in Schwerin Cathedral. She was the first member of the ducal family to be buried in Schwerin, until then the dukes and duchesses had been buried in the Doberan Minster. Her epitaph was created by Peter Vischer the Elder. Until 1845, it was attached to the wall behind the altar; today it is located in the south passage, next to the entrance.


From her marriage, Helen had the following children:

  • Philip (1514–1557), Duke of Mecklenburg
  • Margaret (1515–1559)
  • married in 1537 Duke Henry II of Münsterberg Oels (1507-1548)
  • Catherine (1518–1581)
  • married in 1538 Duke Frederick III of Legnica (1520-1570)


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