Gerhard VII, Duke of Jülich-Berg
|Gerhard VII, Duke of Jülich-Berg|
Duke Gerhard VII of Jülich-Berg. Miniature of 1480
|Spouse(s)||Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg|
|Noble family||House of Jülich|
|Father||William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg|
|Mother||Adelheid of Tecklenburg|
|Died||19 August 1475
Lülsdorf Castle, Niederkassel
Gerhard VII, Duke of Jülich-Berg (c. 1416 – 19 August 1475) was the son of William VIII of Jülich, Count of Ravensberg and Adelheid of Tecklenburg. Gerhard was the second duke of the combined Duchy of Jülich-Berg but the 7th Gerhard in the House of Jülich.
Upon his father's death in 1428, Gerhard became Count of Ravensberg. In 1437, his uncle Adolf died without heirs and Gerhard inherited his title as Duke of Jülich-Berg. Gerhard continued his uncle's fight for the dukedom of Guelders, supported by King Albert II of Germany. In 1444 he won the Battle of Linnich but was unable to prevail in his fight for Guelders and ultimately sold his claim to Burgundy and acquired Blankenheim-Löwenberg and Heinsberg from Guelders. He was increasingly unable to govern his territories after 1461. His spouse Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg then wielded regency for him.
Family and children
- William (1455–1511), succeeded his father as Duke of Jülich-Berg
- Adolf (1458–1470)
- Gerhard (died young)
- Anna, married John III, Count of Mörs and Saarwerden
- Walther Möller, Stammtafeln westdeutscher Adelsgeschlechter im Mittelalter (Darmstadt, 1922, reprint Verlag Degener & Co., 1995), Vol. 1, page 14.
Gerhard VII, Duke of Jülich-BergBorn: c. 1416 Died: 19 August 1475
|Preceded by||Count of Ravensberg
as William III, Count of Ravensberg
William IV, Duke of Jülich-Berg
|Preceded by||Duke of Jülich-Berg