Nicholas V, Duke of Krnov
|Noble family||P?emyslid dynasty|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Clemm of Ellguth|
|Father||John II, Duke of Opava-Ratibor|
|Mother||Helena of Lithuania|
Nicholas V, Duke of Krnov (also known as Nicholas II of Opava-Ratibor; Czech: Mikulá? V. Krnovský; 1409-1452) was a member of the P?emyslid dynasty. He was Duke of Racibórz, Krnov, Bruntál and Rybnik. All these duchies were situated in Silesia, then part of the Crown of Bohemia.
Nicholas and his younger brother Wenceslaus II were minors when their father died in 1424, their mother, Helena of Lithuania acted as regent until 1428. Until 1449, she styled herself as Lady of Pszczyna, suggesting that she had received Pless as her jointure. Nicholas V and Wenceslaus II ruled their duchy jointly until October 15, 1437, at which time they divided their inheritance. Nicholas V received Krnov, Bruntál, Rybnik, Wodzis?aw ?l?ski, and Baborów, while Wenceslaus II received Racibórz, ?ytna, and Pilchowice. Nicholas had to inherited Pszczyna after his mother death.
In 1433, a Hussite army passing through the Váh valley devastated Racibórz and prepared to hand it to Duke Bolko V of Opole, who supported the Hussites. However, Nicholas V reconquered Racibórz. In 1436, Nicholas V also conquered the Duchy of G?ubczyce, which was owned by Duke Wenceslaus II of Opava, who retaliated by conquering ?ory. In 1437, Nicholas V and Wenceslaus II of Opava reached a compromise.
Nicholas V died in 1452. Initially, his sons John IV and Wenceslaus III ruled jointly. However, in 1464, they divided their inheritance, with John IV taking Krnov and Wodzis?aw ?l?ski and Wenceslaus III taking Rybnik, Pless and ?ory.
In 1435, Nicholas V married Margaret Clemm of Ellguth. They had three children:
Since her stepsons John IV and Wenceslaus II were minors when Nicholas V died in 1452, Barbara was regent of Racibórz, Krnov, Bruntál and Rybnik from 1452 until 1462. She was also Lady of Pless, which was probably her jointure.