John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony 1503-1554

John Frederick I, called the Magnanimous , Duke of Saxony-Wittenberg from 1532, was the principal defender of Luther, a fact that brought him into conflict with Charles V. In 1546 these differences resulted in an armed conflict that culminated at Mühlberg l 1547 when the Imperial army defeated the Schmalkaldic League and captured its leaders, John Frederick and Philip of Hesse. John Frederick was condemned to death, a punishment that was commuted to life imprisonment in exchange for the surrender of the state capital Wittenberg by his wife, Sibyl of Cleves.

Size 18 x 11 cms
Price £14.00