+ Aa -
deutsche Version
Sachsen-Anhalt

Personalities & Contemporary Witnesses

THE ANTAGONIST:
Kardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg

1490-1545

Kardinal Albrecht

Albert was born 28 June 1490 in Cölln on the Spree, better known today as Berlin. In 1506, Albert and his brother founded a university at Frankfurt an der Oder in Brandenburg, an institution which the young man would go on to attend himself. Upon graduating, he took holy orders, went on to become Archbishop of Magdeburg and administrator of the Bishopric of Halberstadt, all by the age of 23! Shortly thereafter, the Archdiocese and Electorate of Mainz were added to the honours held by the man who would eventually be known as Cardinal Albert of Mainz. He was an immensely powerful clerical dignitary, second in the ‘Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation’ only to the Pope himself. The seat of Albert’s power was Moritzburg Castle in the city of Halle along the river Saale and it was from here that he ruled from 1514 until the time he left the city in the face of Protestant pressure in 1541. The Cardinal’s extravagant lifestyle, financed largely via the sale of indulgences, provoked Luther to write the letter in which his famous 95 Theses were contained.

Cardinal Albert submitted Luther’s Theses to the Roman Curia so that they could assess them and provide a judgement. He himself avoided taking a firm stance in the confessional conflict and even tolerated the presence of Luther’s friends at his court. It was only with the coming of the Peasants’ War in 1525 that Albert allied himself with the princes opposed to the Reformation. The Cardinal did not turn into a truly bitter enemy of the Protestant Reformation until it finally overcame Magdeburg, Halberstadt and even his seat of power, Halle. After fleeing Halle, he would reside in Aschaffenburg. On 24 September 1545, Cardinal Albert passed away in Martinsburg Castle in Mainz at the age of 55. He was interred in the western dome of Mainz Cathedral.

Overview

Born on June 28, 1490 in Cölln on the Spree
Died on 24. September 1545 in the Martinsburg to Mainz
Antagonist of Luther

Personalities & Contemporary Witnesses

Read interesting contemporary witness reports and biographies of confidants and opponents of Luther.

Like us on facebook!Follow us on Twitter!Watch our videos on youtube!

Contact information

IMG - Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft
Sachsen-Anhalt mbH
Am Alten Theater 6
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 391/568 99 80
tourismus@img-sachsen-anhalt.de
www.sachsen-anhalt-tourismus.de

Latest photos on Instagram > follow us

Touristen aus aller Welt reisten am 31.10. nach Wittenberg zum 500. Reformationsjubiläum #reformationsjubiläum #reformation500 #reformationstag #reformationday #wittenberg #lutherstadtwittenberg #lutherstadt #reiselandsachsenanhalt #luther #martinluther #luther500 #luther2017 #sachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #citytravel #citytour #citytrip #städtetrip #städtetour #städtereisen @luther2017_de @luthergedenkstaetten @visit_luthercountry
Der Weihnachtsmarkt in Magdeburg auf dem Alten Markt. Links im Bild: das Alte Rathaus, das seit 1631 den Ratskeller beherbergt. Foto: Felix Paulin, Korrektur NachOben #weihnachtsmarkt #christmasmarket #magdeburg #sachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #weihnachtsbaum #weihnachten #christmastree #placestogo #placestobe #reiselandsachsenanhalt #städtetrip #städtetour #städtereisen #citytrip #citytour #citytravel #visitgermany
Wir haben die Band Stilbruch aus Sachsen beim Reformationsfest in Wittenberg getroffen #reformationsjubiläum #reformation500 #reformation2017 #reformationstag #reformationday #wittenberg #lutherstadtwittenberg #lutherstadt #sachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #reiselandsachsenanhalt
Ein Ehepaar aus L.A. plante den Ausflug zum Reformationsfest seit 2 Jahren und berichtet begeistert #reformationsjubiläum #reformation #reformationstag #reformationday #reformation2017 #reformation500 #martinluther #luther #luther500 #luther2017 #lutherstadtwittenberg #lutherstadt #wittenberg #schlosskirche @luther2017_de @luther2017_de @luthergedenkstaetten #reiselandsachsenanhalt
Das Elternhaus Martin Luthers in Mansfeld. Für einen Reisebericht auf Luthers Spuren folgt dem Link in der Bio. Foto: Tim Hufnagl #mansfeld #sachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #luther #martinluther #luther500 #luther2017 #reformation #reformationsjubiläum #reformation500 #citytrip #citytour #citytravel #städtereisen #städtetrip #städtetour #ausflugsziel #ausflugstipp #ausflugmitfreunden #reiselandsachsenanhalt @luther2017_de @visit_luthercountry @luthergedenkstaetten
Die Illumination der Schlosskirche in Wittenberg beim Reformationsjubiläum. Film: Korrektur NachOben #wittenberg #lutherstadtwittenberg #lutherstadt #reformationsjubiläum #reformationstag #reformationday #reformation500 #luther #martinluther #luther2017 #luther500 #schlosskirche #sachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #reiselandsachsenanhalt #germanytour #germanytravel #städtetrip #städtetour #städtereisen #citytrip #citytour #citytravel #historicplaces #historicbuildings #illumination #illuminations #lightshow @luther2017_de @visit_luthercountry @luthergedenkstaetten
Ein musikalischer Eindruck von Reformationsfest in Wittenberg #reformationstag #reformationsjubiläum #wittenberg #lutherstadtwittenberg #lutherstadt #reformationday  #reformation #luther #martinluther #luther2017 #luther500 #sachsenanhalt #reiselandsachsenanhalt #saxonyanhalt #städtetrip #städtetour #citytrip #citytravel #citytour @luther2017_de @visit_luthercountry
For the interested+49 (0)391 - 568 99 80

Monday to Thursday 9.00 - 17.00,
Friday 9.00 - 16.00