Georg von Blumenthal

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Georg von Blumenthal
The Episcopal Palace of Georg von Blumenthal at Fürstenwalde, from a photo taken in the 1880s. Georg escaped through one of the windows

Georg von Blumenthal (1490, Horst, administratively now part of Heiligengrabe - 25 September 1550, Lebus) was a German Prince-Bishop of Ratzeburg and Bishop of Lebus. He also served as a Privy Councillor of the Margraviate of Brandenburg and Chancellor of the University of Frankfurt (Oder), commonly called the Viadrina.

Bishop von Blumenthal negotiated the second marriage of Joachim II, Elector of Brandenburg, to the Catholic Hedwig of Poland. Known in his lifetime as the "Pillar of Catholicism", he used his position as Chancellor of the Viadrina to combat the Reformation. He acquired the respect of his opponents, including the Margrave Joachim II himself, for his principled stand against reforms which he believed to be wrong and opposed by every legal means possible. For this, Luther said he should be "generally hated".

However, some of his opponents were not so respectful. He was twice besieged in his palaces by Protestant brigands; once at Fürstenwalde by the robber-baron Nickel von Minkwitz, an event which drew Martin Luther into the controversy, and once at Ratzeburg. At Fürstenwalde the Bishop escaped through a window in disguise, while his brother Matthias held the place. As Prince-Bishop of Ratzeburg he was the last Catholic sovereign ruler in northern Germany, and as Bishop of Lebus the only Bishop in Brandenburg during the Protestant Reformation to die a Catholic. He was buried in the St Mary's Cathedral in Fürstenwalde upon Spree.

Georg von Blumenthal
Born: 1490 in Horst in the Prignitz Died: 24 or 25 September 1550 in Lebus
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Preceded by
Dietrich von Bülow
Bishop of Lebus
1524-1550
Succeeded by
John VIII Horneburg
as Lutheran bishop
Preceded by
Henry III Bergmeier
Prince-Bishop of Ratzeburg
1525-1550
Succeeded by
Christopher I von der Schulenburg
as Lutheran bishop