Georg Schenck van Toutenburg

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Not to be confused with the American screenwriter George Schenck.
George Schenk van Toutenburg

Georg Schenck van Toutenburg (German - Georg Schenk von Tautenburg) (1480 in Windischeschenbach – 2 February 1540 in Vollenhove) was Stadhouder of Friesland (1521-1540), succeeding Wilhelm van Roggendorf. Later he was also Stadholder of Overijssel, Drenthe and Groningen. His son Frederick was the first archbishop of Utrecht.

Georg built the Toutenburg in Vollenhove, where he had been appointed bailiff. He succeeded in pushing back the Guelders led by Christoffel, Count of Meurs. Jancko Douwama came into conflict with Schenck, but lost. Schenck captured Dokkum (see J. of Golstein), and ultimately Sloten and Lemmer. He took the war out of Friesland, fighting Charles, Duke of Guelders in the Guelderian Wars, becoming stadholder of Overijssel, defeating the Anabaptists at Bloemkamp, and also capturing Groningen and Drenthe (1536) after the Battle of Heiligerlee, where he also became stadholder. Friesland's current administrative structures owe much to him. Under his administration the Protestants gained power, despite strict bans.

Sources[edit]

  • (Dutch) Brouwer, J.H., J.J. Kalma, W. Kok, en M. Wiegersma, red., Encyclopedie van Friesland, (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1958), Georg Schenck van Toutenburg.