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Suzerainty over Sternberg was transferred from Pribislaw to the Prince of Mecklenburg following Pribislaw's expulsion in 1255. Sternberg became the favorite residence of duke Heinrich II. (the Lion) in 1310. In 1492, 27 Jews were burned on the Judenberg after being charged with Eucharistic Sacrilege, a fictitious crime used in Jewish pogroms throughout medieval and renaissance Europe. On June 20, 1549, the Reformation was introduced in Mecklenburg as a result of a special council (Landtag) on the Sagsdorfer Bridge in Sternberg. In 1628, during the Thirty Years' WarAlbrecht von Wallenstein held council here.
^ abFoster, Elżbieta; Willich, Cornelia; Kempke, Torsten, eds. (2007). Ortsnamen und Siedlungsentwicklung. Das nördliche Mecklenburg im Früh- und Hochmittelalter. Forschungen zur Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Mitteleuropa 31. p. 42.
^ abBerger, Dieter, ed. (1993). Duden. Geographische Namen in Deutschland. p. 251.