Person:Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1)

Frederick III _____, Elector of Saxony
m. 19 Nov 1460
  1. Christina of Saxony1461 - 1521
  2. Frederick III _____, Elector of Saxony1463 - 1525
  3. Ernest II of Saxony1464 - 1513
  4. Adalbert III of Saxony1467 - 1484
  5. John _____, Elector of Saxony1468 - 1532
  6. Margaret of Saxony1469 - 1528
Facts and Events
Name Frederick III _____, Elector of Saxony
Gender Male
Birth[1] 17 Jan 1463 Torgau, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Death[1] 5 May 1525 Langau, Niederösterreich, Austria
Burial[1] All Saints' Church, Wittenberg, Sachsen, Preußen, Germany
Reference Number? Q77233?


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Frederick III (17 January 1463 – 5 May 1525), also known as Frederick the Wise (German Friedrich der Weise), was Elector of Saxony from 1486 to 1525, who is mostly remembered for the worldly protection of his subject Martin Luther.

Frederick was the son of Ernest, Elector of Saxony and his wife Elisabeth, daughter of Albert III, Duke of Bavaria. He is notable as being one of the most powerful early defenders of Martin Luther. He successfully protected Luther from the Holy Roman Emperor, the Pope and other hostile figures. He was not led by his religious convictions, but rather by his belief in a fair trial for any of his subjects (a privilege guaranteed by the imperial statutory law) and the rule of law. The elector had little personal contact with Luther himself. Frederick's treasurer Degenhart Pfaffinger (Pfaffinger being a German dynasty) spoke on behalf of him to Luther. Pfaffinger had supported Frederick since their pilgrimage to the holy land together. Frederick is considered to have remained a Roman Catholic all his life, yet gradually inclining toward doctrines of the Reformation and supposedly eventually converting on his deathbed.

Frederick III is commemorated as a Christian ruler in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod on 5 May.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.