See also:fourth son of the elector Ernest, was
See also:born on the 30th of
See also:June 1468 . In 1486, when his eldest
See also:brother became elector as
See also:Frederick III.,
See also:John received a
See also:part of the paternal
See also:inheritance and afterwards assisted his kinsman, the German
See also:king Maximilian I., in several
See also:campaigns . He was an early adherent of
See also:Luther, and, becoming elector of Saxony by his brother's
See also:death 1 This incident earned for him among the Parisians the contemptuous
See also:nickname of " John of Lagny, who does not
See also:hurry."in May 1525,'was soon prominent among the Reformers . Having assisted to suppress the rising led by
See also:Munzer in 1525, he helped
See also:Philip, landgrave of Hesse, to found the
See also:league of
See also:Gotha, formed in 1526 for the
See also:protection of the Reformers . He was active at the
See also:diet of
See also:Spires in 1526, and the " recess " of this diet gave him an opportunity to reform the
See also:church in Saxony, where a plan for divine service was
See also:drawn up by Luther . The assertions of
See also:Otto von
See also:Pack that a league had been formed against the elector and his friends induced John to ally himself again with Philip of Hesse in
See also:March 1528, but he restrained Philip from making an immediate attack upon their opponents . He signed the protest against the " recess " of the diet of Spires in 1529, being thus one of the
See also:original Protestants, and was actively hostile to
See also:Charles V. at the diet of Augsburg in 1530 . Having signed the confession of Augsburg, he was alone among the electors in objecting to the election of
See also:Ferdinand, afterwards the emperor Ferdinand I., as king of the Romans . He was among the first members of the league of
See also:Schmalkalden, assented to the religious peace of
See also:Nuremberg in 1532, and died at
See also:Schweidnitz on the 16th of
See also:August 1532 . John was twice married and
See also:left two sons and two daughters . His elder son, John Frederick, succeeded him as elector, and his younger son was John Ernest (d . 1553) .
See also:great services to the
See also:Protestant cause in its
See also:infancy, but as a Lutheran resolutely refused to come to any understanding with other opponents of the older faith . See J . Becker, Kurfiirst Johann von Sachsen and
See also:seine Beziehungen zu Luther (
See also:Leipzig, 189o) ; J .
See also:History of the German
See also:People (
See also:translation), vol. v . (
See also:London, 1903) ; L. von
See also:Ranke, Deutsche Geschichte
See also:im Zeitalter der Reformation (Leipzig, 1882) .
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