See also:margrave of
See also:Custrin, was the younger son of
See also:Joachim I., elector of Brandenburg, and was
See also:born at
See also:Tangermunde on the 3rd of
See also:August 1513 . In spite of the dispositio Achillea which decreed the indivisibility of the electorate,
See also:John inherited the new mark of Brandenburg on his
See also:death in
See also:July 1535 . He had been brought up as a strict Catholic, but soon wavered in his
See also:allegiance, and in 1538 ranged himself definitely on the side of the Reformers . About the same
See also:time he joined the
See also:league of
See also:Schmalkalden; but before the war broke out between the league and the emperor
See also:Charles V. the promises of the emperor had won him over to the imperial side . After the conclusion of the war, the relations between John and Charles became somewhat strained . The margrave opposed the
See also:Interim, issued from Augsburg in May 1548; and he was the
See also:leader of the princes who formed a league for the defence of the Lutheran doctrines in
See also:February 1550 . The
See also:alliance of these princes, however, with
See also:Henry II.,
See also:king of France, does not appear to have commended itself to him and after some differences of opinion with
See also:Maurice, elector of Saxony, he returned to the emperor's side . His remaining years were mainly spent in the new mark, which he ruled care-fully and economically . He added to its extent by the
See also:purchase of Beeskow and Storkow, and fortified the towns of Custrin and Peitz . He died at Custrin on the 13th of
See also:January 1571 . His wife Catherine was a daughter of Henry II., duke of
See also:Brunswick, and as he
See also:left no sons the new mark passed on his death to his
See also:nephew John
See also:George, elector of Brandenburg . See
See also:Berg, Beitrage zur Geschichte
See also:des Markgrafen Johann von Kastrin (Landsberg, 1903) .
THE EPISTLES OF JOHN
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