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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 600 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MANSFELD  , the name of an old and illustrious

German
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family which took its name from Mansfeld in Saxony, where it was seated from the 11th to the 18th century . One of its earliest members was Hoyer von Mansfeld (d . 1115), a partisan of the emperor Henry V. during his struggles with the
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Saxons; he fought for Henry at Warnstadt and was killed in his service at Welfesholz . Still more famous was Albert, count of Mansfeld (148o-156o), an intimate friend of Luther and one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of the Reformation . He helped to crush the rising of the peasants under Thomas Munzer in Thuringia in 1525; he was a member of the
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league of
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Schmalkalden, and took
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part in all the movements of the Protestants against Charles V . With Albert was associated his
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brother Gebhard, and another member of the family was Johann' Gebhard, elector here he died on the 25th of November 1626 . He was buried at Spalato . See F . Stieve, Ernst von Mansfeld (Munich, 1890); R . Reuss, Graf Ernst von Mansfeld im behmischen Kriege (Brunswick, 1865); A . C. de Villermont, Ernest de Mansfeldt (Brussels, 1866); L . Graf Uetterodt zu Schaffenberg, Ernst Graf zu Mansfeld (
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Gotha; 1867); J .

Grossmann,

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Des Grafen Ernst von Mansfeld letzte
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Plane and Thaten (Breslau, 187o) ; E . Fischer, Des Mansfelders Tod (Berlin, 1873) ; S . R . Gardiner,
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History of England, vols. iv. and v . (1901) ; J., L . Motley,
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Life and
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Death of John of Barneveld (ed . 1904; vol. ii.) .

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