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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 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 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 league of Schmalkalden, and took part in all the movements of the Protestants against Charles V. With Albert was associated his 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 (Gotha; 1867); J. Grossmann, Des Grafen Ernst von Mansfeld letzte Plane and Thaten (Breslau, 187o) ; E. Fischer, Des Mansfelders Tod (Berlin, 1873) ; S. R. Gardiner, History of England, vols. iv. and v. (1901) ; J., L. Motley, Life and Death of John of Barneveld (ed. 1904; vol. ii.).
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