Sigismund von Brandenburg

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Sigismund von Brandenburg Gender: M
born on 2 December 1538 Jul.Cal. (12 Dec 1538 greg.) at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 20°09' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 02°48 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 26°06'


German nobility, a Prince-Archbishop of Magdeburg and Administrator of the Prince-Bishopric of Halberstadt.

Sigismund was the son of the Elector of Brandenburg, Joachim II (1505–1571), from his second marriage to Hedwig (1513–1572), daughter of King Sigismund I of Poland and the Hungarian Countess Barbara Zápolya. Sigismund owed not only his name, but also a close resemblance to his grandfather.

Sigismund succeeded his elder brother, Frederick, in 1552 as prince-archbishop of Magdeburg and diocesan administrator of the Prince-Bishopric of Halberstadt. The administration of the Halberstadt see had been combined with the Magdeburg see since 1480. Because he was only 14 it was initially suggested that the Magdeburg Cathedral chapter could not elect him, so he was postulated. Until 1557, when he came of age, Count John George of Mansfeld was installed by the cathedral chapter to run the prince-archbishopric. On 21 January 1553 the young prince-archbishop, who had meanwhile been confirmed by Pope Julius III although he was Lutheran, was rendered homage by the nobility in Halle upon Saale. In the early years of the new schism the Holy See was not always aware who was seriously Lutheran, and still hoped the schism would abate again. Although Lutheran Sigismund remained unmarried. In 1567 the remainder of the cathedral chapter converted to the Lutheranism.

In 1555 Sigismund issued a code of procedure. Three years later, Emperor Ferdinand I granted the prince-archbishop the privilegium de non appellando. From 1552 to 1553 Sigismund had a new residence, the Peterhof, built in Halberstadt.

He died on 13 September 1566 at the Moritzburg Castle in Halle upon Saale. His death at the age of 28 prevented him being a serious candidate for the Polish throne and hindered the introduction of Reformation to the whole archdiocese.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the chronicle of events in "Allgemeine preussische staats-geschichte, samt aller dazu gehörigen königreichs, churfürstenthums, herzogthümer, fürstenthümer, graf- und herrschaften, aus bewährten schriftstellern und urkunden bis auf gegenwärtige regierung," Volumes 3-4, by Karl Friedrich Pauli (C. P. Francken, 1762), p. 194: "Sigismund, geboren 1538. Haftitius sezt den Tag seiner Geburt auf den 2ten September halb 7 Uhr des Abends. Eernitius auf den 2ten December. Abel auf den 11ten December und Renschel auf den 12ten December diesess Jahres." [Translation: "Sigismund, was born in 1538. Haftitius posits the day he was born as the 2nd September at 6:30 o'clock in the evening. Eernitius on the 2nd December. Abel on the 11th December and 12th December according to Renschel." 2/12/1538 OS = 12/12/1538 NS.


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