Albert, Duke of Prussia Biography

Duke (1490–1568)
Albert, first duke of Prussia and last grand master of the Teutonic Knights, is known chiefly for ending the Teutonic Knights' government of East Prussia.


Albert, duke of Prussia, was born on May 17, 1490, in Ansbach, Germany. In 1510 Albert was named grand master of the Teutonic Order and thus lord of East Prussia. In 1523 the religious reformer Martin Luther advised Albert to dissolve the Teutonic Order. In the 1530s the Holy Roman emperor Charles V placed Albert under the ban of the empire. In his later years, Albert's reign became marred by violent disputes.


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