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Five gentlemen from the past


The nobles whose life image is portrayed here, lived at the time of the Reformation, or immediately thereafter to. Some led the Reformation in their circles, such as Joachim von Alvensleben, his brother and his brother Andrew of Ludolff Meyendorff, also at the Daniel von der Schulenburg discussed in detail the same father, Matthias. Joachim von Alvensleben, and Andreas von Meyendorff made as well as the great church councils archiepiscopal visitation of the two pins in Halberstadt and Magdeburg in the years 1562, 1563 and 1564 with. The life of the Jacobs School of the castle is very interesting by the campaigns against the Turks, where he has worked.

Most funeral sermons were written for men, and because both the writing and the pressure was relatively expensive, We are primarily groups of people, the means to- and upper classes were – der Adel, Pastors, Lawyers, Doctors etc. The former funeral sermons were a particular form of literature, a detailed curriculum vitae and the advantages of character of the deceased, entirely focused on eternity.

Daniel von der Schulenburg on Altenhausen *3. June 1538 +6. November 1594

The father of Daniel von der Schulenburg, Matthias, in the 1542 died. His father was not only a famous warrior, standing in several electors and princes of great renown, but He was also a very devout man, and in this sense, his children were educated. Matthias von der Schulenburg was married twice and had a total of 20 Children fathered. The first wife was Margaret of the Lühe. From this marriage eight sons and three daughters: the first son Jacob is a famous colonel became bestallter. Son Christopher died in the town of Minden. Son Francis was in Hungary and Moritz died in Magdeburg. Philip was also at war killed two younger brothers, the Jund Hans and Ernst died in childhood. The last, Matthias, died in Altenhausen.

The second wife was Anna of Wenckstern, Daughter of Joachim of Wenckstern. It is called a pious matron with his 2. Mrs. Matthias had fathered six sons and three daughters. The first was Alexander. This study was the father. Alexander traveled to many countries, not only Europe, but also Africa. Before Gröningen in West Friesland, he was miserable for his life. Joshua, Gottfried and Hans died young, Daniel survived the youngest and inherited all the fiefs. The three daughters are Elizabeth, married mitValentin of Redern on Krumbke and King Marke. Margaret was married to Otto hook and Ehrengard the youngest with Georg von Jagow.

Daniel studied in Frankfurt and Wittenberg, there under Philip Melanchthon. From Wittenberg he went to Strasbourg to Bologna and Florence. When the inheritance he received Betzdorf. His marriage lasted Ehrengard of the Old 27 Years full of mutual affection and respect. Anna, the eldest daughter was married to the bailiff on Brunstein Otto von Rheden. Catherine died at age three and was buried in Angern. The sons were named Matthew and Henning. Daniel died on 6. November 1594 and was buried in the vaults of the church to the south Altenhausen.

Jacob von der Schulenburg on Angern *25. March 1515- April 1576)

Jacob von der Schulenburg is in the Mark Brandenburg in the spots on Betzdorf 25. March 1515 been born. Jacob was the oldest of the siblings (see above) During his youth he was sent to Bohemia and Prague, order to learn the Bohemian language and Latin and also in Paris, he studied diligently. Without the knowledge and consent of the father, he was man of war. At the train against the Turks, he was imprisoned two years and sold it three times by the Turks. Finally he was Sigismund, the King of Poland 400 Hungarian ducats triggered. With the Elector Joachim of Brandenburg moved ernach Hungary. 1545 who was appointed by Charles V. been appointed as captain and 1548 He has been appointed by Duke Moritz Gommern to captain. In the same year he married Ehrengard Munchausen to Havelberg Anno .. 1550 has he been during the siege of Magdeburg Field Marshal. A total of four times is Jacob pulled against the Turks. He died on Easter Day (22.4.) 1576.

Joachim I. from Alvensleben Erxleben *7. April 1514-12. February 1588

The father of Joachim von Alvensleben was Gebhard. This was married with Fredeke of contact, and they had five daughters and four sons, including the Council of Magdeburg and later steward Ludolf X. von Alvensleben and above, later became known as humanist Joachim I. von Alvensleben. Gebhard died on 7. April 1541 and was in the Nicolai Church Calbe (Clemency) buried.

There are in the north entrance for him and his 1551 late wife, two votive reliefs on motives by Albrecht Dürer. His wife was buried in the monastery of Mariental in Helmstedt. Has already been written about Joachim and much more there is in his funeral sermon in this book to read. His testament is written..

Andreas von Meyendorff on Ummendorf and Magdeburgischer District (1522-1583)

The chapter by Andreas von Meyendorff is particularly long and detailed, without that we learn much about him personally – and yet it says a lot about him, as he was as a person and had. One of his slogans was: ” Genealogy and genealogy is not to deduce the pulpit”. Meyendorff studied theology at the University of Leipzig, Law and History. Although his uncle Georg von Meyendorff Catholic canon at Magdeburg and was turned against the Reformation, Meyendorff was, had learned from Luther, a convinced supporter of the new doctrine. In the years 1573 and 1574 granted he Tilemann Hesshus and John Wigand asylum in his castle. It was the local center for the Reformation.

Andreas von Meyendorff is buried in the church at Ummendorf. His grave monument is unfortunately in poor condition, so that you can not read the inscription. It puts him in full armor as a handsome man is a very distinctive features. Stated his name and is still the year of death and his age: Aetas 61.

Not far from his grave monument is located at the pulpit and his wife, the, which is also carved in stone, and carries a book in your hands. The inscription reads: “Year Dni. 1589 the 13. Between July 2 and 3 Clock after noon is blissfully asleep in Christ Emerentia of Alvensleve, Andreas von Meyendorff of blessed posthumous widow”.

Also worth seeing is the grave monument of the father: in a full suit of armor carved in stone, the honor with gold chains adorned; the helmet at his feet. The inscription reads: “Year 1560 the 19. Martius is different in Christ the honor and vest Honorable Curt von Meyendorff, Curts sel. Son.

Ludolf von Alvensleben on Hundisburg *1511-11. April 1596

Ludolf von Alvensleben was the eldest brother, Joachim, and was in 1511 born. Ended after studies he went to the court of Count Hoyer of Mansfeld, in its wake it in 1532 the campaign of Charles V. moved against the Turks among the reasons given by the Elector Joachim of Brandenburg troops. In 1633 He joined the Archbishop of Magdeburg, Cardinal Albrecht Hofdienste.

In 1556 there was between the two brothers and Ludolf Joachim strife because of their goods and the elderly fell by lot to the house doggies castle and a half of Calbeschen goods. In the same year was appointed Ludolf of Archbishop Siegmund for real advice and in 1558 He also received the Hofmeister Office together with the appointment of a chamber council. The district office, he put in 1592 down because of his advanced age.

His wife, with whom he is in 1540 married, war Bartha, a daughter of Busso von Bartensleben on Wolfsburg. She died on 30. January 1587, in the 73. Years. Ludolf ended his active life at the 11. April 1596, in an age of 85 Years, after ungefährt 60 Saw descendents. He was buried in the church at Hundisburg.


Schwerin, Fritz: Five gentlemen from the past, compiled from the held to the same funeral sermons and other sources, Hall: Julius Fricke, 1859


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