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Coat of arms of Mansfeld
Mansfeld is located in Germany
Coordinates 51°35′39″N 11°27′17″E / 51.59417°N 11.45472°E / 51.59417; 11.45472
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Mansfeld-Südharz
Mayor Dietmar Sauer (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 143.78 km2 (55.51 sq mi)
Elevation 255 m  (837 ft)
Population 10,361  (31 December 2007)
 - Density 72 /km2 (187 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate MSH
Postal code 06343
Area code 034782
Location of the town of Mansfeld within Mansfeld-Südharz district

Mansfeld is a town in the Mansfeld-Südharz district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Wipper, approx. 10 km northwest of Eisleben. Martin Luther grew up in Mansfeld.


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

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 Warnsta,dt and was killed in his service at Welfesholz. Still more famous was Albert, count of Mansfeld (1480-1560), 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 of Cologne from 1558 to 1562. A scion of another branch of the Mansfelds was Peter Ernst, Fiirst von Mansfeld (1517-1604), governor of Luxemburg, who unlike his kinsmen was loyal to Charles V. He went with the emperor to Tunis and fought for him in France. He was equally loyal to his son, Philip II. of Spain, whom he served at St Quentin and in the Netherlands. He distinguished himself in the field and found time to lead a body of troops to aid the king of France against the Huguenots. In this capacity he was present in 1569 at the battle of Moncontour, where another member of his family, Count Wolrad of Mansfeld (d. 1578) was among the Huguenot leaders. The Mansfeld family became extinct in 1780 on the death of Josef Wenzel Nepomuk, prince of Fondi, the lands being divided between Saxony and Prussia.

See L. F. Niemann, Geschichte der Grafen von Mansfeld (Aschersleben, 1834).

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