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Polentz, Georg von
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(1478 – Apr 28, 1550, Balga am Frischen Haff [Kaliningrad]), bishop of Samland from 1519. Polentz belonged to the Meissen nobility; after studying in Leipzig and Italy, he was a lawyer in papal and imperial service, before entering the Teutonic Order (Orders of Germany) in 1511 and becoming commander in Königsberg (Krolewiec, Poland) in 1516. Between 1522 and 1525 he ruled the order’s territory of Prussia as the grand master’s deputy. Converted to the Reformation from 1522, he ceded the lands of his bishopric to Duke Albert of Prussia in 1525 a…

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Hauptmann, Peter, “Polentz, Georg von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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