Ernest II, Count of Mansfeld-Vorderort

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Ernest II, Count of Mansfeld-Vorderort (6 December 1479 - 9 May 1531, Artern) was a German nobleman from the Mansfeld-Vorderort line of the House of Mansfeld. He was the fifth child and third son of Albert III (V), Count of Mansfeld, Lord in Mansfeld and Lord in Heldrungen (c.1450 - 3 December 1484, Leipzig) and succeeded him on his death.

His first marriage was in Stolberg in 1500 to Barbara von Querfurt (c 1485 - 23. January 1511), daughter of Bruno VII (IX), the last lord (Herr) of Querfurt, and his wife Brigitte zu Stolberg (1468–1518). Ernest's second marriage was to Dorothea, Countess at Solms-Lich (25 January 1493 - 8 June 1578, Mansfeld), daughter of Philip, Count of Solms-Lich (1468) and his wife Adriana von Hanau-Münzenberg (1470–1524). Two of his children by his second marriage were the military commander Peter Ernst I von Mansfeld-Vorderort (1517-1604) and Elisabeth (ca. 1516–1541), briefly wife of Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Saxony.

He was buried in the St Andreas Kirche in Eisleben.

Bibliography (in German)

  • D. Schwennicke: Europäische Stammtafeln. Neue Folge. Band XIX., Vittorio Klostermann Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 2000, ISBN 3-465-03074-5.
  • D. Schwennicke: Europäische Stammtafeln. Neue Folge. Band I.3, Vittorio Klostermann Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 2000, ISBN 3-465-03060-5.
  • Berthold Schmidt: Die Reußen. Genealogie des Gesamthauses Reuß älterer und jüngerer Linie, sowie der ausgestorbenen Vogtslinien zu Weida, Gera und Plauen und der Burggrafen zu Meißen aus dem Hause Plauen. Schleiz 1903.
  • Ludwig Ferdinand Niemann: Geschichte der Grafen von Mansfeld mit drei lithografischen Abbildungen. Verlag Lorleberg, 1834. (online auf: books.google.de)
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