Georg der Fromme
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 1
German royalty, a Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach from the House of Hohenzollern.
He was the third of eight sons of Margrave Frederick the Elder and his wife Sophia of Poland, daughter of Casimir IV of Poland and Elisabeth of Habsburg. Through his mother, he was related to the royal court in Buda. He entered the service of his uncle, King Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary, living at his court from 1506. The king received him as an adopted son, entrusted him in 1515 with the Duchy of Oppeln, and in 1516 made him member of the tutelary government instituted for Hungary.
George came into possession of several territories including all Upper Silesia. As the owner and mortgagee of these territories he prepared the way for the introduction of the Protestant Reformation. Earlier than any other German prince or any other member of the Hohenzollern line including even his younger brother Albert, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, he turned his eyes and heart to the new faith.
Through his influence, energy, and practical spirit, he introduced the new doctrine and founded a new evangelical and churchly life. He made efforts to secure preachers of the new gospel from Hungary, Silesia, and Franconia, and tried to introduce the church order of Brandenburg-Nuremberg, which had already found acceptance in the Franconian territories.
George married three times: First to Beatrice de Frangepan (1480 – c.1510); the marriage produced no children.
George's second wife was Hedwig of Münsterberg-Oels (1508–1531), daughter of Charles I of Münsterberg-Oels; their marriage produced two daughters: Anna Maria of Brandenburg-Ansbach (December 28, 1526 – May 20, 1589) and Sabina of Brandenburg-Ansbach (12 May 1529 – 2 November 1575). His third wife was Emilie of Saxony (July 27, 1516 – March 9, 1591), daughter of Henry IV, Duke of Saxony and Catherine of Mecklenburg. Their children were Sophie of Brandenburg-Ansbach (March 23, 1535 – February 12, 1587), Barbara of Brandenburg-Ansbach (June 17, 1536 – June 1591 in Kloster Himmelkron), Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1538–1604), and George Frederick (1539–1603).
George of Brandenburg-Ansbach died on 27 December 1543.