1503, Jun 301554, Mar 3
Elector of Saxony and Head of the Protestant Confederation of Germany (the Schmalkaldic League), "Champion of the Reformation". He received his education from George Spalatin, whom he highly esteemed during his whole life. Spalatin was Martin Luther's friend and advisor and thus, through Spalatin's schooling, Johann developed a devotion to the teachings of Martin Luther. His knowledge of history was comprehensive, and his library, which extended over all sciences, was one of the largest in Germany.
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02/27/1531-Philip I of Hesse and John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony form the Schmalkaldic League
04/24/1547-Battle of Mühlberg: Emperor Charles V vs John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony
05/19/1547-Duke John Frederick I surrenders to Charles V 
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