Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg

Also known as

  • Albert of Mainz
  • Albert of Magdeburg
  • Albert of Hohenzollern
  • Albrecht von…


Priest, bishop, cardinal and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. The son of Elector John, “the Cicero” of Brandenburg, he was ordained a priest on 4 April 1513, became Archbishop of Magdeburg on 31 August 1513, Archbishop of Mainz on 9 March 1514, cardinalpriest of San Crisogono on 24 March 1518, and cardinalpriest of San Pietro in Vincoli on 5 January 1521. Having been entrusted with the publication of the Indulgence issued by Pope Leo X, he employed Tetzel to do the preaching. To Albert, Martin Luther addressed his protest. In his youth worldly and overfond of humanistic studies, he reformed and became a defender of the Faith in Germany.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2019. Web. 17 June 2021. <>