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Ernst von Reden, painting by Ludger tom Ring the Younger , 1579

Ernst von Reden (* around 1529; † March 29, 1589 in Hameln ) was governor of the Principality of Lüneburg from 1572 to 1579 .

Origin and family

The von Reden family originally lived at Reden Castle, built around 1255 near Pattensen, northwest of Hildesheim . Ernst's parents were Hans von Reden and Mette von Schwicheldt. His sister Anna married Ludolf Klencke (von Hämelschenburg ), his sister Lucia married Colonel Hilmar von Münchhausen . The other siblings did not survive childhood.

Live and act

His second wife Armgard, b. Rottorp painting by Ludger tom Ring d. J. (1579)

At a young age he was an avid supporter of Luther , later an advocate of the reformer Anton Corvinus , who was imprisoned at Calenberg Castle in 1549 . Ernst entered the service of Duke Heinrich the Elder as Drost in Burgdorf . J. von Braunschweig-Lüneburg .

In 1568/70 he acquired the so-called “Red Court” (today's Redenhof in Großehofstraße) from Braun von Eddingerode in Hameln , which he expanded into a residence. In the autumn of 1572 he was appointed governor of the Principality of Lüneburg by Wilhelm the Younger .

When his in-laws, the Rottorps, died out in the male line in 1576, he wanted to secure the inheritance of Hülsede for his wife against the feudal claims of the Count of Schaumburg. But when Count Adolf von Schaumburg approached Hülsede with 400 riflemen, he could not prevail against the overwhelming odds. Schaumburg then gave the property to Hermann von Mengersen .

In 1578 he bought another farm in Göttingen .

In 1579 he returned to Hameln. After a long illness he died there and was buried in the minster church.

Marriages and children

  • On May 12, 1555 he married Agnes von der Malsburg . She died on April 13, 1565 giving birth to her third child.
  • On January 22, 1566 he married Armgard von Rottorp (1550-1605), daughter of Claus von Rottorp and Armgard von dem Bussche at Hülsede Castle. With her he had 16 other children.

Of his 19 children, only Henning, who acquired the nearby Hastenbeck manor in 1639, continued the tribe. Hennings' two sons founded the two current lines of the Reden family .

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