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John George Iv

JOHN GEORGE IV. (1668-1694), elector of Saxony, was born on the *8th of October 1668. At the beginning of his reign his chief adviser was Hans Adam von Schoning (1641-1696), who counselled a union between Saxony and Brandenburg and a more independent attitude towards the emperor. In accordance with this advice certain proposals were put before Leopold I. to which he refused to agree; and consequently the Saxon troops withdrew from the imperial army, a proceeding which, led the chagrined emperor to seize and imprison Schoning in July 1692. Although John George was unable to procure his minister's release, Leopold managed to allay the elector's anger, and early in 1693 the Saxon soldiers rejoined the imperialists. This elector is chiefly celebrated for his passion for Magdalene Sibylle von Neidschiitz (d. 1694), created in 1693 countess of Rochlitz, whom on his accession he publicly established as his mistr-ess. John George left no legitimate issue when he died on the 27th of April 1694.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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