Liechtenstein, Johann VI von (1500-1552)
In religious matters Johann (John, Hans) von Liechtenstein's position was identical with that of his uncle Leonhard von Liechtenstein. At the death of his father Wolfgang (1473-1520) he was only 20. In 1535 he married Anna, daughter of Georg VI von Liechtenstein (b. 1535); after her death he married Esther von Dietrichstein (1525-1597); he had nine children. Johann entered early into the service of Ferdinand I in the Turkish wars and on diplomatic missions. Politically he sided with the Moravian nobles for Ferdinand, in opposition to the majority of the Bohemian estates, when they prepared their revolt against the emperor and Ferdinand in the Schmalkaldian war. In consequence he occupied a respected position in public affairs.
Like his uncle Leonhard he was a Protestant. Hubmaier dedicated his book on infant baptism to Johann and Leonhard. It may therefore be inferred that they were friendly to the Anabaptists. There is no indication in the Hutterite chronicles that he was baptized. Johann died 17 June 1552 as an imperial councilor and chief syndic of Moravia, and was buried at Eisgrab.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 650.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 337-338. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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