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Heinrich Rantzau

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Name  Heinrich Rantzau
Role  German statesman
Parents  Johan Rantzau

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Died  December 31, 1598, Breitenburg, Germany
Children  Gerhard von Rantzau, Frants Rantzau, Breide Rantzau
Grandchildren  Elisabeth von Rantzau, Christian von Rantzau, Frants Rantzau, Frederik Rantzau, Henrik Rantzau
Great grandchildren  Otto Rantzau, Henrik Rantzau

Heinrich Rantzau or Ranzow (Ranzovius) (11 March 1526 – 31 December 1598) was a German humanist writer and statesman, a prolific astrologer and an associate of Tycho Brahe. He was son of Johan Rantzau. He was Governor of the Danish royal share in the Duchy of Holstein, a rich man and celebrated book collector. Rantzau is perhaps best remembered as a patron of scholars. His own Tractatus astrologicus de genethliacorum thematum appeared in 1597, and went through five editions by 1615. In his own time, he was regarded as a generous supporter of artists and writers in Lübeck, many of whom he engaged to write memorials of his father. Rantzau was also a successful merchant with trading interests in the east-west trade through Husum and Lübeck.

He was the great-uncle of Josias von Rantzau, Marshal of France.


  • Felgentreu, Fritz (ed., trans.). Heinrich Rantzau (Christianus Cilicius Cimber). Belli Dithmarsici vera descriptio: Wahre Beschreibung des Dithmarscher Krieges (Schleswig: Landesarchiv Schleswig-Holstein, 2009) (Veröffentlichungen des Landesarchivs Schleswig-Holstein, 86).
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    Heinrich Rantzau Wikipedia

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