Götz von Berlichingen

1480 - 1562

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Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen (1480 – 23 July 1562), also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German (Franconian) Imperial Knight (Reichsritter), mercenary, and poet. He was born around 1480 into the noble family of Berlichingen in modern-day Baden-Württemberg. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Götz von Berlichingen has received more than 1,126,305 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Götz von Berlichingen is the 318th most popular military personnel (down from 296th in 2019), the 767th most popular biography from Germany (down from 682nd in 2019) and the 71st most popular German Military Personnel.

Götz von Berlichingen is most famous for his iron hand, which he had to have made after losing his right hand in a duel.

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Among military personnels, Götz von Berlichingen ranks 318 out of 1,466Before him are Yamagata Aritomo, Erasmo of Narni, Friedrich Dollmann, Cao Ren, Nearchus, and François Joseph Lefebvre. After him are Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, Hans-Valentin Hube, Hugo Sperrle, Xiahou Yuan, Datis, and Eduard Dietl.

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Among people born in 1480, Götz von Berlichingen ranks 11Before him are Albrecht Altdorfer, Johann Georg Faust, Lorenzo Lotto, Salaì, Joachim Patinir, and Saint Cajetan. After him are Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire, Pier Gerlofs Donia, Palma Vecchio, Dosso Dossi, and Gazi Husrev-beg. Among people deceased in 1562, Götz von Berlichingen ranks 6Before him are Antoine of Navarre, Adrian Willaert, Lütfi Pasha, Eleanor of Toledo, and Gabriele Falloppio. After him are Jan van Scorel, Peter of Alcantara, Francesco de' Rossi, Christoph Amberger, Peter Martyr Vermigli, and François de Tournon.

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Among people born in Germany, Götz von Berlichingen ranks 767 out of 5,289Before him are Julius Schreck (1898), Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Otto Ernst Remer (1912), Friedrich Dollmann (1882), Hennig Brand (1630), and Ernst Otto Fischer (1918). After him are Gudrun Burwitz (1929), Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Johann Christoph Bach (1642), Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707), Juana Bormann (1893), and Hugo Sperrle (1885).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Götz von Berlichingen ranks 71Before him are Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Maurice de Saxe (1696), Günther Prien (1908), Walther Wenck (1900), Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886), and Friedrich Dollmann (1882). After him are Hans-Valentin Hube (1890), Hugo Sperrle (1885), Eduard Dietl (1890), Viktor Lutze (1890), Günther Lütjens (1889), and Heinrich von Vietinghoff (1887).