Johann Tetzel

1460 - 1519

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Johann Tetzel (c. 1465 – 11 August 1519) was a German Dominican friar and preacher. He was appointed Inquisitor for Poland and Saxony, later becoming the Grand Commissioner for indulgences in Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Tetzel has received more than 433,736 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Johann Tetzel is the 683rd most popular religious figure (down from 590th in 2019), the 720th most popular biography from Germany (down from 569th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Religious Figure.

Johann Tetzel was a Dominican friar and preacher who sold indulgences to fund the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica.

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Among religious figures, Johann Tetzel ranks 683 out of 2,238Before him are Cornelius the Centurion, Athenagoras of Athens, Pope Adrian IV, Émile Benveniste, Erasmus of Formia, and Romanos the Melodist. After him are Guru Gobind Singh, Paulo Miki, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Antipope Ursicinus, and Eusebius of Nicomedia.

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Among people born in 1460, Johann Tetzel ranks 3Before him are Vasco da Gama and Juan Ponce de León. After him are Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Bartholomew Columbus, Judah Leon Abravanel, Juan de la Cosa, Tristão da Cunha, Lorenzo Costa, Jacopo de' Barbari, and Geertgen tot Sint Jans. Among people deceased in 1519, Johann Tetzel ranks 6Before him are Leonardo da Vinci, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Lucrezia Borgia, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino. After him are Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Michael Wolgemut, Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, Juan de Flandes, Hōjō Sōun, and Ambrosius Holbein.

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Among people born in Germany, Johann Tetzel ranks 720 out of 6,142Before him are Georg Ernst Stahl (1659), Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757), Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (1668), Arthur Nebe (1894), Max Schmeling (1905), and David Strauss (1808). After him are Hardy Krüger (1928), Gisela of Hungary (980), Amalie Auguste of Bavaria (1801), Wilhelm Liebknecht (1826), John George I, Elector of Saxony (1585), and Moritz Schlick (1882).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Johann Tetzel ranks 18Before him are Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Rabanus Maurus (780), Pope Victor II (1018), Norbert of Xanten (1080), Margot Frank (1926), and Gertrude the Great (1256). After him are Therese Neumann (1898), Albert of Brandenburg (1490), Bruno of Querfurt (970), Nicolaus Zinzendorf (1700), Conrad Schumann (1942), and Barbara Blomberg (1527).