The successful general and ingenious state administrator, whose portrait can be seen here in a window of Altenburg Palace, became regent of the newly created Duchy of Saxe-Gotha in 1640 in the middle of the Thirty Years’ War. His church and school reforms earned him great merit. Immediately after his death, he was known only as “Ernst, der Fromme” (Ernst the Pious) and was regarded as a model statesman.

Information about taking this photo

  • Camera: FinePix S9500
  • Focal length: 15.4mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/300s
  • ISO: 400
  • Taken: 14 December, 2006

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