Albert, Crantz a German ecclesiastic, was born at Hamburg. He took his doctor's degree in 1490; and became dean of that cathedral and professor. He earnestly desired a reformation in the Church; and when he heard of Luther's intention to set it on foot, advised him as follows: "Go, my brother, into your cell, and say Miserere mei, Deus!" He died at Hamburg in 1517, leaving Metropollis; or, An Ecclesiastical History of the Churches of Germany from 780 to 1504 (Basle, 1548; Cologne, 1574, 8vo; Frankf.
1576,1590): — thirteen books on the History of the Vandals (Frankf. 1575): — a Chronicle of the Other Northern Nations, viz. Sweden, Denmark, Norway, etc. (Strasb. 1546; with additions by Wolfus, Frankf. 1575). All these have, been inserted in the Index of Prohibited Works. There is also a small work on the Office of the Mass (Rostock). See Cave, Hist. Lit.