The Princebishopric of Hildesheim, 1643-1723

The territory of the Princebishopric of Hildesheim, to the larger part occupied by the Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel since the GROSSE STIFTSFEHDE (Great Diocesan Feud) of 1519-1523, was reunited in 1643. By then, however, in the area long administrated from Wolfenbüttel the LUTHERAN FAITH had been introduced, while the core territory around the city of Hildesheim had remained Catholic.
According to the Treaty of Westphalia, the confession communities had in 1624 had to be respected; i.e. the larger part of the Princebishopric of Hildesheim remained protestant.
For the coming centuries, most bishops were chosen from the family of the Dukes of Bavaria; often, a bishop held more than one bishoprics, and in that case he would prefer to reside in a wealthier bishopric.

Princebishops of Hildesheim
Ferdinand of Bavaria (1612-1650)
Maximilian Heinrich of Bavaria (1650-1688)
Jost Edmund von Brabeck (1688-1702)
Joseph Clemens of Bavaria (1702-1723)

Article Hildesheim, from Catholic Encyclopedia
DOCUMENTS List of Prince-Bishops, from Regnal Chronologies
REFERENCE Territorien-Ploetz : Geschichte der Deutschen Länder, Vol.1, Würzburg 1964, p.373
Coins of the Princebishopric of Hildesheim 1601-1700, in Krause, Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins : Seventeenth Century 1601-1700, 2nd ed., 2000, pp.511-514
Coins of the Princebishopric of Hildesheim, 1701-1800, in : Krause, Mishler Standard Catalog of World Coins : Eighteenth Century 1701-1800, 2nd ed., 1887, pp.378-380

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First posted on January 3rd 2002, last revised on November 12th 2004

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