Iso from Wölpe

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The picture Iso von Wölpes on his grave slab in the Verden St. Andreas Church

Yso or Iso von Wölpe (* 1167 ; † August 5, 1231 ) was Bishop of Verden .


He was the younger son of Count Bernhard I von Wölpe from the County of Wölpe . Iso entered the clergy early, was canon in Verden and provost of Bardowick in 1188 . From 1197 he was provost of the cathedral . In 1205 he was elected Bishop of Verden. At first he stayed on the side of the Staufers . Through his brother Bernhard II and the ruler of the diocese, Wilhelm von Lüneburg , he transferred to Otto IV . In 1211/1212 and 1213/1215 he took part in crusades in Livonia .

After the death of Otto IV. In 1218 he acquired the monastery bailiwick from the Guelph subordinates. With the further purchase of the noble lordship of the west, he enabled the establishment of the collegiate monastery St. Andreas in Verden in 1220 . First he had the northern city of Verdens fortified with a curtain wall. As a result, and the start of minting, Verden quickly gained city rights. Under him, Verden removed itself from imperial politics and the monastery expanded its territory by restricting the nobility and colonizing the old country. In 1226 he was in dispute with the Archbishop of Bremen, Gerhard II, about the spiritual jurisdiction over Ottersberg Castle .

A bronze grave plate from the 13th century with an engraved life-size picture of the bishop has been preserved in St. Andrew's Church in Verden . The inscription provides information on the date of his death and the achievements of his tenure.


  • Walter Jarecki (edit.): Document book of the St. Andreas monastery in Verden (= publication series of the Landschaftsverband des Landschaftsverband Stade Volume 46 = Publications of the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen Volume 285). Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-8353-1854-0
  • Arend Mindermann (arrangement): Document book of the bishops and the cathedral chapter of Verden. Volume 1: From the beginnings to 1300 (= series of publications by the Stade Regional Association. Volume 13 = publication by the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen. Volume 205). Landscape Association of the Former Duchies of Bremen and Verden, Stade 2001, ISBN 3-931879-07-0


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  1. Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch : History of the possessions of the Knightly Orders of Livonia and Prussia in Meklenburg ( Memento from June 9, 2010 in the Internet Archive ). In: Yearbooks of the Association for Mecklenburg History and Archeology. Volume 14, Schwerin 1849, p. 5
  2. Cf. Walter Jarecki (arrangement): Document book of the St. Andreas monastery in Verden , Göttingen 2016, p. 49, no. 10 (August 5, 1231). See Till Warning: New questions about old inscriptions in the cathedral and in St. Andreas, Verden . In: Yearbook for the district of Verden 2019, pp. 159–174.
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Rudolf I of Verden Bishop of Verden
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