Johann IV of Manderscheid-Blankenheim

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Thaler from 1575 by Johann IV.

Johann von Manderscheid-Blankenheim (born February 8, 1538 - † May 2, 1592 in Saverne ) was bishop of Strasbourg from 1569 to 1592 .


Johann was the second eldest son of Count Arnold I of Manderscheid-Blankenheim (1500–1548) and Countess Margarethe (1516–1572), daughter of Count Johann III. von Wied-Runkel (1485–1533) and Countess Elisabeth von Nassau-Dillenburg (1488–1559). His uncle Count Friedrich IV von Wied (1518–1568) was Archbishop of Cologne from 1562 to 1567 and his sister Countess Elsabeth von Manderscheid-Blankenheim (1544–1586) was abbess of the imperial monastery of Essen from 1575 to 1578 .

At a young age, Johann became a canon member of the Cologne cathedral chapter in 1547 . In 1562 he was a cathedral scholar and in 1567 a capuchin .

After the resignation of his uncle Friedrich IV von Wied as Archbishop of Cologne, new elections were held in autumn 1567. However, Johann could not assert himself against Count Salentin von Isenburg . On November 4, 1568 , he finally resigned to his offices in Cologne and then prevailed in the election of the bishop of Strasbourg on January 26, 1569 against the Count Palatine Reichard von Pfalz-Simmern , but was not supported until the summer of 1573 in Rome by Pope Gregory XIII. confirmed in office.

In 1580 he called the Jesuits to Molsheim , whose first rector, Jakob Ernfelder, was one of his trusted advisors.