Konrad I. (Worms)

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Konrad I , also Konrad von Steinach († April 13, 1171 ) was Bishop of Worms from 1150 to 1171 and had today's nave of Worms Cathedral built.

Origin and family

He came from the Odenwald noble family von Steinach, who later called themselves Landschad von Steinach . His brother was Bligger I. von Steinach, his nephew Bligger II. Von Steinach was known as a minstrel .

Live and act

Konrad I von Steinach had close ties to Count Palatine Gottfried von Calw from an early age and through him came to the court of Emperor Heinrich V. Also the court and imperial politics of King Konrad III. and from Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa the Steinacher remained connected. The former appointed him Bishop of Worms in February 1150. He took part in various court days of both rulers and served in the army on Barbarossa's first and second train to Italy. The emperor also came to see him in Worms more often.

Worms Cathedral, nave from the north

Bishop Konrad von Steinach continued the new construction of the Worms Cathedral, which his predecessor Burchard II had begun around 1130. That is where the east works comes from; Konrad von Steinach had the three-aisled nave built between 1160 and 1170. His successor Konrad II completed the construction with the new westwork around 1181.

Konrad von Steinach promoted the Schönau monastery founded by his predecessor and gave him other goods. Already in the deed of foundation of 1142 he appeared with his brother as a witness.

He died in 1171 and was buried in Worms Cathedral. Frequently rumored reports of his death in the Orient and his burial in Tire are apparently based on a mix-up. Friedrich Zorn handed down the grave inscription in the Worms Chronicle .


  • Friedhelm Jürgensmeier : The diocese of Worms. From Roman times to its dissolution in 1801 (= contributions to the history of the Mainz church. Vol. 5). Echter, Würzburg 1997, ISBN 3-429-01876-5 , pp. 35-39.
  • Johann Friedrich Schannat : Historia Episcopatus Wormatiensis. Volume 1. Varrentrapp, Frankfurt am Main 1734, pp. 355-354 .
  • Friedrich Zorn: Worms Chronicle (= library of the literary association in Stuttgart. 43). With the additions of Franz Berthold von Flersheim, edited by Wilhelm Arnold . Litterarischer Verein, Stuttgart 1857, pp. 55–57 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Horst Carl, Sönke Lorenz (ed.): Successful adaptation? Noble answers to social change processes from the 14th to the 16th century (= writings on Southwest German regional studies. Vol. 53). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2005, ISBN 3-7995-5253-7 , p. 89, (detail scan) .
  2. Dieter Breuer, Jürgen Breuer: Talk with spaeher. Political history in the Nibelungenlied. 2nd Edition. Fink, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-7705-2972-3 , p. 207 .
  3. Worms Cathedral web portal ( Memento from March 2, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ Rüdiger Fuchs: The inscriptions of the city of Worms (= The German inscriptions. Vol. 29 = The German inscriptions. Mainzer series. Vol. 2). Reichert, Wiesbaden 1991, ISBN 3-88226-498-5 , p. 16 and 24, (clipping scan 1) , (clipping scan 2) .
predecessor Office successor
Burchard II Bishop of Worms
Konrad II.