Melchior of Lichtenfels

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Melchior von Lichtenfels (* around 1517; † May 17, 1575 in Pruntrut ) had been Prince-Bishop of Basel since 1554 .


Melchior von Lichtenfels came from a Swabian aristocratic family that originally had their seat at Lichtenfels Castle .


As Bishop of Basel, he did not reside in Basel , which had been reformed since 1527 , but in Pruntrut in the Swiss Jura, where he was also secular ruler.

His administration of office was controversial, in 1568 he was even reprimanded for it by Pope Pius V. He was represented at the Council of Trent .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Carl Eduard Vehse: History of the German courts since the Reformation . Vol. 37. Hoffmann and Campe, 1851, p. 269 .
  2. Kindler von Knobloch, p. 500  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  3. ^ Alfred Ehrensperger: The service in the city and landscape of Basel in the 16th and 17th centuries . History of the service of God in the Evangelical Reformed Churches in German-speaking Switzerland, Vol. I. Theological Publishing House, Zurich 2010, ISBN 978-3-290-17543-6 , p. 104 .
  4. ^ Andreas Heusler : Constitutional history of the city of Basel in the Middle Ages . Bahnmaier's Buchhandlung (C. Detloff), 1860, p. 455 .


  • Erwin Gatz (ed.), With the assistance of Clemens Brodkorb: The Bishops of the Holy Roman Empire 1448 to 1648. A biographical lexicon. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-428-08422-5 , p. 423.

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Philipp von Gundelsheim Bishop of Basel
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