Veit Adam von Gepeckh

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Veit Adam von Gepeckh on a painting in the Fürstengang Freising
Coat of arms of Veit Adam von Gepeckh in the Fürstengang Freising
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Veit Adam von Gepeckh (born April 10 or June 15, 1584 at Arnbach Castle near Dachau , † December 8, 1651 in Freising ) was Prince-Bishop of Freising from 1618 until his death .


Johann Franz Eckher von Kapfing and Liechteneck , Prince-Bishop of Freising from 1696 to 1727, mentions him in his collections and writings on the genealogy of the Bavarian nobility and puts his date of birth on April 10, 1584.

His father was the Indersdorf monastery judge and later Dachau district judge Adam von Gepeckh. In 1600 he graduated from the Jesuit high school in Munich (today Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich ). Despite the opposition of the Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. and despite moral concerns because of its alleged "uncanonical past life" (multiple paternity) was Veit Adam in 1618 by the Cathedral Chapter to Bishop elected and consecrated. From 1619 to 1622 he redesigned the Freising Cathedral in the style of the early Baroque. He commissioned Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp for the large high altar painting of the cathedral, “The Apocalyptic Woman”. He also initiated the construction of the prince-bishop's residence. Gepeckh led Freising through the difficult time of the Thirty Years' War . In 1632 Freising was sacked by the Swedish King Gustav Adolf . Hunger and plague also raged when the Swedes again invaded the city of Freising, which was defended by Bavarian troops, in 1646.

As early as 1638, under pressure from the Bavarian Elector, the Prince-Bishop's nephew Albrecht Sigismund of Bavaria was assigned as coadjutor “cum iure successionis”. Only a few months before their deaths did they come to an agreement with Elector Maximilian I, his decades-long opponent. Veit Adam von Gepeckh was buried in the so-called “Prince Chapel” of the Freising Cathedral .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Collections and writings on the genealogy of the Bavarian nobility . 1695, p. 303: "Veit Adam natus a o 1584 the 10th of April on an Erttag , vmb 2 and 3 a.m. in the Zaich [en] des Wid [er] s".
  2. ^ Max Leitschuh: The matriculations of the upper classes of the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich , 4 vol., Munich 1970–1976; Vol. 1, p. 11 (there: Gepöck, Vitus Adam).
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Albrecht Sigismund of Bavaria