Bishopric of Utrecht

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This article is about the civil principality (1024–1528) which was ruled by the bishops of Utrecht. For the historic diocese and archdiocese of Utrecht before and during the Protestant Reformation (695–1580) which was also ruled by the bishops of Utrecht, see Archdiocese of Utrecht (695–1580). For the current archdiocese within the Roman Catholic Church, see Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht. For the current archdiocese within the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands, see Old Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht.
Bishopric of Utrecht
Sticht Utrecht (nl)
Hochstift Utrecht (de)
Principauté d'Utrecht (fr)
State of the Holy Roman Empire

1024–1528 [[Burgundian Netherlands[disputed ]|]]
 

Flag Coat of arms
Bishopric of Utrecht c. 1350. Nedersticht is the smaller territory while Oversticht is the larger territory.
Capital Utrecht
Languages Dutch, Dutch Low Saxon
Religion Catholic
Government Principality
Prince-bishop
 -  (1024–1026)[a] Adalbold II of Utrecht
 -  (1524–1528)[b] Henry of the Palatinate
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Lower Lotharingia divided from Lotharingia 959
 -  Established 1024
 -  Investiture Controversy 1075–1122
 -  Concordat of Worms 1122
 -  Guelderian Wars 1502–1543
 -  Disestablished 1528
 -  Union of Utrecht signed 1579
Today part of  Netherlands

The Bishopric of Utrecht (1024–1528) was a civil principality of the Holy Roman Empire in the Low Countries, in present Netherlands, which was ruled by the bishops of Utrecht as princes of the Holy Roman Empire.

From 1024 until 1528, it was one of the Prince-Bishoprics of the Holy Roman Empire, constituting, in addition to its ecclesiastical aspect, a civil state within the Empire. In 1528, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, secularized its civil authority and territorial possessions.

History[edit]

History of the Low Countries
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nefates
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Salian Franks Batavii[3]
unpopulated
(4th–5th c.)
Saxons Salian Franks[4]
(4th–5th c.)
Frisian Kingdom
(6th c.–734)
Frankish Kingdom (481–843)Carolingian Empire (800–843)
Austrasia (511–687)
Middle Francia (843–855) West
Francia

(843–)
Kingdom of Lotharingia[5] (855– 959)
Duchy of Lower Lorraine[6] (959–)
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Frisian
Free-
dom
[7]
(11–16th
century)
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County of
Holland
[8]
(880–1432)
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Bishopric of
Utrecht
[9]
(695–1456)
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Duchy of
Brabant
[10]
(1183–1430)
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Duchy of
Guelders
[11]
(1046–1543)
County of
Flanders
[12]
(862–1384)
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County of
Hainaut

(1071–1432)
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County of
Namur

(981–1421)
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of Liège

[13]
(980–1794)
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Duchy of
Luxem-
bourg

(1059–1443)
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Burgundian Netherlands (1384–1482)
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Habsburg Netherlands (1482–1795)
(Seventeen Provinces after 1543)[14]
 
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Dutch Republic
(Seven United Netherlands)
(1581–1795)
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Spanish Netherlands
(1556–1714)
 
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Austrian Netherlands
(1714–1795)
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(1790)
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R. Liège
(1789–'91)
     
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Batavian Republic (1795–1806)
Kingdom of Holland (1806–1810)
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part of French First Republic (1795–1804)
part of First French Empire (1804–1815)
   
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Princip. of the Netherlands (1813–1815)
 
United Kingdom of the Netherlands (1815–1830)


Kingdom of the Netherlands (1839–)
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Kingdom of Belgium (1830–)
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Gr D. L.
(1839–)
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Luxem-
bourg

(1890–)

Foundation[edit]

The Diocese of Utrecht was established in 695 when Saint Willibrord was consecrated bishop of the Frisians at Rome by Pope Sergius I. With the consent of the Frankish ruler, Pippin of Herstal, he settled in an old Roman fort in Utrecht. After Willibrord's death the diocese suffered greatly from the incursions of the Frisians,[citation needed] and later on of the Vikings. Whether Willibrord could be called the first bishop of Utrecht is doubtful; as James Palmer points out, "there was no real concept of a well-defined bishopric until at least the days of Alberic (775–84)". And while Saint Boniface is referred to in his hagiographies as the successor of Willibrord (and, in turn, Gregory of Utrecht is referred to as the successor to Willibrord and Boniface), this does not necessarily mean "successor as bishop", but rather that they succeeded each other as missionaries to the Frisians.[15]

Prince-Bishopric of Utrecht[edit]

Better times appeared during the reign of the Saxon emperors, who frequently summoned the Bishops of Utrecht to attend the imperial councils and diets. In 1024 the bishops were made Princes of the Holy Roman Empire and the new Prince-Bishopric of Utrecht was formed. The secular territory over which it ruled was known as Sticht Utrecht or Het Sticht (a sticht was any piece of land governed by a bishop or abbot). This territory was divided into the Nedersticht (Lower Sticht, roughly corresponding to the present day province of Utrecht) and Oversticht (Upper Sticht, encompassing the present-day provinces of Overijssel, Drenthe, and part of Groningen).

In 1122, with the Concordat of Worms, the Emperor's right of investiture was annulled, and the cathedral chapter received the right to elect the bishop. It was, however, soon obligated to share this right with the four other collegiate chapters in the city. The Counts of Holland and Guelders, between whose territories the lands of the Bishops of Utrecht lay, also sought to acquire influence over the filling of the episcopal see. This often led to disputes and consequently the Holy See frequently interfered in the election. After the middle of the 14th century the popes repeatedly appointed the bishop directly without regard to the five chapters.

It was part of the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle

In 1527, the Bishop sold his territories, and thus his secular authority, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the principality became an integral part of the Habsburg dominions. The chapters transferred their right of electing the bishop to Charles V and his government, a measure to which Pope Clement VII gave his consent, under political pressure after the Sacco di Roma.

Lordship of Utrecht[edit]

The Prince-Bishopric of Utrecht became the Lordship of Utrecht in 1528.

Bishops until Protestant Reformation[edit]

Archbishops[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Adalbold II of Utrecht was bishop of the Diocese of Utrecht from 1010.
  2. ^ Henry of the Palatinate remained bishop of the Diocese of Utrecht until 1529.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roman foederati
  2. ^ The Chamavi merged into the confederation of the Franks; the Tubanti merged into the confederation of the Saxons.
  3. ^ Roman foederati
  4. ^ Roman foederati
  5. ^ Part of East Francia after 939, divided in Upper Lorraine (as part of West Francia) and Lower Lorraine (as part of East Francia) in 959.
  6. ^ Lower Lorraine — also referred to as Lothier — disintegrated into several smaller independent territories and only the title of a "Duke of Lothier" remained, held by Brabant.
  7. ^ Lordship of Frisia and Lordship of Groningen (including the Ommelanden) after 1524 and 1536 respectively.
  8. ^ Including County of Zeeland, that was ruled by neighboring County of Holland and County of Flanders (until 1432).
  9. ^ Utrecht included Lordship of Overijssel (until 1528), County of Drenthe (until 1528) and County of Zutphen (until 1182).
  10. ^ Duchy of Brabant included since 1288 also the Duchy of Limburg (now part of the Belgian Province of Liège) and the "Overmaas" lands Dalhem, Valkenburg and Herzogenrath (now part of the Dutch Province of Limburg).
  11. ^ The county, later duchy, of Guelders consisted of four quarters, as they were separated by rivers: situated upstream Upper Quarter (the present day northern half of the Dutch province of Limburg), spatially separated from the three downstream Lower Quarters: County of Zutphen (after 1182), Veluwe Quarter and Nijmegen Quarter. The three lower quarters emerged from the historic gau Hamaland, and formed the present day province of Gelderland. Guelders did not include the Cleves enclave Huissen and the independent counties of Buren and Culemborg, that were much later seceded to the province of Gelderland.
  12. ^ Including County of Artois (part of Flanders until 1237) and Tournaisis.
  13. ^ Throughout the Middle Ages, the bishopric was further expanded with the Duchy of Bouillon in 1096 (ceded to France in 1678), the acquisition of the county of Loon in 1366 and the county of Horne in 1568. The Lordship of Mechelen was also part of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège.
  14. ^ The name Seventeen Provinces came in use after the Habsburg emperor Charles V had re-acquired the Duchy of Guelders, and an continuous territory arose.
  15. ^ Palmer, James T. (2009). Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World (690-900). Studies in the Early Middle Ages 19. Turnhout: Brepols. pp. 163–66. ISBN 9782503519111. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ring, Trudy; Watson, Noelle; Schellinger, Paul, eds. (1995). "Utrecht". International dictionary of historic places 2. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 761. ISBN 188496401X. 

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