Charles Joseph of Lorraine

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Charles Joseph of Lorraine.

Charles Joseph John Anthony Ignace Felix of Lorraine (German: Karl Joseph Anton Johann Ignaz Felix von Lothringen), also known as Charles III in his capacity as the bishop of Olomouc (24 November 1680 – 4 December 1715), was a German prelate.

Born in Vienna, he was the second son of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine. He was bishop of Olomouc (1695–1711) and Prince-Bishop of Osnabrück (1698–1715), for which he was the successful candidate of the House of Palatinate, opposed by Brandenburg and, following some reverses and to the accompaniment of an enormous payment to the chapter of Trier, Charles Joseph was made archbishop and prince-elector of Trier (1711–1715), a political position of notable importance in the Holy Roman Empire. Already in 1711, he was able to make use of his electoral rights in the election of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. He participated in the negotiations surrounding the end of the War of the Spanish Succession and succeeded in having the French occupying forces leave the Archbishopric in 1714. Charles Joseph died of smallpox during a visit in Vienna.

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Charles Joseph of Lorraine
Born: 24 November 1680 in Vienna Died: 4 December 1715 in Vienna
Catholic Church titles
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Charles II
Prince-Bishop of Olomouc
as Charles III

1695–1711
Succeeded by
Wolfgang Schrattenbach
Preceded by
Ernest Augustus I, Elector of Hanover
(Lutheran Administrator)
Prince-Bishop of Osnabrück
1698–1715
Succeeded by
Ernest Augustus II, Prince of Hanover
(Lutheran Administrator)
Preceded by
John VIII
Archbishop-Elector of Trier
and Prince-Abbot of Prüm
as Charles III

1711–1715
Succeeded by
Francis Louis of Palatinate-Neuburg