Lothar von Metternich

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Not to be confused with Lothar Friedrich von Metternich-Burscheid (1617-1675), Archbishop of Mainz.
Lothar von Metternich

Lothar Johann Reinhard von Metternich (1551–1623) was the Archbishop-Elector of Trier from 1599 to 1623.

Biography[edit]

Lothar von Metternich was born in Schloss Vettelhoven in Grafschaft on August 31, 1551, the son of Johann von Metternich (1500-1562), Lord of Vettelhoven and bailiff of Saffenberg, and his fourth wife, Katharina von der Leyen zu Adendorf (1528-1567). He attended the University of Cologne from 1567 to 1577; the University of Perugia from 1577 to 1579; and the University of Padua from 1579 to 1581. In addition to his native German, he was fluent in Flemish, French, Italian, and Latin.

He became a Domizellar at the Cathedral of Trier in 1570; a canon of the cathedral in 1575; and Domscholaster in 1590. He was ordained as a priest on June 13, 1599.

Following the death of Archbishop of Trier Johann von Schönenberg, the cathedral chapter of the Cathedral of Trier elected Metternich as coadjutor archbishop on August 7, 1599. Pope Clement VIII confirmed his appointment on October 11, 1599. Bishop emeritus of Osor Coriolani Garzadori consecrated Metternich as a bishop on July 30, 1600 in the church dedicated to Florinus of Remüs in Koblenz.

Metternich's chief goal as archbishop was to improve the finances of the Archbishopric of Trier. He introduced a number of new taxes. In 1609, he joined the Catholic League, which resulted in further expenses for the Archbishopric. He participated in the imperial election of Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor in 1612 and of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor in 1619.

After a long illness, Metternich died on September 17, 1623 in Koblenz. He is buried in the Cathedral of Trier.

References[edit]

Lothar von Metternich
Born: 31 August 1551 on Vettelhoven Castle in Grafschaft Died: 17 September 1623 in Coblenz
Catholic Church titles
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John VII
Archbishop-Elector of Trier and
Prince-Abbot of Prüm

1599–1623
Succeeded by
Philipp Christoph von Sötern