Érard de La Marck

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Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (1500-1559): "Portrait of Erard de la Marck"

Érard de la Marck[1] (31 May 1472, in Sedan, Ardennes - 18 March 1538) was prince-bishop of Liège from 1506 till 1538.[2] He was the third son of Robert I de la Marck, lord of Sedan and Bouillon.

He was also lord of Jametz, bishop of Chartres (1507-1525) and archbishop of Valencia (1520-1538). He was nominated Cardinal in 1520.[2] He first tried to obtain protection from the King of France and finally allied with the emperor. He succeeded in securing peace in the prince-bishopric during his whole reign.

His reign is considered as the most flourishing of the Bishopric of Liège. He reconstructed the prince-bishop's palace, ruined by the wars of the last century with Burgundy. He also restored many monuments, including Saint Martin collegiate church.

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  1. ^ German: Eberhard von der Mark.
  2. ^ a b Catholic Hierarchy

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
René d'Illiers
Bishop of Chartres
Succeeded by
Louis Guillard
Preceded by
Alonso de Aragón
Archbishop of Valencia
Succeeded by
George of Austria
Preceded by
John of Hornes
Prince-bishop of Liège
Succeeded by
Corneille of Berghes