Franz Ludwig von Erthal

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Coin with Portrait of the Bamberg and Würzburg Prince-Bishop (20 Kreuzer 1785)

Franz Ludwig Freiherr von Erthal (16 September 1730 in Lohr am Main - 14 February 1795 in Würzburg) was the prince-bishop of Würzburg and Bamberg from 1779 until his death. He was buried at the Würzburg Cathedral (#45 diagram).

From 1779 until his death, he was very prudent as the prince-bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg in personal union. He was permeated with the ideas of the Enlightenment and promoted the education of the clergy. In Bamberg he built the first modern hospital and introduced a first public social insurance. The University of Bamberg received a chair for veterinary medicine under its government. Politically he was loyal to the house of Habsburg and close to Emperor Joseph II. Unlike his predecessor Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim, Erthal was no friend of profane pleasures, and there were no hunts and opera performances at his court. The Würzburg Residenz was however completed during his reign.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim
Prince-Bishop of Würzburg
1779–1795
Succeeded by
Georg Karl Ignaz von Fechenbach zu Laudenbach
Preceded by
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim
Prince-Bishop of Bamberg
1779–1795
Succeeded by
Christoph Franz von Buseck

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.