Friedrich von Wirsberg

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Friedrich von Wirsberg
Friedrich von Wirsberg Epitaph in Würzburg Dom
Friedrich von Wirsberg coat of arms from 1569

Friedrich von Wirsberg (1507–1573) was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1558 to 1573.

Friedrich von Wirsberg was born in Glashütten, Bavaria on November 16, 1507.[1]

On April 15, 1558, Melchior Zobel von Giebelstadt, Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, was assassinated by the forces of Wilhelm von Grumbach.[2] The cathedral chapter of Würzburg Cathedral elected Friedrich von Wirsberg as Zobel's successor on April 27, 1558.[1] Von Grumbach claimed he was not involved in the murder of Zobel, but Bishop von Wirsberg was determined to bring von Grumbach to justice.[2] Von Grumbach, along with Albert Alcibiades, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, sought refuge in the Kingdom of France.[2]

In 1560, von Wirsberg expelled all Jews from the Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg.[2]

He died on November 12, 1573, and is buried in Würzburg Cathedral (grave #14, grave plate #59 on diagram).[1]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Melchior Zobel von Giebelstadt
Prince-Bishop of Würzburg
Succeeded by
Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn