George of Austria

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George of Austria

George of Austria (Ghent, 1505 – Liège, 4 May 1557), was Prince-bishop of Liège from 1544 to 1557.

He was an illegitimate son of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and Margaretha of Edelsheim. He became Bishop of Brixen (Tyrol) between 1525 and 1537 and Archbishop of Valencia between 1538 and 1544.

In 1544 he became Prince-bishop of Liège by the influence of his nephew Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, a post he held until his death. George strongly opposed any French influence in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, thus maintaining the strong grip of the Habsburgs, who controlled all surrounding lands.
In 1554, he was faced with a French invasion under King Henry II of France.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sebastian Sprenz
Bishop of Brixen
1525–1537
Succeeded by
Bernardo Clesio
Preceded by
Érard de La Marck
Archbishop of Valencia
1538–1544
Succeeded by
Thomas of Villanova
Preceded by
Corneille of Berghes
Prince-bishop of Liège
1544–1557
Succeeded by
Robert of Berghes