Heinrich von Knöringen

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Heinrich von Knöringen

Heinrich von Knöringen (5 February, 1570 – 25 June, 1646) was Prince-Bishop of Augsburg from 1591 to 1646.


Heinrich von Knöringen was born in Nesselwang on February 5, 1570, the son of Johann Christoph von Knöringen.[1] He took the minor orders in 1586 and three years later he began the study of law at the University of Ingolstadt.[1] In 1590, he transferred to the Collegium Germanicum.[1]

He became a deacon in Augsburg on September 15, 1595.[1] On April 19, 1599, the cathedral chapter of Augsburg Cathedral elected him to be Prince-Bishop of Augsburg.[2] He was ordained as a priest in May 1599.[2] On June 13, 1599, Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Bishop of Eichstätt, consecrated him as a bishop.[2]

His time as Bishop of Augsburg largely overlapped with the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648).[1] He supported the decision of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor to issue the Edict of Restitution in 1629.[1] From 1632 to 1635 and in 1645 the Thirty Years' War forced him to flee the Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg; he took refuge in Reutte, Hall in Tirol, and Innsbruck at various times.[1]

He died in Dillingen an der Donau on June 25, 1646.[1]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Johann Otto von Gemmingen
Prince-Bishop of Augsburg
Succeeded by
Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria