Johann von Metzenhausen

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Johann von Metzenhausen
Archbishop of Trier
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Statue of Johann von Metzenhausen from the Cathedral of Trier.
Church Catholic Church
Diocese Electorate of Trier
In office 1531–1540
Personal details
Born 1492
Died 22 July 1540

Johann von Metzenhausen (1492–1540) was the Archbishop-Elector of Trier from 1531 to 1540.


Johann von Metzenhausen was born in Neef in 1492, the son of Heinrich von Metzenhausen and his wife Margarete Boos von Waldeck. He became a domciliar of the cathedral chapter of the Cathedral of Trier in 1505, and became a canon in 1511. The cathedral chapter elected him precentor in 1512; dean in 1517; and provost in 1521. In the wake of the death of Richard von Greiffenklau zu Vollrads, the cathedral chapter met on 27 March 1531 and elected Metzenhausen as the new Archbishop of Trier.

As archbishop, Metzenhausen opposed the Protestant movement, though he was generally conciliatory. He instituted reforms at the University of Trier and worked to improve the training of the clergy in the Archbishopric of Trier. With the outbreak of the Münster Rebellion in 1534, Metzenhausen helped raise troops to defeat the Anabaptist uprising. He attended the Colloquy of Haguenau in 1540, serving as one of the presidents of the colloquy.

Metzenhausen died suddenly on 22 July 1540 while visiting Thanstein Castle, near Haguenau.


John of Metzenhausen
Born: 1492 in Neef Died: 22 July 1540 on Thannstein castle near Haguenau
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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Richard von Greiffenklau zu Vollrads
Archbishop-Elector of Trier
as John III

Succeeded by
John IV Louis