Philip of the Palatinate
|Philip of the Palatinate|
Prince Bishop Philip of the Palatinate (portrait from circa 1526)
|Noble family||House of Wittelsbach|
|Father||Philip the Upright|
|Mother||Margaret of Bavaria, Electress Palatine|
5 July 1480|
|Died||5 January 1541
Philip of the Palatinate (German: Philipp von der Pfalz; 5 July 1480, Heidelberg – 5 January 1541, Freising) was Prince-Bishop of Freising (1498–1541) and Naumburg (1517–1541). He was a member of the house of Wittelsbach, and the son of Elector Palatine Philip the Upright and Margaret of Bavaria. Among 14 children, he was the second oldest son. Several contemporary portraits of him are known.
Bishop of Freising
Philip defended the diocese of Freising successfully in the turmoil of the German Peasants' War. He managed to keep the Bavarian dukes out of the policy of the bishopric. He initiated many construction projects and is buried in the Freising Cathedral.
Bishop of Naumburg
In 1512, he was appointed Coadjutor of bishop John III of Naumburg. After John died, Philip was appointed Bishop of Naumburg as well. He stayed in Naumburg for ten months. After that, his primary residence was again in Freising, while Naumburg was mostly ruled by administrators. As he enjoyed the good will of the House of Wettin, he took a moderate attitude towards Martin Luther. After the death of Frederick III and the emerging resistance of the Naumburg and Zeitz citizenship, Philip moved to the Catholic camp and paid no more visits to Naumburg. He was tired of ruling and tried to find a successor to the bischopric of Naumburg.
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- Heinz Wießner: Das Bistum Naumburg 1 - Die Diözese 2, in: Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte (ed.): Germania Sacra, NF 35.2, Die Bistumer der Kirchenprovinz Magdeburg, Berlin/New York, 1998. p. 951-965.
Philip of the PalatinateBorn: 5 July 1480 Died: 5 January 1541
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