Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg

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Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg

Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg (1583–1631) was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1622 to 1631.

Philipp Adolf von Ehrenberg was born in Heinsheim, which is today a district of Bad Rappenau, on September 23, 1583, the son of Johann Heinrich von Ehrenberg (d. 1584).[1] His mother was the sister of Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn, who was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1573 to 1617 and led the massive witch-hunt of Wurzburg alongside his son.[2]

The cathedral chapter of Würzburg Cathedral elected him to be Prince-Bishop of Würzburg on February 6, 1623, with Pope Urban VIII confirming his appointment on March 19, 1624.[1]

As bishop, von Ehrenberg was a fierce supporter of the Counter-Reformation and supported re-Catholicization throughout his territories.[2] He also oversaw the Würzburg witch trials, a massive witch-hunt in his bishopric from 1626 to 1630, during which time some 900 alleged witches were burned at the stake.[2]

He died on July 16, 1631.[3]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Johann Gottfried von Aschhausen
Prince-Bishop of Würzburg
Succeeded by
Franz von Hatzfeld