Siegfried III (archbishop of Mainz)

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Archbishop Siegfried III of Mainz. The oldest memorial in Mainz Cathedral.[1]

Siegfried III von Eppstein (died 9 March 1249) was Archbishop of Mainz from 1230 to 1249. He in 1244 granted freedom to the citizens of Mainz, who subsequently could run their affairs more independently though their own council;[2][3] in law it remained an episcopal city.[4]

He acted as regent for Conrad IV of Germany, while Emperor Frederick II was campaigning in Italy, 1237 to 1242.[5] He was, though, a supporter of Pope Innocent IV.[6]

He held a major synod in 1239.[7]

He added Lorsch Abbey to the archbishopric.[8]


  1. ^ Kathryn Brush, The tomb slab of archbishop Siegfried III von Eppstein in Mainz cathedral : a thirteenth-century image and its interpretative context in: Grabmäler. Tendenzen der Forschung (2000) p. 33-50
  2. ^ John M. Jeep, Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia (2001), p. 486.
  3. ^ Mainz
  4. ^ André Vauchez, Richard Barrie Dobson, Michael Lapidge, Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (2000), p. 892.
  5. ^ The New Cambridge Medieval History V, p. 399.
  6. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  7. ^ Paul B. Pixton, The German Episcopacy and the Implementation of the Decrees of the Fourth (1995), p. 418.

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Preceded by
Siegfried II
Archbishop of Mainz
Succeeded by
Christian II