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Echter of Mespelbrunn, Julius
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(Mar 18, 1545, Mespelbrunn – Sep 13, 1617, Würzburg), prince-bishop of Würzburg. After his studies and a church career, Echter became dean of the cathedral (1570) and bishop (1573) in Würzburg. At first, he devoted himself to the organization and centralization of the territory, founding the Julius Hospital (1576–79) and the University of Würzburg (1582), to become active in reform and anti-Reformation from 1585 on. Echter renewed piety and monastic life, re-catholicized the bisho…

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Echter of Mespelbrunn, Julius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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