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Erthal, Franz Ludwig von
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(Sep 16, 1730, Lohr – Feb 14, 1795, Würzburg) was the pro-reform prince-bishop of Würzburg and Bamberg. Under the bishop of Würzburg, Adam Friedrich v. Seinsheim, he became president of the secular administration of the diocese in 1763. In 1767 Joseph II called him to visit the Imperial Supreme Court in Wetzlar and in 1775 the continuing Reichstag at Regensburg. On Mar 18 and Apr 12, 1779, the cathedral chapters of Würzburg and Bamberg, respectively, elected him prince-bishop. He guided his diocese with an enlightened sp…

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Decot, Rolf, “Erthal, Franz Ludwig von”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04572>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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