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Klesl, Melchior
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(Feb 19, 1552, Vienna, Austria – Sep 18, 1630, Wiener Neustadt, Austria), was reared a Protestant and converted to Catholicism under the influence of the Jesuits. He was cathedral provost and chancellor of the university in Vienna (1579), Passau official for Lower Austria (1580), administrator of the diocese of Wiener Neustadt (1588–1630), bishop of Vienna (1598/1602–1630), and cardinal (1615). From 1590, he was active under Emperor Rudolph II in the Counter-Reformation, and joine…

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Decot, Rolf, “Klesl, Melchior”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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