Lothar Franz von Schönborn: Bishop of Bamberg and Elector of Mainz, 1655–1695

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The life and ambitions of Lothar Franz von Schönborn become intelligible if one considers the history and ambitions of his immediate forebears. At the time of Lothar Franz’s birth in 1655, his uncle John Philip had been a sovereign prince of the Empire for a mere thirteen years, having been elected bishop of Würzburg in 1642 and elector of Mainz in 1647. Thus the Schönborns, with at least four centuries as landowners in the Westerwald and the Lahn valley in their past, were newcomers to the ranks of the reigning princes. The so-called golden century of the family, which had begun with the election of John Philip at Würzburg reached its center — and perhaps its high point — with the activities of Lothar Franz before the War of the Spanish Succession and ended at Würzburg in the mid-eighteenth century with the death of Friedrich Karl, the nephew of Lothar Franz.1


Seventeenth Century Territorial State Electoral Household Imperial Court Noble Family 
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