|Conrad von Bibra
Prince Bishop of Würzburg
Duke in Franconia
Oil Painting of Conrad at Marienburg
Apparently 18th Century Painting
|Two photos of another Oil Painting of
Conrad at Marienburg
Born in 1490, he studied at the universities of Cologne, Bologna, Erfurt and Ingolstadt. His whole life Conrad seemed
to have had a hard time making up his mind about being a priest. Three times between 1520 and 1532 he entered a
priestly position and then resigned. In 1525 during the Peasant Rebellion, Conrad was among the defenders of the
fortress Marienberg at Würzburg which was under siege. Afterwards he served on the commission determining
Münster in Würzburg. Already on July 1, 1540, he was surprisingly elected Prince Bishop. Afterwards he showed an
independent even uncooperative attitude. Seven times he put off his ordination as a priest and bishop. Also despite
the Kaiser's admonitions, he gave excuses and refused to personally attend meetings of the Reichstag.
In 1542 when the plague broke out in Würzburg, he moved his court to Aschach and Neustadt. In August of 1544
after reigning only four years he died which apparently solved the problem of his never having completed his
ordination vows or formal installation as bishop.
He left behind two natural children named Conrad and Katherine Biber. Katherine married a Christoph Kretzen.
Kretzen later murdered the next prince bishop, Melchior Zobel on behalf of his employer Grumbach. The spot is
marked next to the All Saints Bridge in Würzburg on the fortress side.
Not everyone can be a hero.