Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Das Bistum Würzburg, 7: Die Würzburger Bischöfe Von 1617 Bis 1684

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Das Bistum Würzburg, 7: Die Würzburger Bischöfe Von 1617 Bis 1684

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Das Bistum Würzburg, 7: Die Würzburger Bischöfe von 1617 bis 1684. Edited by Winfried Romberg. [Germania Sacra: Die Kirche des Alten Reiches und ihre Institutionen: Dritte Folge 4: Die Bistümer der Kirchenprovinz Mainz.] (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 2011. Pp. xiv, 599. $2 10.00. ISBN 978-3-11-025183-8.)

This volume, about the bishops of Würzburg in the seventeenth century, is the latest in a venerable series that has been published since the early 1900s. This volume thoroughly addresses the goal of this project, which is to provide scholars of local and regional history with a careful presentation of the sources and basic information about the history of German dioceses. This volume, like all the recent volumes, contains a detailed bibliography of both archival and secondary sources. Würzburg in the early-modern period was one of the largest and most important German prince-bishoprics, and the quantity of material gathered in this volume shows that there is much more research that could be done here.

The volume is structured around the episcopacies of the bishops of Würzburg. Each bishop receives a section, whether he served for thirty years or two years, a structure that sometimes seems a bit artificial. Each section follows a similar pattern, describing the person of the bishop as well as his foreign policy, administrative work, and religious policy and developments. These sections are quite catalog-like, presenting various events, laws, regulations, and the like as they appear in the sources. …

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