Francis Louis of Palatinate-Neuburg

Francis Louis of Palatinate-Neuburg (Franz Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg; 18 July 1664 – 6 April 1732) was bishop and archbishop of several dioceses, prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire, and Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.

Francis Louis of Palatinate-Neuburg
Archbishop of Mainz
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseElectorate of Mainz
In office1729–1732
Personal details
Born18 July 1664
Died6 April 1732


CoA of Pfalz.

He was born in Neuburg an der Donau as son of Philip William, Elector Palatine and Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt.

In 1683, he became Prince-Bishop of Breslau (Wrocław) after the death of his brother Wolfgang Georg, who should have held this office.

In 1694, he assumed the additional offices of Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order and Prince-Bishop of Worms. 1716, he became Archbishop-Elector of Trier. During his regency in Trier, he reorganized the jurisdiction in the diocese and advanced the renovation of the Roman Moselle bridge and the cathedral. He became Archbishop-Elector of Mainz in 1729, giving up the position in Trier as the Pope had prohibited a merging of the two Archbishoprics. In Mainz, Franz Ludwig also started some administrative and judicial reforms as well as the construction of the Deutschhaus.

Franz Ludwig died in Breslau (Wrocław) and is buried there in a specially built chapel in Wrocław Cathedral.



External linksEdit

  • Josef Johannes Schmid (1999). "Pfalz-Neuburg, Franz Ludwig von". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 16. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 1231–1237. ISBN 3-88309-079-4.
Francis Louis of Palatinate-Neuburg
Born: 18 July 1664 in Neuburg upon Danube Died: 6 April 1732 in Breslau (Wrocław)
German royalty
Catholic Church titles
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Karl von Liechtenstein
Prince-Bishop of Breslau
Succeeded by
Philipp Ludwig von Sinzendorf
Preceded by
Ludwig Anton von Pfalz-Neuburg
Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Succeeded by
Clemens August of Bavaria
Prince-Bishop of Worms
Succeeded by
Franz Georg von Schönborn-Buchheim
Prince-Provost of Ellwangen
Preceded by
Charles Joseph of Lorraine
Archbishop-Elector of Trier
and Prince-Abbot of Prüm

Preceded by
Lothar Franz von Schönborn
Archbishop-Elector of Mainz
Succeeded by
Philipp Karl von Eltz-Kempenich