Bishop of Regensburg
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Bishop of Regensburg
Bishop of Regensburg
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The Bishops of Regensburg (Ratisbon) are bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany.[1][2] The seat of the bishops is Regensburg Cathedral.


The diocese was founded in 739. The bishops were Princes of the Holy Roman Empire, ruling a territory known as the Prince-Bishopric of Regensburg. They were not among the most powerful Prince-Bishops, due to the existence of other reichsfrei authorities in Regensburg[3] that prevented them from consolidating a major territorial base.

With the dissolution of the Archbishopric of Mainz on that territory's annexation by France in 1802, the Bishopric of Regensburg was elevated to the Archbishopric of Regensburg. It was part of the Principality of Regensburg, ruled by the Prince-Primate Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg. The end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 and its aftermath saw the end of the territorial claim of the bishops. With the death of Dalberg in 1817, the archdiocese was downgraded to being a suffragan of the Archbishops of Munich and Freising.

Before 739

Itinerant bishops before the foundation of the diocese:

After the foundation of the diocese

Bishops since the foundation of the diocese of Regensburg in 739:

  • Gaubald (739-761)
  • Sigerich (762-768)
  • Simpert or Sindbert (768-791)
  • Adalwin (791-816)
  • Baturich (817-847)
  • Erchanfried (847-864)
  • Ambricho (864-891)
  • Aspert (891-893)
  • Tuto (893-930)
  • Isangrim (930-941)
  • Gunther (941)
  • Michael (941-972)
  • Saint Wolfgang (972-994)
  • Gebhard I of Swabia (995-1023)
  • Gebhard II of Hohenwart (1023-1036)
  • Gebhard III of Hohenlohe (1036-1060)
  • Otto of Riedenburg (1061-1089)
  • Gebhard IV of Gosham (1089-1105)
  • Hartwig I of Spanheim (1105-1126)
  • Konrad I (1126-1132)

Prince-Bishops of Regensburg

Archbishop of Regensburg

Bishops of Regensburg

Auxiliary bishops


  1. ^ "Diocese of Regensburg" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Regensburg" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ the town of Regensburg itself, which was a Reichsstadt, and the three Reichsabteien of St. Emmeram's Abbey, the Niedermünster and the Obermünster
  4. ^ son of Frederick IV, Burgrave of Nuremberg
  5. ^ Regiomontanus was named bishop of Regensburg (or at least promised the title) shortly before his death on 6 July 1476 as part of the rewards promised to him by Sixtus IV. Rudolf Schmidt, Regiomontanus, Johann in: Deutsche Buchhändler. Deutsche Buchdrucker vol. 5 (1908), 797f. Reported by Paul Jovius (Giovio; 1483-1552), Ab hac commendatione eruditi nominis creatus est a Xysto Quarto Ratisponensis Episcopus (cited by Pierre Gassendi). Hagen, J. (1911) in The Catholic Encyclopedia (s.v. Johann Müller) opines that the report by Jovius "is not improbable, since by this dignitary title the pope could give more force to his invitation. Yet it seems certain that Müller never occupied the episcopal chair."
  6. ^ "Bishop Ulrich Aumayer (Aumair), O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 27, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Johann Ludwig von Windsheim, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 27, 2016

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