Ancient Diocese of Toul

Bishopric of Toul
Fürstbistum Tull (de)
Principauté épiscopale de Toul (fr)
State of the Holy Roman Empire

Coat of arms

The Three Bishoprics of Verdun, Metz and Toul
Capital Toul
Government Theocracy
Historical era Middle Ages
  Bishopric established 365
   Acquired territory 1048
   Three Bishoprics
    annexed by France
1552 1552
  Treaty of Westphalia
    recognises annexation
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Duchy of Lorraine
Early modern France

The Diocese of Toul was a Roman Catholic diocese seated at Toul in present-day France. It existed from 365 until 1824. From 1048 until 1552 (de jure until 1648), it was also a state of the Holy Roman Empire.


The diocese was located at the western edge of the Holy Roman Empire; it was bordered by France, the Duchy of Bar, and the Duchy of Lorraine. It was annexed to France by King Henry II in 1552, and that was recognized by the Holy Roman Empire in the Peace of Westphalia of 1648. It then was part of the province of the Three Bishoprics.

After the Duchy of Lorraine also became part of France in the 18th century, the Diocese of Toul was merged with the Diocese of Nancy into the Diocese of Nancy-Toul.

The Diocese of Toul belonged to the ecclesiastical province of the Archbishop of Trier.


To 1000


1000 to 1300

1300 to 1500

From 1500

Nicholas Francis, cardinal, duke of Lorraine


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