Neytard von Thüngen

Engraving of Neytard von Thüngen by Johann Salver.

Neytard von Thüngen (1545–1598) was the Prince-Bishop of Bamberg from 1591 to 1598.


Neytard von Thüngen was born in Wüstensachsen (today a district of Ehrenberg, Hesse) on May 1, 1545.[1]

He was elected Prince-Bishop of Bamberg on December 14, 1591, and Pope Clement VIII confirmed his appointment on June 6, 1593.[1] He was ordained as a priest in 1596.[1] Johann Ertlin, auxiliary bishop of Bamberg, consecrated him as a bishop on November 11, 1597.[1]

He was a leading proponent of the Counter-Reformation.[2] The witch-hunt in Bamberg began while he was prince-bishop.[2]

He died in Würzburg on December 26, 1598, and is buried in Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg.[2]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ernst von Mengersdorf
Prince-Bishop of Bamberg
Succeeded by
Johann Philipp von Gebsattel
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