Rudolph I, Bishop of Schwerin
|Rudolph I, Bishop of Schwerin|
|Native name||Rudolf I.|
|Successor||Herman I of Schladen|
Rudolph I is primarily known for his disputes with Duke Pribislaw I of Mecklenburg. To protect his seat in Bützow, he built a castle close to the border between his prince-bishopric and the Lordship of Parchim-Richenberg, in ecclesiastical respect part of his diocese, but not of his prince-bishopric. Pribislaw I saw this castle as a direct threat and burned it down. He imprisoned Rudolph in his dungeon, but soon released him for a small ransom.
Rudolph then tried to overthrow Pribislaw. On his instigation, both an imperial ban and a papal ban were proclaimed against Pribislaw. In 1255, Pribislaw was taken prisoner and handed over to Rudolph. Pribislaw was removed from power and his territory was divided among his brothers and his brother-in-law, the Count of Schwerin. When Rudolph died in 1262, Pribislaw hoped he would be restored to power, but his brothers refused to do this.
- Krause (1889), "Rudolf I.", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 29, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 561–562
- Oliver Auge (2005), "Rudolf I.", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 22, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 188
Rudolph I, Bishop of SchwerinDied: 1262
|Catholic Church titles|
|Prince-Bishop of Schwerin
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