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Archbishop Friedrich III. von Saarwerden

Period of office 1370-1414

Friedrich von Saarwerden, who had studied in Bologna, became Archbishop in Cologne at age 22. In a short time he was able to redeem the property of the Cologne church which had been mortgaged by his predecessor. In 1380 he was excommunicated for nonpayment of 130,000 guilders that he had promised the Curia when appointed. But he continued in office. In the great schism of 1378 he sided with Pope Urban VI, who forgave his debt to the Curia. In 1388, during Friedrich's time in office, the first state university in Germany was founded in Cologne.

 

Resting place: Cologne Cathedral, Chapel of Mary, high grave

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