Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg

Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg
Fürstbistum Augsburg
c. 888–1803
Coat of arms of Augsburg
Coat of arms
Augsburg territory (blue) in 1648
Augsburg territory (blue) in 1648
(State of the Holy Roman Empire)
GovernmentElective principality
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Bishopric established
4th century
c. 888
• City of Augsburg gained Imperial immediacy as a Free Imperial City
• City joined Schmalkaldic League
• Occupied by Sweden
25 February 1803
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Duchy of Swabia
Electorate of Bavaria

The Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg (German: Fürstbistum Augsburg; Hochstift Augsburg) was one of the prince-bishoprics of the Holy Roman Empire, and belonged to the Swabian Circle. It should not be confused with the larger diocese of Augsburg, over which the prince-bishop exercised only spiritual authority.

The city of Augsburg proper, after it gained free imperial status, was a separate entity and constitutionally and politically independent of the prince-bishopric of the same name. The prince-bishopric covered some 2365 km2 and had approximately 100,000 inhabitants at the time it was annexed to Bavaria in the course of the German mediatization.[1]

  1. ^ Gerhard Köbler, Historisches Lexikon der Deutschen Länder: die deutschen Territorien vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart, 2007 revised edition, p. 31.

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