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Jakob von Baden

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Jakob von Baden
Archbishop of Trier
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseElectorate of Trier
In office1503–1511
Personal details
Born6 June 1471
Died26 April 1511

Jakob von Baden (English: James of Baden) (1471–1511) was the Archbishop-Elector of Trier from 1503 to 1511.


Jakob von Baden was born at the Burg Hohenbaden in Baden-Baden on June 6, 1471, the second child and eldest son of Christopher I, Margrave of Baden-Baden and his wife Ottilie of Katzenelnbogen. He studied Christian theology at the University of Bologna and the Sapienza University of Rome.

In 1490, Jakob von Baden became provost of St. Paulinus' Church in Trier; he became Domizellar the next year. In 1497, he became a member of the cathedral chapter of Mainz Cathedral, and in 1498, a member of the cathedral chapter of Augsburg Cathedral.

In 1500, Jakob von Baden's uncle, John II of Baden, Archbishop of Trier, had Jakob named his coadjutor archbishop, with the understanding that Jakob von Baden would succeed Johann von Baden as archbishop. Pope Alexander VI approved this arrangement on September 11, 1500. Upon his uncle's death on February 9, 1503, Jakob von Baden became Archbishop of Trier. He was consecrated as a bishop in January 1504. During his time as archbishop, he reorganized the finances of the Archbishopric of Trier, supported the new University of Trier, and served as chair for several imperial mediations.

He died on April 27, 1511 in Cologne. He was buried in the collegiate church of Saint Florian in Koblenz. On June 25, 1808, he was disinterred and his remains transferred to the family crypt of the House of Baden.



Jacob of Baden
Born: 6 June 1471 in Hohenbaden castle in Baden-Baden Died: 27 April 1511 in Cologne
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Preceded by
John II of Baden
Archbishop-Elector of Trier
as James II

Succeeded by
Richard von Greiffenklau zu Vollrads
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