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Wlliam of Gennep (German: Wilhelm von Gennep) (? - 1362) was the Archbishop of Cologne from 1349 until 1362.

Early lifeEdit

William's origins are unknown, although he originated from the region surrounding Maastricht. He became the most important advisor of the previous Archbishop Walram of Jülich.

Archbishop of CologneEdit

William was elected, against the will of King Charles IV of Luxembourg, the Archbishop of Cologne in 1349. It was mainly through the support of France and Brabant that he could gain confirmation from Pope Clement VI. William consolidated the finances of the archbishopric early in his reign, built many cathedrals in Cologne and the archdiocese, and began a successful foreign policy in which good relations were achieved with France, England, and the powers of northwestern Germany. The most important aspect of his reign was the Golden Bull of 1356 in which he ensured the Archbishops would always have the right to vote in the election of the German kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

William died on 15 September 1362 and was buried in a lavish grave in a cathedral he established in Cologne.



Preceded by:

William of Gennep

Succeeded by:

Walram of Jülich Archbishop of Cologne
1349 - 1362
Adolph II of the Marck

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