Bishopric of Havelberg

Bishopric of Havelberg

Bistum Havelberg
1151–1598
Coat of arms of Havelberg
Coat of arms
Lower Saxon Prince-bishoprics of Hildesheim, Halberstadt, Magdeburg and Havelberg (violet), about 1250
Lower Saxon Prince-bishoprics of Hildesheim, Halberstadt, Magdeburg and Havelberg (violet), about 1250
StatusPrince-Bishopric
CapitalHavelberg
Wittstock (from about 1325)
Common languagesBrandenburgisch, Polabian
GovernmentPrince-Bishopric
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Diocese founded by King Otto I
948
1151
• Transformed into collegiate church
1506
1571
• Annexed by Brandenburg
1598
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Northern March
Margraviate of Brandenburg

The Bishopric of Havelberg (German: Bistum Havelberg) was a Roman Catholic diocese founded by King Otto I of Germany in 946, from 968 a suffragan to the Archbishops of Magedeburg. A Prince-bishopric (Hochstift) from 1151, Havelberg as a result of the Protestant Reformation was secularised and finally annexed by the margraves of Brandenburg in 1598.

Geography

The episcopal seat was in Havelberg near the confluence of the Elbe and Havel rivers. The bishopric roughly covered the western Prignitz region, between the Altmark in the west and the Brandenburgian core territory in the east. While the episcopal territory was supervised by nine Archdeacons (Pröpste), the bishop's—considerably smaller—secular estates were subdivided into four Ämter: