Henry I (archbishop of Mainz)

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Henry (Heinrich; c. 1080; died 1 or 3 September 1153 in Einbeck) was archbishop of Mainz from 1142 to 1153.

Henry I
Archbishop of Mainz
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseElectorate of Mainz
In office1142–1153
Personal details
Bornc. 1080
Died1/3 September 1153

In his early years as archbishop he was assisted by Anselm of Havelberg.[1] He supported Friedrich von Staufen as successor to Konrad III of Germany.[2]

At the time of the Second Crusade, he tried to prevent a repetition of the 1096 violence against the Jews of Mainz. He called in Bernard of Clairvaux, to counter inflammatory preaching by a monk, Radulphe.[3] He took part in the Wendish Crusade of 1147.

He was a supporter and correspondent of Hildegard of Bingen.[4][5] He consecrated the church of her convent at Rupertsberg in 1152.[6] He has been portrayed showing her works to Pope Eugene III and Bernard of Clairvaux.[7]

He was archchancellor of Germany, ex officio, but also of Burgundy at the end of his life.[8]


  1. ^ Jay Terry Lees, Anselm of Havelberg: Deeds Into Words in the Twelfth Century (1998), p. 60.
  2. ^ Cawley, Charles, GERMANY, Kings, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ St. Bernard of Clairvaux
  4. ^ History: Woman under monasticism: chapters on saint-lore and convent life between A.D. 500 and A.D. 1500: Browse Text
  5. ^ Keith C. Sidwell, Reading Medieval Latin (1995), p. 286.
  6. ^ The Rupertsberg
  7. ^ St. Rochus' Chapel near Bingen
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
Archbishop of Mainz
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