Jan van Virneburg

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Jan van Virneburg
Bishop of Utrecht
Church Catholic Church
Diocese Archdiocese of Utrecht
In office 1364–1371
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Died 23 June 1371

Jan (or John) van Virneburg (died 23 June 1371) was a bishop of Münster from 1363 to 1364, and bishop of Utrecht from 1364 to 1371.

A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight.

Jan van Virneburg was transferred from Münster to Utrecht by pope Urban V after the transfer of bishop Jan van Arkel from Utrecht to Liege. His rule was not a success. Already during the vacancy before his consecration, the chapters and the city of Utrecht united to codify their rights in the so-called Overdrachte. Because of this, Jan was a weak leader, forced to follow the politics of the states. He did not succeed in continuing the strong rule his predecessor had had. During the war against Albert I, Count of Holland he suffered multiple defeats, and he was captured during an expedition to Twente. In order to pay his ransom he was forced to lease the Oversticht and Vollenhove.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John of Arkel
Prince-Bishop of Utrecht
Succeeded by
Arnold II of Horne
Preceded by
Adolphus of the Marck
Prince-bishop of Münster
as John I
Succeeded by
Florence of Wevelinkhoven

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