John of Neumarkt
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John of Neumarkt
John of Neumarkt

John of Neumarkt also Johannes von Neumarkt (Latin: Ioannes de Novo Foro, Czech: Jan ze St?edy; 1310 in Neumarkt - 24 December 1380 in Mod?ice, Moravia) was Chancellor of Emperor Charles IV, appointed Bishop of Naumburg, Bishop of Litomy?l, Bishop of Olomouc and elected Bishop of Wroclaw. He was also known by his humanistic works.


His bourgeois parents were Nicholas and Margaret. His brother Mathias was a Cistercian monk and Auxiliary Bishop of Litomy?l and later of Wroclaw. An older sister was married to Rudolf Richter in Vysoké Mýto (German: Hohenmauth). Their son 1394 was Dean of the Charles University.

John studied probably in Italy. Its promoters were Nikolaus von Pannwitz, curator of the Wroc?aw Cathedral Chapter, and Wolfram von Pannwitz, Viscount of Glatz. For 1340 John is as a notary of Zi?bice Duke Bolko II. Proved. Presumably as a sinecure he received the parish Neumarkt, which he was allowed to keep with the permission of the Wroclaw Bishop Preczlaw of Pogarell even after he entered the service of the Bohemian Royal Chancery 1347th 1350 he received a canonry in Olomouc and in 1351 those in Breslau and Großglogau.

Appointed bishop of Naumburg

1352 chose the Limburg cathedral chapter without the consent of Pope Clement VI. Rudolf von Nebra the new bishop. The pope responded with the appointment of John and was applicable as of the Bishop of Litomy?l, he led the Franciscans Burchard Graf von Mansfeld as a rival candidate to Rudolf von Nebra. The conflict in Naumburg lasted until 1358 and was investigated by the Cardinal Guy de Boulogne.[1]

Bishop of Litomy?l

On 9 October 1353 John was appointed bishop of Litomy?l. The ordination took place early 1354. He mostly stayed as court chancellor of Emperor Charles IV. In Prague, he was represented in Litomy?l by the Official Nikolaus of Pelh?imov and by his brother Mathias, who served there as auxiliary bishop. At his own expense Johannes was in Leitomischl an Augustinian monastery building.

Bishop of Olomouc

With the support of Charles IV. John of Neumarkt was appointed on 28 August 1364 by Pope Urban V. Bishop of Olomouc, as the existing incumbents Jan O?ko of Vla?im had risen to the Archbishop of Prague. A year later he received the title regalis capellae Bohemiae comes ("Count of the Bohemian royal chapel"), the honor and the right were connected, in the presence of other bishops - to crown the King of Bohemia and his on other occasions - with the exception of the archbishop of Prague put on the crown.

Also in Olomouc, John held only rarely and was represented by vicars general. There were the Brno Provost Nikolaus, Friedrich von Wolfram churches and the Olomouc Provost Jakob von Kaplitz. In 1367 John confirmed the statutes of the chapter of Kromí? and in 1371 the establishment of the Augustinian monastery in ?ternberk by his friend Albrecht of Sternberg. Only after John was like the emperor in 1373 from grace, he resided in his diocese, where he stayed for his part to comply with the residence obligation of the clergy. In 1380 he held synod in Kromí? where he ordered the celebration of the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Saints Christina and Cordula. Because of a financial dispute occurred after the death of Emperor Charles between John and the Moravian Margrave Jobst and Prokop clashes, were forced to leave as a consequence of 1378 John and his chapter Olomouc. The conflict could only be resolved in 1380 by the Prague archbishop Jan of Jen?tejn.

Elected bishop of Wroclaw

Well because of Olomouc disputes aimed Johannes 1380 to a change of Olomouc in his home diocese Breslau. Even after the death of the Wroclaw Bishop Preczlaw of Pogarell (1376) John of Neumarkt was the preferred candidate of the Emperor Charles IV and Pope Gregory XI. Nevertheless, cathedral chapter chose the dean Dietrich of Klatovy, who was in 1378 confirmed in this office by the Avignon Pope Clement VII. In a repeat ballot in 1380 John of Neumarkt was elected as the Bishop of Breslau, but died before the papal confirmation would have reached him.

In imperial service

Johannes von Neumarkt held the office of a notary at the Bohemian King John of Luxembourg and is since 1351 detectable as chancellor of the Bohemian queen Anna. 1352 he was appointed prothonotary and, succeeding Jan O?ko of Vla?im as chancellor of Emperor Charles IV.[2] In this position he was in February 1354 in Metz and in the autumn in France. 1355 he accompanied Charles IV. For imperial coronation in Rome and traveled to Nuremberg Christmas, where he participated in the Reichstag and was at the court day at the announcement of the Golden Bull in attendance on 10 January 1356. he was late 1356 again in Metz, 1357 in Aachen and in Vienna, in 1359 in Wroclaw. 1364 he took part in the negotiations between the Emperor Charles IV. and the Habsburgs.

In 1373 John lost the favor of the Emperor nd lost the chancellorship. After his release he went to his diocese of Olomouc. Citing twenty-six years of loyal service he tried in vain to regain his former position.

Humanist and writer

Detail of the "Liber viaticus" - Adoration of the Magi

John of Neumarkt had an excellent education. He was an early proponent of the Bohemian humanism. In his surroundings, the first circle of humanists of the north of the Alps was cultivated. Since 1350 he knew Cola di Rienzo and, since 1354 Francesco Petrarca, with whom he corresponded extensively.

Because of his literary career he worked with several writers in his cities of Mürau, Kremsier and Mödritz. In the imperial chancery, he introduced a new instrument style, were used in the quotations from Latin classics and of the Church Fathers. He wrote formularies in the best Latin and sample collections for letters, documents and other documents and translated himself the "Soliloquia" into German. End of the 1350s years he made his journey breviary "Liber viaticus", which was illustrated by the so-called Master of the Liber viaticus. These illustrations are among the best of that time. Also German and Latin poems and prayers have received from him. Already in 1356 he bequeathed his books bequeathed to the Augustinian monastery of St. Thomas in Prague.

John maintained an orchestra, for secular celebrations designed, and strove for good education in schools. He put great care on the liturgy, which he unified in 1376 for the entire diocese.

John of Neumarkt was long regarded as identical with John of Hohenmauth. Recent research, however, assume two different persons.


  • Cancellaria Joannis Noviforensis episcopi Olomucensis
  • Summa cancellariae Caroli IV.
  • Collectarius perpetuarum formarum
  • Rubrica ecclesiae Olomucensis iuxta consuetudinem antiquam
  • Buch der Liebkosung
  • Das Leben des heiligen Hieronymus


  • Hans Jürgen Rieckenberg (1974), "Johann von Neumarkt", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 10, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 563-564; (full text online)
  • Alfons Huber (1881), "Johann von Neumarkt", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 14, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 468-469
  • Jan Bist?ický: Johann von Neumarkt (um 1310-1380). In: Erwin Gatz: Die Bischöfe des Heiligen Römischen Reiches 1198 bis 1448., ISBN 3-428-10303-3, S. 512-513
  • Roland Böhm (1992). "Johann von Neumarkt". In Bautz, Friedrich Wilhelm (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 3. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 165-168. ISBN 3-88309-035-2.


  1. ^ Heinz Wießner: Das Bistum Naumburg 1 - Die Diözese 2.
  2. ^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1909). "Germany" . Catholic Encyclopedia. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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