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Adolphus von Dalberg, Prince-Abbot of Fulda 1726–1737

In the Holy Roman Empire, a prince-abbot (German: Fürstabt) was the cleric who headed a princely abbey. The prince-abbot had a seat and an individual vote (votum virile) in the Imperial Diet alongside the prince-bishops. They ranked higher than the imperial abbots and imperial abbesses who although they were also immediate, held only two collective votes in the Diet.

Actual prince-abbots were:

See also


  1. ^ Heiler, Thomas. "Fulda, Fürstabtei: Politische Geschichte (Spätmittelalter)". Historisches Lexikon Bayerns. Retrieved January 25, 2024.