Prince-Bishopric of Liège

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Prince-Bishopric of Liège

Principauté de Liége (fr)
Prinsbisdom Luik (nl)
Fürstbistum Lüttich (de)
Principåté d' Lidje (wa)
980–1795
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The Prince-Bishopric of Liège around 1350.
The Prince-Bishopric of Liège around 1350.
StatusEcclesiastic state of the Holy Roman Empire
CapitalLiège
Common languagesFrench, Dutch, German, Walloon
Religion
Roman Catholicism
GovernmentPrincipality
Prince-Bishop 
• 340s–384
Saint Servatius (first bishop, at Maastricht)
• approximately 670-700
Saint Lambert (at Maastricht)
• 972–1008
Notger (first prince-bishop)
• 1792–94
François-Antoine-Marie de Méan (last)
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Creation of diocese
340s
• Secular powers obtained
980

1096
• Annexed Cty Loon
1366
• Acquired Cty Horne
1568
1789–95
1795
• Concordat accepts
    disparition of Bishopric

10 September 1801
Succeeded by
French First Republic
Today part of Belgium
 France
 Germany
 Netherlands

The Bishopric of Liège or Prince-Bishopric of Liège was a state of the Holy Roman Empire in the Low Countries in present Belgium. It got its status as a prince-bishopric between 980 and 985. Bishop Notger became Prince-Bishop after he received secular control of the County of Huy from the emperor .

The Prince-Bishopric belonged from 1500 on to the Lower Rhenish-Westphalian Circle. It was headed by the Prince-Bishop of Liège. Its land included most of the present Belgian provinces of Liège and Limburg, and some exclaves in other parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. The capital was Liège. It was added into France in 1795.

Coordinates: 50°40′N 5°30′E / 50.667°N 5.500°E / 50.667; 5.500