Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau and Salome Alt- A love story

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Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau became archbishop of Salzburg at the young age of 28. Shortly after his arrival in Salzburg, he fell in love with a beautiful merchant´s daughter, named Salome Alt. They wanted to marry but their appeal for an dispensation by the pontifex, which would allow the archbishop to marry legally despite his profession, was refused.  Nevertheless, they lived together for over 22 years. To keep their relationship a secret, the archbishop built the palace Mirabell, back than called Altenau. Today the palace is situated in the centre of Salzburg, but in the 17th century it was situated on the edge of the mediaeval city. The archbishop and his mistress had 16 children, of only little is known today. Only 10 children survived their infancy,  two of their sons married and further two followed their father´s profession and became clergymen.  Salome Alt was never an ordinary mistress as she was always the only woman in the bishop´s live. Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau died after political conflicts in the dungeons of his former fortress Hohensalzburg. Salome had to flee with their children to a cousin in Upper Austria. She died there at the old age of 94.

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The names of the children (all were born in the beginning of the 17 century), which are known, are:

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Hannibal

Helena

Euphemia

Maria Salome

Eusebia

Cäcilie

Anton

Wolf Dietrich

Viktor

Johann Georg Eberhard

Susanna

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Sources:
http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Wolf-Dietrich_von_Raitenau_P1380516.JPG&filetimestamp=20071008131032
http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Salome_Alt.jpg&filetimestamp=20060223125631

The archbishops of Salzburg

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The city Salzburg is since the 7 century a diocesan town. The bishops and later archbishops were the clerical and secular rulers of the area. They built the city and often redesigned it.

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As a name nerd, I had to look up the names of the bishops. And here are to most unusual and interesting ones:

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Rupert

Vitalis

Virgil

Arno

Liupram

Thiemo

Pilgrim

Konrad

Weichart

Bernhard

Leonhard

Matthäus

Ernst

Wolf Dietrich

Markus Sittikus

Paris

Maximilian Gandolph

Franz Anton

Hieronymus

Leopold

Augustin Johann

Balthasar

Ignaz

Eduard

Alois

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