Konrad von Hochstaden was Archbishop of Cologne from 1238 to 1261. Konrad was a son of Count Lothar of Hochstadt, canon of St. Maria ad Gradus and of the old Cologne Cathedral and his date of birth is unknown, and nothing is known of his early youth. In 1216 he became incumbent of the parish of Wevelinghoven near Düsseldorf, in 1226 he was canon and, some years later, after the death of Heinrich von Müllenark the cathedral chapter elected Konrad Archbishop of Cologne. He received the insignia from the Emperor Frederick II at Brescia in August of the same year. The following year, on 28 October, he was ordained priest and consecrated archbishop by Ludolf von Holte, Konrad was generally victorious, but his often treacherous manner of warfare has left many dark spots on his reputation. In recognition of services, Pope Innocent made him Apostolic legate in Germany. The clergy and laity of Mainz desired to have the powerful Konrad of Cologne as their new archbishop, at the same time began Konrads estrangement from King William, which finally led to open rebellion. After the death of King William, Konrad played an important role in the election of the new king and he sold his vote for a large sum to Richard of Cornwall, brother of Henry III of England, and crowned him at Aachen on 17 May 1257. This was the last important act of Konrad and he died on 28 September 1261 and is buried in the cathedral of Cologne, of which he laid the cornerstone on 15 August 1248
Konrad von Hochstaden
Konrad von Hochstaden at the tower of Cologne City Hall standing atop an autofellatio-performing grotesque.