Otto II

Male 955 - 983  (28 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Otto II was born 955 (son of Otto I "The Great" and St. Adelaide Of BURGUNDY); died 07 Dec 983, Rome.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Between 973 and 983, Emperor of the West/King of Germany
    • Fact: 973, King Of Italy

    Otto married Theophano Skleros Of BYZANTIUM 14 Apr 972, Rome. Theophano was born 956/958; died 15 Sep 991, Nymwagen. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Otto III Holy Roman EMPEROR
    2. Matilda Of SAXONY was born 978/981; died 04 Nov 1025, Esch, Sauer.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Otto I "The Great" was born 23 Nov 912 (son of Henry I "the Fowler" and Mathilda Of RINGLEHEIM); died 07 May 973, Memleben.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Between 939 and 973, King Of Germany
    • Fact: 951, King Of Italy
    • Fact: Between 962 and 973, Emperor of the West

    Otto — St. Adelaide Of BURGUNDY. St. (daughter of Rudolph II King Of Burgundy And ITALY and Bertha Of SWABIA) was born 932; died 17 Dec 999, Alsace. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  St. Adelaide Of BURGUNDY was born 932 (daughter of Rudolph II King Of Burgundy And ITALY and Bertha Of SWABIA); died 17 Dec 999, Alsace.

    Other Events:

    • Also Known As: Adelaide of Italy

    Notes:

    Name:
    Adelaide's two marriages were the stuff of high drama. Betrothed at two, Adelaide married Lothair II, King of Italy, fourteen years later in 947. After three years of marriage, Lothair was poisoned on 22 November 950 by Berengar, a rival for the Italian crown. When Adelaide then refused to marry Berengar's son Adalbert, Berengar threw her into prison and treated her brutally. After four months in captivity, Adelaide managed to escape and make her way north to the castle of Canossa. From there she sent a plea for help to emperor Otto I of the Holy Roman Empire. Otto then led an army from Germany down to Italy, met Berengar in battle, defeated him, was crowned King of Italy, and then freed Adelaide and took her back to Germany. On 25 December 951, Otto married Adelaide.

    The marriage of Otto and Adelaide was a very happy one. they had four children and were very close. She was interested in affairs of state, and Otto often asked her for advice. After Otto defeated the Magyars at the battle of Lechfeld in 955, he became known as the deliverer of western Christendom, and Adelaide became the most prominent woman in Europe. Loved by Otto's people, she was a very popular queen.

    Besides helping Otto, Adelaide also assisted Christianity. She founded and restored convents and monasteries. She also worked for the conversion of the Slavic peoples, who were still pagans at the time.

    When Otto I died on 7 May 973, their son Otto II was eighteen years old and able to rule in his own right. Adelaide began to devote more of her energy to the church. She continued to give money to religious foundations, personally distributed food and clothing to the poor, and became interested in the monastic reform efforts centered at Cluny. She was so generous that Otto II at one point accused her of squandering the imperial treasury. Adelaide left the court, and two years would pass before Otto II reconciled with his other and she returned to the palace.

    The reconciliation was very timely, for when Otto II died on 7 December 983, his son and heir Otto III was just three years old. Adelaide became co-regent of the empire along with Otto III's mother Theophano, After conflict with Theophano, Adelaide once again left the court. Following Theophano's death in 991, she returned and ruled alone until Otto II became of age in 995.

    Having finally retired from political responsibilities, Adelaide now devoted herself entirely to religious causes. She continued to personally minister to the poor. She also made pilgrimages to several religious sites in France, Germany, and Italy.

    Shortly before her death, Adelaide retired to the convent of Saints Peter and Paul which she had founded at Selz in Alsace. she died there on 16 December 999. Her grave is at the convent, but several of her relics are in Hanover.

    Children:
    1. 1. Otto II was born 955; died 07 Dec 983, Rome.
    2. Liudolf Duke Of SWABIA was born 930; died 957.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Henry I "the Fowler" was born 876, Germany (son of Otto "the Illustrious" and Hedwige Of BAVARIA); died 02 Jul 936, Memleben, Saxony.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Duke of Saxony
    • Fact: Between 919 and 936, Emperor of the West
    • Fact: 912-936, King of the Saxons

    Henry married Mathilda Of RINGLEHEIM 909. Mathilda (daughter of Dietrich Count Of The Saxon HAMALANT and Reginhilde VON FRIESLAND) was born Between 890 and 900, Memleben, Saxony, Germany; died 14 Mar 968. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Mathilda Of RINGLEHEIM was born Between 890 and 900, Memleben, Saxony, Germany (daughter of Dietrich Count Of The Saxon HAMALANT and Reginhilde VON FRIESLAND); died 14 Mar 968.

    Notes:

    Notes from "Royalty for Commoners": Saint Mathilda founded several monasteries and was buried at her foundation of Quedinburg. She was canonized.

    Children:
    1. 2. Otto I "The Great" was born 23 Nov 912; died 07 May 973, Memleben.
    2. Hedwig Of SAXONY was born Abt 921; died 10 May 965.
    3. Gerberga Of SAXONY was born 913/914, Nordhausen, Saxony; died 05 May 984, Rheims, Marne, France.
    4. Henry I Of SAXONY

  3. 6.  Rudolph II King Of Burgundy And ITALY (son of Rudolph I King Of Upper BURGUNDY and Willa Of VIENNE); died 11 Jul 937.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Between 920 and 932, King of Burgundy and Italy

    Rudolph married Bertha Of SWABIA 922. Bertha (daughter of Burkhard II Duke Of SWABIA and Reginlint Of FRIULI) died 02 Jan 966. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Bertha Of SWABIA (daughter of Burkhard II Duke Of SWABIA and Reginlint Of FRIULI); died 02 Jan 966.
    Children:
    1. Conrad I was born Abt 925; died 19 Oct 993, Regensburg; was buried , Vienne.
    2. 3. St. Adelaide Of BURGUNDY was born 932; died 17 Dec 999, Alsace.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Otto "the Illustrious" was born Abt 836 (son of Ludolph and Oda BILLUNG); died 30 Nov 912.

    Other Events:

    • Also Known As: Duke of Saxony

    Otto married Hedwige Of BAVARIA 869. Hedwige (daughter of Arnulf King Of GERMANY and Oda Of BAVARIA) died 906. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Hedwige Of BAVARIA (daughter of Arnulf King Of GERMANY and Oda Of BAVARIA); died 906.
    Children:
    1. 4. Henry I "the Fowler" was born 876, Germany; died 02 Jul 936, Memleben, Saxony.

  3. 10.  Dietrich Count Of The Saxon HAMALANT was born Abt 872 (son of N.N. Of The THREKWITIGAU and MATHILDA); died 08 Dec 917.

    Dietrich married Reginhilde VON FRIESLAND 900. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Reginhilde VON FRIESLAND (daughter of Godefrid King Of HAITHABU and Gisela Of LORRAINE).
    Children:
    1. FREDERUNDA
    2. AMALRADA
    3. 5. Mathilda Of RINGLEHEIM was born Between 890 and 900, Memleben, Saxony, Germany; died 14 Mar 968.
    4. Lambert Count Of LOUVAIN

  5. 12.  Rudolph I King Of Upper BURGUNDY (son of Conrad II Count Of AUXERRE and WALDRADA); died 25 Oct 912.

    Rudolph married Willa Of VIENNE 888. Willa (daughter of Boso II Count Of VIENNE and Ermengarde) died 14 Jun 929. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Willa Of VIENNE (daughter of Boso II Count Of VIENNE and Ermengarde); died 14 Jun 929.
    Children:
    1. Waldrada Of BURGUNDY
    2. 6. Rudolph II King Of Burgundy And ITALY died 11 Jul 937.

  7. 14.  Burkhard II Duke Of SWABIA was born Abt 885 (son of Burkhard Count In The BAAR); died 29 Apr 926, Slained in battle at Ivrea.

    Burkhard — Reginlint Of FRIULI. [Group Sheet]


  8. 15.  Reginlint Of FRIULI (daughter of Eberhard and Gisela Of FRANCE).
    Children:
    1. 7. Bertha Of SWABIA died 02 Jan 966.
    2. BILETRUD