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Otto I the Great, 912 - 973

 

Otto I the Great 912-973

 


Otto I was Otto The Great of the
Holy Roman Empire and member of the  Saxon Dynasty.

 

What Was So Special About the Man?

Otto brought stability to the German Reich by eliminating rebels, defeating Hungarians, keeping his vassal dukes in check, and re-defining the role of the church.

Otto gave the Germans peace and they, in turn, enjoyed the tranquility and developed their culture. Historians call this the Ottonian Renaissance.

 

The Family of Otto I the Great

Otto's father was Henry I.

Otto's mother was Matilda.

Otto's brothers were Henry and Thankmar.


In 930, Otto married Edith. Edith was daughter of English King Edward the Elder. Edith died in 946.

In 951, Otto married again. This time Adelaide was the happy girl. Adelaide was princess of Burgundy and the widowed queen of Italy, which was very practical because Otto thus became king of the Lombards as well.

Otto's sons were Liudolf (by Edith) and Otto II (by Adelaide.)

 

The Life of Otto I the Great

When Otto's father died in 936, Otto became Otto II, duke of Saxony and king of the Germans and not to be mixed up with his son mentioned above.