Otto I the Great 912-973
Otto I was Otto The Great of the
Roman Empire and member of the
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
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.