Conrad, Duke of Thuringia
Conrad (died 27 February 906), called the Old or the Elder, was the Duke of Thuringia until 892 and the Duke of Franconia until his death. He was the namesake of the Conradiner family and son of Udo of Neustria. His mother (probably) was a daughter of Conrad I of Logenahe (832–860). He was the count of the Oberlahngau (886), Hessengau (897), Gotzfeldgau (903), Wetterau (905), and Wormsgau (906). He united all of Hesse under his political control and thus bequeathed to his heirs what would be the Duchy of Franconia.
Early in his career, Conrad feuded with the Babenbergs Henry of Franconia and Adalbert. Conrad's chief residence was Friedeslar in Hesse. He was a comes (count) and ministerialis of Arnulf of Germany in 891. In 892, Duke Poppo was deposed from his offices and replaced in Thuringia and the Sorbian March by Conrad. He only held the dukedom briefly before he was replaced by Burchard. The reason for his appointment probably represent a change in Arnulf's policy in favour of the Conradines over the Babenbergs; but Conrad's short tenure may reflect his lack of support in Thuringia or an unwillingness on his part to be confined there.
Conrad sent his son, later Conrad I of Germany, against his enemies, the brothers Gerard and Matfrid, in 906. He himself was killed in battle near Fritzlar and was buried in the church of Saint Martin at Weilburg. He left a widow named Glismod or Glismuot, who died 26 April 924 and was buried next to him. Glismod may have been a relative of the earlier Thuringian dukes (perhaps a daughter of Thachulf), thus giving her husband a hereditary claim to Thuringia. Conrad left three sons: Conrad, Eberhard, and Otto, Count of the Ruhrgau.
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