Liudolf, Duke of Saxony
|Duke of Saxony|
Pedigree of the Ottonian dynasty, Ludolf dux Saxonie at the top, chronicles of St. Pantaleon, Cologne, 12th century
|Mother||Gisla von Verla|
|Died||12 March 864 or 866|
Liudolf (c. 805 - 12 March 864 or 866) was a Saxon count, son of Count (German: Graf) Brun (Brunhart) and his wife, Gisla von Verla; [needs source clarity of citation] later authors called him Duke of the Eastern Saxons (dux orientalis Saxonum, probably since 850) and Count of Eastphalia. Liudolf had extended possessions in eastern Saxony, and was a leader (dux) in the wars of King Louis the German against Normans and Slavs. The ruling Liudolfing House, also known as the Ottonian dynasty, is named after him; he is its oldest verified member.
They had six children:
- Otto I "the Illustrious"; father of Henry the Fowler
- Liutgard of Saxony; married King Louis the Younger in 874.
- Hathumoda of Saxony; became an abbess
- Gerberga of Saxony; became an abbess
- Christina of Saxony; became an abbess
By marrying a Frankish nobleman's daughter, Liudolf followed suggestions set forth by Charlemagne about ensuring the integrity of the Frankish Empire in the aftermath of the Saxon Wars through marriage.
In 845/846, Liudolf and his wife founded a house of holy canonesses, duly established at their proprietary church in Brunshausen around 852, and moved in 881 to form Gandersheim Abbey. Liudolf's minor daughter Hathumoda became the first abbess.
Liudolf is buried in Brunshausen.
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- de:Liudolf (Sachsen)
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Liudolf, Duke of SaxonyBorn: c. 805 Died: 12 March 864 or 866
|Rulers of Saxony