Otto I, Count of Guelders

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Spouse(s) Richardis of Bavaria
Noble family House of Wassenberg
Father Hendrik of Guelders
Mother Agnes of Arnstein
Born 1150
Died 1207

Otto I of Guelders (1150–1207) was a Count of Guelders and Zutphen from 1182 until his death in 1207. He was a son of Duke Hendrik of Guelders and Agnes of Arnstein. He married Richardis of Bavaria in 1184. Richardis was a daughter of Otto I Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria.

Life[edit]

Otto I of Guelders joined his Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa on the Third Crusade (1189–1192) during which he aided the Crusader army in the taking of Iconium. After the death of Frederick I Barbarossa, some of the crusaders in the army left for home but Otto joined one of the groups that went on towards Syria and Palestine. After arriving in the Holy Land, Otto joined the army of Guy of Lusignan, the King of Jerusalem, who was besieging the city of Acre. Further hardships decimated the army of the late Frederick, and by the spring of 1191 most of them had left for home. Otto was the only survivor from the Low Countries, and returned home in 1190.[1]

He is mentioned as the first Count of the combined area of Guelders and Zutphen in 1190. One of his sons, confusingly also called Otto I of Guelders (b. 1195), was Bishop of Utrecht from 1212 until 1213.

Family[edit]

Otto I of Guelders was a son of Duke Hendrik of Guelders and Agnes of Arnstein.

He married Richardis of Bavaria in 1184. Richardis was a daughter of Otto I Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria and Agnes of Loon. Otto and his wife Richardis had 5 children:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Riley-Smith: "The Crusades - A Short History." The Athlone Press Ltd., London (1990), pp 112-113.
  2. ^ Medieval Lands
  3. ^ Chronologia Johannes de Beke 61, p. 141.
Otto I, Count of Guelders
House of Wassenberg
Born: 1150 Died: 1207
Preceded by
Henry I
Count of Guelders
1182–1207
Succeeded by
Gerard III