Otto II, Duke of Swabia

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Otto II
Duke of Swabia, Count Palatine of Lotharingia, Count of Deutz and Auelgau, Vogt of Brauweiler Abbey
Otto II of Swabia.jpg
Reign 1045–1047
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Otto III
Spouse a daughter of Hugh VI, Count of Egisheim
House Ezzonids
Father Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia
Mother Matilda of Germany
Died 1047

Otto II (died 1047) was Count Palatine of Lotharingia (1034–1045), then Duke of Swabia (1045–1047), and all the while Count in Deutz and Auelgau (1025–1047). He was the son of Ezzo and Matilda (a daughter of the Emperor Otto II),[1] and a member of the Ezzonian dynasty. He was also the protector (Vogt) of Brauweiler Abbey, which had been founded by his parents.

In 1034, Otto's father, the Count Palatine Ezzo, died. As Otto's older brother Liudolf had died in 1031, he succeeded his father as Count Palatine. On 7 April 1045, Henry III, King of Germany and also Duke of Swabia, offered the latter title to Otto. In exchange, Otto gave up the County Palatine, which was bestowed on his cousin Henry. Also, his territories in Kaiserswerth and Duisburg devolved onto the crown.

Marriage and children[edit]

Otto married a daughter of Hugh VI, Count of Egisheim. He had a daughter, Richeza (c. 1025 –1083), who married firstly Herman, Count of Werl, and secondly Otto of Nordheim. Another daughter, Hildegarde, married Frederick of Büren, and they were the parents of Frederick I.[2]

In 1047, Otto died unexpectedly at his castle, the Tomburg, while preparing an imperial campaign against an invasion of Baldwin V of Flanders. He is buried in Brauweiler Abbey. In 1048, the Emperor elected Otto III to succeed him as Duke of Swabia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Konradiner", p. 100, Retrieved 21 oct 2009.
  2. ^ Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa. Fourth Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.
Otto II, Duke of Swabia
Died: 1047
Preceded by
Ezzo
Count Palatine of Lotharingia
1034–1045
Succeeded by
Henry I
Preceded by
Henry I
Duke of Swabia
1045–1047
Succeeded by
Otto III