Adelaide II, Abbess of Quedlinburg

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Adelaide II
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Tombstone of Princess Adelaide II
Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg
Reign 1063 – 11 January 1096
Predecessor Beatrix I
Successor Eilica
Born 1045
Died 11 January 1096
Quedlinburg Abbey
Burial Quedlinburg Abbey
House Salian Dynasty (by birth)
Father Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother Agnes of Poitou
Religion Roman Catholic

Adelaide II (Adelheid of Swabia) (1045 – 11 January 1096) was Abbess of Gandersheim and Quedlinburg.

Adelaide was born in the autumn of 1045 as the first child of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Agnes of Poitou, his second wife. In 1061, she was elected successor to her older half-sister, Beatrice, as Imperial Abbess of Gandersheim. Two years later, Adelaide succeeded her half-sister as Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg. She ruled both abbeys as Adelaide II.

Like her half-sister and predecessor, Adelaide II supported the Holy Roman Emperor throughout the long struggle with the Pope. During her reign, a great fire broke out and destroyed the abbey, so she had the foundations reconstructed. In 1088, Adelaide's brother, Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, used the abbey for trial of Egbert of Meissen, who had unsuccessfully laid siege to the convent.[1]

Adelheid died on 11 January 1096 in Quedlinburg Abbey.



  1. ^ McNamara, Jo Ann (1996). Sisters in arms: Catholic nuns through two millennia. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-80984-X. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Beatrice I
Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg
1063 – 11 January 1096
Succeeded by
Abbess of Gandersheim
1061 – 11 January 1096
Succeeded by
Adelheid III