Gebhard of Supplinburg

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Gebhard of Süpplingenburg, Count of Harzgau
Spouse(s) Hedwig of Formbach
Issue
Noble family Süpplingenburg dynasty
Father Bernhard of Supplinburg
Mother Ida of Querfurt
Died 9 June 1075(1075-06-09)
Langensalza

Gebhard of Supplinburg (or Süpplingenburg; died 9 June 1075), a member of the Supplinburger dynasty, was a Saxon count in the Eastpahalian Harzgau and Nordthüringgau. He was the father of Emperor Lothair II.

Life[edit]

Gebhard was the son of Count Bernhard of Supplinburg (d. about 1069) and his wife Ida of Querfurt, a niece of Saint Bruno of Querfurt. About 1052 he succeeded his father in the Eastphalian Harzgau und Nordthüringgau.

About 1060, he married Hedwig (d. 1090), a daughter of the Bavarian count Frederick of Formbach and heiress to Süpplingenburg Castle. According to the Sächsische Weltchronik, he had to overcome the resistance of the rivalling Counts of Goseck, relatives of Archbishop Adalbert of Bremen, who had the marriage annulled.

Like many Saxon nobles, Gebhard joined the Saxon Rebellion of Count Otto of Northeim and Bishop Burchard II of Halberstadt against King Henry IV of Germany. He was killed in the 1075 Battle of Langensalza by the king's forces.

The later emperor Lothair II was Gebhard's posthumous son or born shortly before his death. His widow Hedwig secondly married Duke Theodoric II of Lorraine.