Herman II (archbishop of Cologne)

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Herman II (995 – 11 February 1056), of the Ezzonian dynasty was the Archbishop of Cologne from 1036 until his death. He was a son of Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia, and Matilda of Germany.

Pope Benedict IX made him a Cardinal around 1036, and granted important privileges to the Church in Cologne. Herman remained loyal to the Emperor Henry III during the revolt led by his nephew Conrad I of Bavaria.

He became Archchancellor of the Regnum Italicum and protector of Brauweiler (1053). His claritas generis allowed him to baptise and crown the German king Henry IV, a privilege that was disputed by the Archbishop of Mainz Luitpold I.

Preceded by
Archbishop of Cologne
Succeeded by
Anno II


  • Lewald, Ursula, 'Die Ezzonen. Das Schicksal eines rheinischen Fürstengeschlechts', in Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter 43 (1979) pp. 120–168