March of Zeitz

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The Ottonian Empire, with the March of Zeitz (hatched), in the tenth century.

The March of Zeitz (German: Mark Zeitz) was a frontier county of the Holy Roman Empire and one of the divisions of the marca Geronis made by the Emperor Otto I in 965 on the death of Gero the Great. Its capital was Zeitz. Its first and only margrave was Wigger. In 982, Zeitz was reunited with the marches of Meissen and Merseburg under Ricdag, who thus temporarily reunited all of the southern marca Geronis save the Saxon Ostmark. In 983, Zeitz was overrun by the Sorbs and the marcher territory fell into the hands of the Slavs. Nevertheless, the march of Zeitz, along with the later March of Lusatia, was a recurring division of the Meissen march during the reign of the Emperor Henry II.

Sources

  • Thompson, James Westfall. Feudal Germany, Volume II. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1928.
  • Bernhardt, John W. Itinerant Kingship and Royal Monasteries in Early Medeival Germany, c. 936–1075. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.