Otbert of Liège

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Otbert of Liège (died 1119) was bishop of Liège at the end of the eleventh century (in office 1091–1119).[1] He was a major figure in the financing of the First Crusade, and an expansionist.

He was a close supporter of Emperor Henry IV, accompanying him on campaigns.

In 1096 he took the whole Duchy of Godfrey of Bouillon as a pledge,[2] for a sum of 1300 marks. He also bought the château de Couvin from Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut. At the same time he prevailed in a conflict over the comté de Brugeron, with Godfrey I of Leuven[3]


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia: Liege
  2. ^ [1], [2]; Steven Runciman, A History of the Crusades I, p. 146.
  3. ^ [3], in French.

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