Rudolph II of Burgundy
Rudolph of Burgundy, modern portrait (c. 1800)
|King of Burgundy
(King of Arles from 933)
|King of Italy|
|Predecessor||Berengar of Friuli|
|Successor||Hugh of Arles|
|Died||11 July 937|
|Burial||Abbey of St. Maurice, Agaunum|
|Spouse||Bertha of Swabia|
|Issue||Conrad I of Burgundy
Adelaide of Italy
|House||Elder House of Welf|
|Father||Rudolph I of Burgundy|
|Mother||Guilla of Provence|
Rudolph II (c. 880 – 11 July 937), a member of the Elder House of Welf, was King of Burgundy from 912 until his death. He initially succeeded in Upper Burgundy and also ruled as King of Italy from 922 to 926. In 933 Rudolph acquired the Kingdom of Lower Burgundy (Provence) from King Hugh of Italy in exchange for the waiver of his claims to the Italian crown, thereby establishing the united Burgundian Kingdom of Arles.
He was the son of the Upper Burgundian king Rudolph I, and it is presumed that his mother was his father's known wife Guilla, probably a daughter of King Boso of Provence. Following his ascent to the throne in 912, Rudolph II entered into a border conflict with the neighbouring Dukes of Swabia and campaigned the Thurgau and Zurich estates. Duke Burchard II of Swabia finally defeated him in the 919 Battle of Winterthur; both rulers made peace and Rudolph married Burchard's daughter Bertha in 922.
At the same time, Rudolph was asked by several Italian nobles led by Margrave Adalbert I of Ivrea to intervene in Italy on their behalf against Emperor Berengar. Having entered Italy, he was crowned King of the Lombards at Pavia. In 923, he defeated Berengar at Piacenza; Berengar was murdered the following year, possibly at the instigation of Rudolph. The king then ruled Upper Burgundy and Italy together, residing alternately in both kingdoms.
However, in 926 the Italian nobility turned against him and requested that Hugh of Arles, the effective ruler of Provence (or Lower Burgundy), rule them instead. Rudolph's father-in-law Duke Burchard II of Swabia came for his support, however, he was attacked and killed near Novara by the henchmen of Archbishop Lambert of Milan. The king returned to Upper Burgundy to protect himself, assuring Hugh's coronation as King of Italy in the process. At the Diet of Worms, Rudolph rendered the royal symbol of the Holy Lance to the East Frankish king Henry the Fowler in exchange for the Swabian Basel estates.
The two Burgundian kingdoms unified from 933; Rudolph ruled until his death in 937 and was succeeded by his son Conrad. After his death in 937, his daughter Adelaide was married to Hugh's son Lothair, while Hugh married Rudolph's widow Bertha. Adelaide later became the second wife of Otto the Great, crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 962, and the mother of Emperor Otto II.
- "Appendix", The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024, ed. Timothy Reuter, Rosamond McKitterick, (Cambridge University Press, 1999), 699.
- Constance Brittain Bouchard, "Burgundy and Provence, 879–1032", The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024, 340–341.
- Chris Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome, (Viking Penguin, 2009), 437.
- Constance Brittain Bouchard, "Burgundy and Provence, 879–1032", The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024, 342.
Rudolph II of BurgundyBorn: c. 880 Died: 937
|King of Burgundy
Berengar of Friuli
|King of Italy
Hugh of Arles