Welf II, Count of Swabia

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Welf II
Count of Altdorf
Wgt Stifterbüchlein 21v.jpg
Count Welf II in the Weingarten Stifterbüchlein, c. 1510
Spouse(s) Imiza of Luxembourg
Issue
Noble family Elder House of Welf
Father Rudolf II, Count of Altdorf
Mother Ita of Öhningen
Died 13 November 1055
Bodman Castle
Buried Weingarten Abbey

Welf II (c.960/70 - died 10 March 1030) was a Swabian count and a member of the Elder House of Welf.

Life[edit]

He was a younger son of Count Rudolf II and Ita, a daughter of Duke Conrad I of Swabia of the Conradine dynasty.

Welf opposed the election of the Salian count Conrad II as King of the Romans in 1024 because it did not suit his interests, but he had to eventually relent.[1] The next year he joined a rebellion launched by the Babenberg duke Ernest II of Swabia, but finally submitted in 1027.

In the 1020s, Welf feuded with the Augsburg and Freising bishops; he pillaged the treasury of Bishop Bruno of Augsburg, and sacked the city of Augsburg.[2]

Welf II was married to Imiza, daughter of Count Frederick of Luxembourg.[3] With Imiza, Welf had at least two children:

Welf died in 1030 and was buried at Altdorf.

Sources[edit]

  • Reuter, Timothy. Germany in the Early Middle Ages 800–1056. New York: Longman, 1991.
  • B. Schneidmüller: Die Welfen. Herrschaft und Erinnerung (819–1252). (Stuttgart, 2000), pp. 119–123.
  • T. Zotz, 'Welf II.,' in: Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA), Volume 8 (Munich, 1997), cols. 2143–2144.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reuter, Germany, p. 203.
  2. ^ Reuter, Germany, p. 204.
  3. ^ Zotz, 'Welf II,' col. 2143