Guntram "der Reiche", comte de Sundgau

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Guntram "der Reiche" d'Alsace, comte de Sundgau

Also Known As: "Guntram Dives", "Guntram the Rich"
Birthplace: Alsace, France
Death: Died in Europe
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugo V, count in Nordgau and Hildegarde de Ferrette
Husband of Itha von Calw
Father of Lanzelin, Graf von Altenberg; Bero, Graf im Aargau; Gebizo Burggraf von Basel and X von Thierstein
Brother of Eberhard IV, count in Nordgau; Hughes IV, comte de Nordgau and Adelaide von Dagsbourg

Occupation: Comte de Sundgau (Upper Alsace), Graf im Breisgau, Herr von Muri
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Guntram "der Reiche", comte de Sundgau

He was Count in Breisgau (962), and is said to have been Count of Sundgau (Upper Alsace), Count in Aargau, and Herr von Muri. His nickname, "the Rich", testifies to his wealth among his peers. In 952 he rebelled against the Emperor Otto I. His lands within the Holy Roman Empire were confiscated, but he retained what were apparently his allodial holdings (those for which he owed no feudal service) in the Aargau.

Guntram has long been known to be the ancestor of the Habsburgs. The Annals of the Muri Monastery, a manuscript history written in the twelfth century, was lost in the monastery library until its discovery in the 16th century. The annals give an account of the lives of the early Habsburgs, and prove that they descend from this Guntram.

A Count Guntram rebelled against the Emperor Otto I in 952. Jackman refers to "extraordinary confiscations…imposed on the rebel Guntram." Emperor Otto I granted property "habere Cuntramnus comes in pago Prisecgeuue in comitatu Pirihtihonis in locis…Puckinga, Uringa, Muron" to Konrad Bishop of Konstanz by charter dated 21 February 962. Contemporary scholarship identifies the rebel Count Guntram with the Guntram who was ancestor of the Habsburg. [Hlawlitscha.]

There has been much disagreement about his ancestry. Guntram is now thought to have been a descendant of Eticho I of Alsace, but it is not clear to which branch of that family he belonged. According to some sources, he was son of Hugo von Hohenburg; according to others he was son of Luitfried V of Alsace, while still others identify him as a son of one Hunfried von Sundgau. The line shown here follows Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,, visited June 28, 2009.

His given name, Guntram, was common to the Merovingians and was specifically identified with their kingdom of Burgundy. In that era of no surnames, given names were almost proprietary to the families that used them. Therefore, it is virtually certain that Guntram was connected, if only on the distaff side, with the Merovingian kings of Burgundy.

The now accepted genealogy was first proposed in the 17th century, that the Habsburgs are descended from the Etichoni Dukes of Alsace. First advanced in 1643, this theory was popularized in 1736, when the Empress Maria-Theresa, the heir of the Habsburg dynasty, married Francis Stephen, Duke of Lorraine, who represented a male-line branch of the Etichoni. Hence, their marriage could be seen as a union of two collateral branches of the same family.

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Guntram "der Reiche", comte de Sundgau's Timeline

Alsace, France
Age 22
Age 25
Age 35
Basel, Germany
March 26, 973
Age 53