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Birthplace: Herzogtum Schwaben (present Bavaria), Heiliges Römisches Reich (present Germany)
Death: September 07, 1047 (55-64)
Tomburg, (Present Nordrhein-Westfalen), Herzogtum Nieder-Lothringen (Present Nordrhein-Westfalen), Heiliges Römisches Reich (present Germany)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia and Mathilde of Germany. countess Palatine of Lotharingia
Husband of Imgard De Verdun and N.N. von Egisheim
Father of Ida and N.N. von Schwaben
Brother of Adelheid, Abbess of Nijvel; Liudolf, Count of Zutphen; Richeza (Ryksa) Ezon of Lotharingia Queen Consort of Poland; Hermann II, Archbishop of Cologne; Theophanu, Abbess of Essen and 4 others

Occupation: Count Palatine of Lotharingia (1034-1045), Duke of Swabia (1045-1047), Count in Deutz and Auelgau (1025-1047), protector of Brauweiler, Graf im Deutzgau, Herzog, Pfalzgraf, Pfgf. v. Lothringen 1035, Hg. v. Schwaben 1045, Gf. i. Deutzgau 1045
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About Otto II, duke of Swabia,_Duke_of_Swabia

Otto II (died 1047) was Count Palatine of Lotharingia (1034 – 1045), then Duke of Swabia (1045 – 1047), and all the while Count in Deutz and Auelgau (1025 – 1047). He was the son of Ezzo and Matilda (a daughter of the Emperor Otto II),[1] and a member of the Ezzonian dynasty. He was also the protector (Vogt) of Brauweiler Abbey, which had been founded by his parents.

In 1034, Otto's father, the Count Palatine Ezzo, died. As Otto's older brother Liudolf had died in 1031, he succeeded his father as Count Palatine. On 7 April 1045, Henry III, King of Germany and also Duke of Swabia, offered the latter title to Otto. In exchange, Otto gave up the County Palatine, which was bestowed on his cousin Henry. Also, his territories in Kaiserswerth and Duisburg devolved onto the crown.

[edit]Marriage and children

Otto married a daughter of Hugh VI, Count of Egisheim. He had a daughter, Richenza (Holland, 1020 – 1083), who married firstly Herman, Count of Werl, and secondly Otto of Nordheim. Another daughter, Hildegarde, married Frederick von Büren, and they were the parents of Frederick I.[2]

In 1047, Otto died unexpectedly at his castle, the Tomburg, while preparing an imperial campaign against an invasion of Baldwin V of Flanders. He is buried in Brauweiler Abbey. In 1048, the Emperor elected Otto III to succeed him as Duke of Swabia.


^ "The Konradiner", p. 100, Retrieved 21 oct 2009.

^ Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa. Fourth Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.

1. EZZO [Ehrenfried] (-Saalfeld 21 May 1034, bur Brauweiler). ... m (before 15 Jun 991) MATHILDE of Germany, daughter of Emperor OTTO II & his wife Theofano --- (Summer 978-Echtz 4 Dec 1025, bur Brauweiler Abbey). ... Ezzo & his wife had ten children:

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  • c) OTTO (-Tomburg 7 Sep 1047). The Brunwilarensis Monasterii Fundatio names the three sons (in order) "Hermannus, Otto, Ludolphus" of "Herenfridus comes palatinus, qui post Ezo nominatus est" and his wife "Mathilde filia Magni Ottonis", specifying in a later passage that he died at Tonsburg "VII Idus Sep"[348]. Graf im Deutzgau 1025. "Chuonradus…Romanorum imperator augustus" confirmed the property of the church of Würzburg by charter dated 9 Oct 1033, witnessed by "…Ezzo palatinus comes et filius eius Otto…"[349]. He succeeded in 1035 as OTTO Pfalzgraf von Lothringen. He relinquished the Pfalzgrafschaft in 1045 when he was installed as OTTO Duke of Swabia. The necrology of Fulda records the death in 1047 of "Otto dux"[350]. "Heinricus…Romanorum imperator augustus" confirmed the foundation of Kloster Brauweiler by charter dated 18 Jul 1051 which names "Richeza regina quondam Poleniæ…pro remedio anime sue fratrisque sui beate memorie Ottonis ducis aliorumque parentum suorum in monasterio Brunwilarensi sepultorum…per manum Heinrici palatini comitis filii patrui sui" and witnessed by "Heinricus comes palatinus, Sicco comes, Starchri comes…"[351]. The necrology of Gorze records the death "VII Id Sep" of "Oto dux"[352]. m [--- von Egisheim, daughter of HUGO VI Graf im Nordgau und zu Egisheim & his wife Heilwig von Dagsburg. A possible daughter of Hugo [VI] is shown as possible wife of Otto in Europäische Stammtafeln[353], but the primary source on which this is based has not so far been identified.] Otto & his wife had one child:
    • i) RICHENZA (-Mar, 1082 or before). The Annalista Saxo names Richenza wife of Hermann [III] and records her second marriage to "Otto de Northeim quondam dux", but does not give her origin[354]. The primary source which confirms her origin and her first marriage has not so far been identified. m firstly HERMANN [III] Graf von Werl, son of RUDOLF Graf im Mittleren Friesland & his wife --- (-before 1050). m secondly ([1050]%29 OTTO Graf von Northeim, son of BENNO Graf [von Northeim] & his wife [Eilika ---] (-11 Jan 1083). He was installed as OTTO Duke of Bavaria in 1061.
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Broder til Richeza de Lorraine (c. 1000 - 1063), der ogå hører til mine aner.

Leo: Europäische Stammtafeln, J.A. Stargardt Verlag, Marburg, Schwennicke, Detlev (Ed.), Reference: VI 1.

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Otto II, duke of Swabia's Timeline

Herzogtum Schwaben (present Bavaria), Heiliges Römisches Reich (present Germany)
Swabia, Germany
September 7, 1047
Age 60
Tomburg, (Present Nordrhein-Westfalen), Herzogtum Nieder-Lothringen (Present Nordrhein-Westfalen), Heiliges Römisches Reich (present Germany)