Rudolf II, count of Altdorf

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Rudolf

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Altdorf, Saxony, Germany
Death: Died in Altdorf, Germany
Place of Burial: Altdorf, Swabia (now Switzerland)
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Son of Rudolf I, count of Altdorf and Siburgis, Countess of Altdorf
Husband of Ita von Öhningen
Father of Welf II, duke of Bavaria; Conrad, count of Altdorf; Eberhard I von Bamberg, bishop; Heinrich von Schwaben, graf and Richardis von Schwaben, princess
Brother of Eticho von Augsburg, bishop and Guelph II von Bayern
Half brother of Guelph III Herzog von Bayern

Occupation: Graf von Altdorf sowie Graf im Lechrain, im Inn- und Norital
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About Rudolf II, count of Altdorf

Foundation for Medieval Genealogy:

RUDOLF, son of [RUDOLF Graf von Altdorf & his wife ---] (-10 Mar ----, bur Altdorf). All the near contemporary primary sources so far consulted name Rudolf, father of Heinrich and Welf [II] as the brother of Konrad Bishop of Konstanz. For example, Berthold's Chronicon of Zwiefalten names "Couniza, Welphonis primi nostri advocati mater, filia…Welphonis Carentorum ducis qui fuit Roudolfi fratris sancti Counradi filius"[823]. If this is correct, Ita von Öhningen would have been at least 40 years younger than her husband. As this seems unlikely, the most probable explanation is that there has been a conflation of two individuals, father and son, both named Rudolf but there is no proof that this is correct. The Historia Welforum records that "Roudolfus" was buried "in Altorfensi cenobio iuxta patrem et matrem"[824]. The necrology of Weingarten records the death "VI Id Mar" of "Ruodolfus com frater sancti Chuonradi…et Welf filius eius…hic sepulti"[825].

m ITA von Öhningen, daughter of KONRAD Duke of Swabia [Konradiner] & his wife Richlint --- ([970/75]-16 Oct ----). The Genealogia Welforum names "de Oningen Itam…cuius pater fuit Chuno comes, mater vero filia Ottonis Magni imperatoris" as wife of Rudolf[826]. The Historia Welforum refers to the four daughters of "Couno comes" and "filia Ottonis magnis imperatoris…Richlint", specifying that they married "una Roudolfo isti [=Welforum], alia cuidam de Rinveldin, parenti Zaringiorum, tercia regie Rugiorum, quarta comiti de Diezon"[827]. As noted in the document SWABIA DUKES, these two sources are unreliable in their recording of the sons of Konrad I Duke of Swabia, so should not be assumed to be any more precise in recording his daughters. Her birth date is estimated assuming that her parents married in [968]. The necrology of Weingarten records the death "XVII Kal Nov" of "Ita com uxor Ruodolfi comitis"[828].

Rudolf & his wife had three children:

1. HEINRICH (-15 Nov [1000]). The Genealogia Welforum names "Heinricum, qui apud Lonon in venatione saxo percussis interiit, et Gwelfum huius nominis primum" as sons of Rudolf and Ita[829]. The Historia Welforum names (in order) "Heinricum et Guelfonem et filiam Richgardam" as the children of "Roudolfus" & his wife, specifying that Heinrich was buried "sub annis adolescentie in Venusta valle iuxta villam Lounon in venatione saxo percussus"[830]. Graf in Altdorf. The necrology of Weingarten records the donation "VI Id Feb" of "predium Minigolsowe" by "Heinricus com filius Ruodolfi comitis hic sepultus"[831].

2. WELF [II] (-10 Mar 1030, bur Altdorf). The Genealogia Welforum names "Heinricum, qui apud Lonon in venatione saxo percussis interiit, et Gwelfum huius nominis primum" as sons of Rudolf and Ita, specifying that he was buried at Weingarten[832]. The Historia Welforum names (in order) "Heinricum et Guelfonem et filiam Richgardam" as the children of "Roudolfus" & his wife[833]. The Annalista Saxo names "Welphum comitem" as son of Rudolf (brother of Eticho/Welf and Konrad, although this appears difficult to sustain chronologically)[834]. Graf von Altdorf. Graf im Nori- und Inntal. "Heinricus…Romanorum imperator augustus" renewed the privileges of Kloster Fulda by undated charter, placed in the compilation with other charters dated 1020, witnessed by "Godifridi ducis, Berinhardi ducis, Thiederici ducis, Welphonis comitis, Cunonis comitis, Kunrati comitis, Ottonis comitis, Adilbrahtis comitis, Bobonis comitis, Friderici comitis, Bezilini comitis, Ezonis comitis palatini"[835], the order of witnesses presumably giving some idea of the relative importance of these named nobles at the court of Emperor Heinrich II at the time. His county around the Brenner pass was confiscated by Emperor Konrad II as a punishment for Welf having supported Ernst Duke of Swabia in his rebellion in 1030[836]. He built the castle of Ravensburg on his Swabian lands which became the family's chief residence[837]. The necrology of Weingarten records the death "VI Id Mar" of "Ruodolfus com frater sancti Chuonradi…et Welf filius eius…hic sepulti"[838]. m ([1015]) IRMTRUD [Imiza], daughter of FRIEDRICH Graf im Moselgau [Wigeriche] & his wife [--- von Hammerstein] [Konradiner] (-21 Aug [1055], bur Altomünster). The Historia Welforum names "de gente Salica de castro Glizberch, Imizam…sororem Heinrici ducis Noricorum et Friderici ducis Lotharingiorum et Adilberonis episcopi Metensis" as wife of "Guelfo…Roudolfi filius"[839]. The Genealogia Welforum names "Salice --- de Glizperch Imizam nomine, Heinrici Noricorum ducis sororem et Friderici ducis Lotharingorum et Alberonis Metensis episcopi" as wife of Welf, specifying that she was buried at Altenmünster and that her dowry was "villam Moringen et Elisinam curtem in Longobardia"[840]. Jordan suggests that the land in Lombardy was probably near Este[841], which could explain their daughter's marriage as her husband may have been a neighbouring landowner. After the death of her son, she contested his will under which he bequeathed all his property to the convent of Weingarten, and summoned her grandson from Italy to assume the inheritance in Swabia and Bavaria. The nuns of Weingarten were resettled in Altomünster in Bavaria, relocating the monks to Weingarten as part of the settlement of the dispute[842]. Herimannus names "Irmengarda, Welf comitis vidua" when recording the transfer to her of Altdorf by the monks[843]. The necrology of Weingarten records the death "XII Kal Sep" of "Irmindruot com que et Imiza mater Welfonis et Chuonize"[844].

3. RICHLIND (-Burg Persenbeug 12 Jun 1045, bur Ebersberg monastery). The Historia Welforum names (in order) "Heinricum et Guelfonem et filiam Richgardam" as the children of "Roudolfus" & his wife, specifying that Richgard married "unus de maioribus Baioariæ comitibus" but had no heirs, founded the monasteries of "Ebirsperc, Coubach, Gisinveld" and was buried at Ebersberg[855]. The Genealogia Welforum names "Richardam" as daughter of Rudolf and Ita, specifying that she founded the monasteries of Ebersberg (jointly with her children "ex quondam ditissimo Bawarie comite"), Gisenvelt and Chubach and was buried at Ebersberg[856]. The Chronico Eberspergensi names "Richlindem filiam Rudolfi Suevi sororem Welfhardi comitis qui rebellavit Heinrico regis secundo" as wife of "Adalpero [filii Udalrici]", specifying that she was childless[857]. m ADALBERO Graf von Ebersberg, son of UDALRICH Graf von Ebersberg, Marchese di Carniola [Sieghardinger] & his wife Richgardis von Viehbach [Eppensteiner] (-27 Mar 1045).

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Rudolf II, count of Altdorf's Timeline

927
927
Altdorf, Saxony, Germany
972
972
Age 45
Altdorf, Germany
980
980
Age 53
Germany
985
985
Age 58
Swabia, Germany
987
987
Age 60
Bamberg, Germany
990
April 10, 990
Age 63
Altdorf, Germany
990
Age 63
Swabia, Germany
990
Age 63
Altdorf, Swabia (now Switzerland)