Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lorraine[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male Abt 955 - 1034  (~ 79 years)


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  • Born Abt 955  [2
    History birth to death 
    • He was also known as Erenfried of the Rheinphapz. His first name was also spelt as Edzo. [2, 3, 4]
    • He was also the Lord of Duisburg and Kaiserwerth. [2]
    • He was sent as a child to be educated by Bishop Ulrich of Augsburg (episcopate 923–973), a relative of his mother. Nothing is known about his youth. [4]
    • At the death of his father in 996, Herman's rich allodial property was shared between his sons. Ezzo received lands in Cochem on the Mosel river, in Maifeld, the Flamersheimer Wald and estates around Tomburg Castle near Rheinbach, as well as half the usufruct of Villewaldin. About the same time, he must have received the Palatinate and previous countal rights, as he is referred as count in the Auelgau in 1015 and as Count Palatine in the Bonngau in 1020. He also received the county of Ruhrgau with tutelage of Essen Abbey. [4]
    • Unsuccessful candidate to the imperial throne upon the death of Emperor Otto III in 1002, his relation with the new Ottonian king Henry II was immediately very tensed. Henry disputed Ezzo's ownership of territories, that he defended as his wife's inheritance of late Otto III. The conflict dragged on for years and reached its peak in 1011. Facing disturbances in Lotharingia, and in need for Ezzo's military support, Henry was forced to come to terms. Ezzo's victory led the king to make concessions and to a complete transformation of its policy. He reconciled with Ezzo, recognized its rights of inheritance and gave him the royal territories of Kaiserswerth, Duisburg as well as Saalfeld in Thuringia for renouncing to the throne. He also associated the Ezzonid dynasty to his Eastern policies, and mediated the marriage of Ezzo's daughter Richeza with the heir to the Polish throne Mieszko II Lambert. [4]
    Died 21 May 1034  Saalfeld, Thuringia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Full Review Completed 9 Nov 2019 
    Buried Brauweiler Abbey, Brauweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I3458  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2019 

    Father Hermann I "Pusillus", Count in the Bonngau,   d. 16 Jul 996 
    Mother Heilwig von Dillingen 
    Family ID F2850  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Matilda of Saxony,   b. 981,   d. 4 Nov 1025, Esch-sur-Sûre, Luxembourg Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [2, 3
    Married 991  [2
    Children 
     1. Liudolf, Governor of Brauweiler,   b. Abt 1000,   d. 10 Apr 1031  (Age ~ 31 years)
     2. Otto, Count of Palatine of Lorraine of Lotharingia,   d. 1047
     3. Herman, Archbishop of Cologne,   b. 995,   d. 1056  (Age 61 years)
     4. Theophanu, Abbess of Essen and Gerresheim,   d. 1058
     5. Richenza of Pfalz-Lorraine, Queen of Poland,   b. Abt 1000,   d. 21 Mar 1063, Saalfeld, Thuringia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     6. Adelheid, Abbess of Nivelles,   d. Abt 1030
     7. Heilwig, Abbess of Neuss
     8. Mathilde, Abbess of Dietkirchen and Vilich
     9. Sophie, Abbess of St. Maria, Mainz
     10. Ida, Abbess of Cologne and Gandersheim Abbey,   d. 1060
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F2849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 a concubine  [4
    Married Type: They were not married 
    Children 
     1. Henry, Abbot of Gorze,   b. 1055,   d. 1093  (Age 38 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F7886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 May 1034 - Saalfeld, Thuringia, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Brauweiler Abbey, Brauweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2002] ------------- Secondary Sources -------------.

    2. [S60] 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, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002).

    3. [S59] Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 Fifth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982).

    4. [S304] Wikipedia.
      Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia



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