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  • Record Number: 11226
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Georgi , Wolfgang.
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  • Title: Bischof Keonwald von Worcester und die Heirat Ottos I. mit Edgitha im Jahre 929
  • Source: Historisches Jahrbuch 115, 1 ( 1995): Pages 1 - 40.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Athelstan, King of Wessex Edgitha, Wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor Edgiva, Sister of Keonwald and Half-Sister of Athelstan, King of Wessex Keonwald, Bishop of Worcester Marriage Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor Politics
  • Geographic Area: British Isles;Germany
  • Century: 10
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  • Abstract: The occasion for the marriage of Otto I to Edgitha in 929 should not be seen one sidedly as just honouring the king's son as his heir to the throne. We cannot regard the entry "Otto Rex" in the Reichenauer Verbrüderungsbuch as proof, since the process of the entry has not been sufficiently clarified. Nor can we in this connection attach too much significance to the information in the Annales Lausannenses- considering that research assumes that Otto was crowned in Mainz in 930. Both sources are given a new interpretation in this essay. It is more probable that with the marriage of 929 King Aethelstan of Wessex and Heinrich I were following a joint interest aimed against King Rudolf of West Franconia and the West Franconian nobility. Otto's marriage to the aunt of Ludwig IV, Karl III's son living at Aethelstan's court, legitimised additionally Heinrich's rule over Lorraine (Lotharingien). Heinrich I's influence on West Franconia was of importance to Aethelstan, because only so could the various parties be prevented from renewing such alliances with the Normans as in the last years of Karl III's rule. An extension of Norman influence on the continent meant renewed danger for the island This is a motive for the Anglo-Saxon continental politics under King Aethelstan. We can also fit into this framework the simultaneous marriage of Aethelstan's second half-sister Edgiva to the brother of King Rudolf II of High Burgundy. [Reproduce by permission of Verlag Karl Alber].
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  • Year of Publication: 1995.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00182621
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