Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy



Male Abt 805 - 866  (~ 61 years)

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  • Name Liudolf  
    Born Abt 805 
    Gender Male 
    History Liudolf was born about 805. His parentage cannot be established with certainty, though some sources give his father as a count Brun (Brunhart). About 836 he married Oda, daughter of a Frankish princeps named Billung and his wife Aeda. They had eleven or twelve children of whom Otto, Oda and possibly Liutgard would have progeny. By marrying a Frankish nobleman\'s daughter, Liudolf followed suggestions set forth by Charlemagne about ensuring the integrity of the Frankish empire in the aftermath of the Saxon Wars through marriage.

    In 845/846, Liudolf and his wife travelled to Rome in order to ask Pope Sergius II for permission to found a house of secular canonesses, duly established at their proprietary church in Brunshausen around 852.

    Liudolf was a \'comes\' or count. This office, which resulted from appointment by an emperor or king, originally was to enforce royal authority and required administrative functions that could include military service. The office was not necessarily held for life, unless someone happened to die in office, and under Charlemagne it was not intended to be inherited.

    He was described as \'dux Saconiae\', and as duke of the Eastern Saxons (_dux orientalis Saxonum,_ probably since 850) and count of Westphalia. Liudolf had extended possessions in eastern Saxony, and was a leader (_dux_) in the wars of King Louis \'the German\' against Normans and Slavs. The ruling Liudolfing House, also known as the Ottonian dynasty, is named after him; he is the earliest verified member. He was named _\'Liudolfus comes\'_ in _Annales Xantenes_ relating to his death, which occurred on 11 March 866. He was buried at the Brunshausen Abbey.

    Liudolf\'s widow Oda moved in 881 to form Gandersheim Abbey. Their daughter Hathumod became its first abbess.  [1
    Died 11 Mar, 866 
    Person ID I1149  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2018 

    Family 1 Oda,   b. Abt 805/6,   d. 17 May, 913  (Age ~ 107 years) 
    +1. Otto von Sachsen,   b. Abt 836,   d. 30 Nov, 912  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Oda,   b. Abt 805/6,   d. 17 May, 913  (Age ~ 107 years) 
    Married Abt 836 
    +1. Oda, von Sachsen,   d. 874
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020478&tree=LEO.