Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

Dietrich von Haldensleben, Markgraf von der Nordmark

Male Est 930 - 985  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name Dietrich von Haldensleben 
    Suffix Markgraf von der Nordmark 
    Born Est 930 
    Gender Male 
    History Dietrich was the first margrave of the Northern March from 965 until his deposition in 983. He also bore the title of _Dux_ (Duke) in contemporary sources. With a wife whose name is not recorded, Dietrich had at least four children of whom Bernard, Oda and Thietberga would have progeny.

    A henchman of the royal Ottonian dynasty, Dietrich in 953 supported Emperor Otto I \'the Great\' against the revolt of his son Liudolf, duke of Swabia. He also fought - without success - against the Polabian Slavs settling on the Elbe river at the eastern rim of his Eastphalian home territory. In return Emperor Otto appointed him margrave of the Northern March, the largest part of the former _Marca Geronis_ after its dissolution upon the death of Margrave Gero in 965.

    Dietrich was a harsh overlord. Together was Archbishop Adalbert of Magdeburg he enforced the Christianisation of the Slavic population and plot the downfall of his rival Gero, Graf von Alsleben. According to the chronicler Thietmar, bishop of Merseburg, Dietrich\'s arrogance (he allegedly once refused the marriage of one of his kinswomen to a Slav \'dog\') led the Slavic Lutici and Hevelli tribes in 983 to sack the lands of the eastern bishoprics of Havelberg and Brandenburg and revert to paganism. According to Adam of Bremen and _Annalisa Saxo,_ Dietrich was deprived of his march in the same year, though he later again appeared as a Saxon general.

    According to the Annals of the Convent of Quendlinburg Abbey, Dietrich died on 25 August 985.  [1
    Died 25 Aug 985 
    Person ID I1891  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2018 

    Children 
    +1. Thietberga von Haldensleben
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00022887&tree=LEO.