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Ezzo (Ehrenfried), Pfalzgraf von Lothringen

Ezzo (Ehrenfried), Pfalzgraf von Lothringen

Male Abt 955 - 1034  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name Ezzo (Ehrenfried)  
    Suffix Pfalzgraf von Lothringen 
    Born Abt 955 
    Gender Male 
    History Ezzo was born about 955, the son of Hermann Pusillus, count palatine of Lower-Lorraine, and Heylwig von Dillingen. Before 15 June in 991 he married Mathilde von Sachsen, daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and Theophano (Skleraina). He and Mathilde left three sons and seven daughters, of whom Liudolf, Otto and Richeza are recorded as having progeny. The other six daughters became abbesses, and Hermann became archbishop of Cologne.

    Ezzo became prominent during the reign of his brother-in-law, Emperor Otto III. His power was increased due to the liberal grant of lands in Thuringia and Franconia which his wife received out of Ottonian possessions. Candidate for the imperial throne at the death of Otto III, he received huge territories (Kaiserwerth, Duisburg and Saalfeld) for renouncing the throne, making him the most powerful man in the empire after the emperor. Otto\'s successor, Emperor Heinrich II, was less friendly towards the powerful count, although there was no serious trouble between then until 1011. Some disturbances in Lotharingia quickly forced the emperor to come to terms, and Ezzo\'s assistance was purchased with additional imperial fiefs.

    After this, the relations between Heinrich and his vassal appear to have been harmonious. Very little is known about Ezzo\'s later life, but we are told that he died at a great age at Saalfeld on 21 May 1034.

    Ezzo founded Brauweiler Abbey near Cologne, the place where his marriage had been celebrated. It was dedicated in 1028 by Pilgrim, archbishop of Cologne. Ezzo and his wife were buried at Brauweiler Abbey.  [1
    Died 21 May 1034 
    Person ID I1774  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2018 

    Father Hermann Pusillus, Count Palatine of Lower-Lorraine,   b. Abt 925,   d. 16 Jul 996  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Heylwig von Dillingen,   d. 22 Jan 
    Family ID F1121  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mathilde von Sachsen,   b. 979,   d. 4 Dec, 1025, Echtz Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married Bef 15 Jun 991 
    +1. Saint Richeza, de Lorraine,   b. Abt 995/1000,   d. 21 Mar, 1063, Saalfeld Find all individuals with events at this location  [putative]
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ezzo\'s Brauweiler Abbey
    Ezzo\'s Brauweiler Abbey

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00080071&tree=LEO.