Ezzo de Lotharingie 1 2

Nom de naissance Ezzo de Lotharingie
Nom de naissance Erenfried
Nom de naissance Ehrenfried
Nom de naissance Herenfried Ezon von Bonngau
Identifiant Gramps I2935
Genre masculin
Âge au décès environ 79 ans, 2 mois, 20 jours



Ezzo (c. 955 – 21 March 1034), sometimes called Erenfried, Count Palatine of Lotharingia of the Ezzonen dynasty, was the son of Herman I.

Having married Matilda of Saxony (died 1025), a daughter of Emperor Otto II and Theophanu, 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 to the imperial throne at the death of Otto III, he received huge territories (Kaiserswerth, Duisburg, and Saalfeld) for renouncing to the throne, making him the most powerful man in the empire after the emperor. Otto's successor, Emperor Henry II, was less friendly towards the powerful count, although there was no serious trouble between them 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 Henry and his vassal appear to have been satisfactory. Very little is known about Ezzo's later life, but we are told that he died at a great age at Saalfeld on 21 March 1034.

Ezzo founded Brauweiler Abbey near Cologne, the place where his marriage had been celebrated. It was dedicated in 1028 by Piligrim, archbishop of Cologne. Ezzo and his wife were buried at Brauweiler.

He and Mathilda of Saxen left three sons and seven daughters:

Liudolf (c. 1000–10 April 1031), Count of Zütphen.
Otto I (died 1047), Count Palatine of Lotharingia and later Duke of Swabia as Otto II.
Hermann II (995–1056), Archbishop of Cologne.
Theophanu (died 1056), Abbess of Essen and Gerresheim.
Richeza of Lotharingia (died 21 March 1063), Queen of Poland, married with King Mieszko II of Poland.
Adelheid (died c. 1030), Abbess of Nijvel (Nivelles).
Heylwig, Abbess of Neuss.
Mathilde, Abbess of Dietkirchen and Villich.
Sophie, Abbess of St. Maria, Mainz.
Ida (died 1060), Abbess of Cologne and Gandersheim Abbey (founded in 852 by her ancestor Liudolf, Duke of Saxony).

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Évènement Date Lieu Description Sources
Naissance [E3988] vers 955      
Décès [E3989] 21 mars 1034      


Relation avec la souche Nom Date de naissance Date de décès Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Père Herman I de Lotharingie [I2936]996
Mère Heylwig von Dillingen [I2937]
         Ezzo de Lotharingie vers 955 21 mars 1034


Famille de Ezzo de Lotharingie et Mathilde de Saxe [F1283]

Mariés Femme Mathilde de Saxe [I2922] ( * 979 + 4 novembre 1025 )
Nom Naissance Décès
Bienheureuse Richeza de Lotharingie [I2918]entre 995 et 100021 mars 1063