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By papal invitation, the German king Otto I came to Italy and ended the constant alternation of power. “Otto I the Great”, who ruled Germany from 936 as king “Otto I der Grosse” was crowned Holy Roman emperor in 962, which he ruled until his death in 973.

Otto I was the son of Henry I; he inherited the Duchy of Saxony (Sachsen) and ascended the German throne upon his father’s death in 936.

Ottonian Family Tree

Ottonian Family Tree


Ottonian Family Tree

Shortly after 1000 the Ottonian dynasty fell, leaving in the north a vacuum of power which was later exploited by the local landowners and town merchants. Meanwhile, local insurrections started weakening the Saracens’ hold on the southern coastal cities.

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