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Otto Orseolo, Doge of Venice

Male - 1031


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  • Name Otto Orseolo 
    Suffix Doge of Venice 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1031  Constantinople Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I3854  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2018 

    Father Pietro II Orseolo, Doge of Venice,   b. Abt 960,   d. 1008  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Maria 
    Family ID F2337  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Grimelda of Hungary 
    Children 
    +1. Frozza Orseolo,   b. 1015,   d. 17 Feb 1071  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F2333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Doge Pietro designated his son Otto as his successor, and when Pietro died in 1008, Otto (sometimes known as Ottone) became, at sixteen, the youngest Doge in Venice's history. Otto turned out to be much like other members of his illustrious family, especially in his love of pomp and power, and he further advanced his dynastic ambitions by marrying a daughter of the Hungarian King Istvan. Doge Otto Orseolo wasted little time in his efforts to secure his family's position. Between 1017 and 1026 he engaged in a number of highly questionable activities, including the appointments of his brothers Orso and Vitale as Patriarch of Grado and Bishop of Torcello, respectively. These shenanigans worried the patricians of Venice, who engineered a coup d'etat in 1026 that sent Otto off into exile in Constantinople." [A Traveller's History of Venice, by Peter Mentzel. Interlink Books, 2006.]

      [Note: Otto's wife was a daughter of Géza of Hungary, not of Géza's son Stephen I (in Hungarian, Istvan). The confusion may have arisen because Géza's baptismal name was also Stephen/Istvan.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Leo's Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.