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Konrad I of Meissen

Male 1096 - 1157  (61 years)


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  • Name Konrad I of Meissen 
    Born 1096  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Feb 1157  [1
    Person ID I14251  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2020 

    Father Thimo II,   b. Abt 1060 
    Mother Ita von Northeim,   d. Aft 1099 
    Married Abt 1086  [1
    Family ID F8883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Liutgart von Ravenstein,   d. 19 Jun 1145 
    Married Bef 1119  [1
    Children 
    +1. Adelheid von Meissen
    +2. Gertrud von Meissen
    +3. Otto von Meissen,   b. 1125,   d. 18 Feb 1190  (Age 65 years)
    +4. Dedo V von Nieder-Lausitz,   b. Abt 1130,   d. 16 Aug 1190  (Age ~ 60 years)
    +5. Friedrich I von Wettin,   b. Between 1142 and 1145,   d. 4 Jan 1182  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F8882  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "The Great." Margrave of Meissen.

      From the site of Leo van de Pas:

      Konrad is often considered the founder of the greatness of the Wettin dynasty. In 1123 he became count of Eilenburg. That same year, Lothar von Supplinburg, duke of Saxony, appointed him margrave of Meissen in opposition to Wiprecht von Groitzsch, the appointee of Emperor Heinrich V. Lothar also named Albrecht 'the Bear' margrave of Lusatia (Lausitz), while Heinrich named Wiprecht to that march also. Wiprecht was unable to hold his own against his two opponents and in 1124 Konrad was securely in power in Meissen. In 1136 Lothar, then emperor, appointed him to Lusatia as well. Thereafter, Upper Lusatia remained a part of Meissen and the march of Lusatia was reduced to Lower Lusatia (Nieder-Lausitz) alone.

      In 1143 Konrad became count of Groitzsch and Rochlitz and Vogt (guardian) of Chemnitz and Naumburg. In 1147, while Konrad III of Germany was away on the Second Crusade, Konrad of Meissen joined Heinrich 'the Lion', Adalbert of Salzwedel, Albrecht 'the Bear', and the archbishop of Magdeburg and Bremen to organise a Crusade against the Obotrites and the Wagri. In August, Konrad and Albrecht, with the bishops of Magdeburg, Havelburg and Brandenburg, massed their forces at Magdeburg. The Obotrite prince Niklot and his fortresses of Dubin and Dimin were besieged. Both he and Pribislav, another Obotrite prince, were forced to accept Christianity and make peace.

      In the following years, Konrad founded the abbey of St. Petrus auf dem Lauterberg (Petersberg) near Halle, to which he retired on 30 November 1156. He died on 5 February 1157 and was buried there next to his wife Liutgart who had died in 1145. His eldest surviving son Otto II succeeded him in Meissen, while he second surviving son Dedo succeeded him in Lower Lusatia (Nieder-Lausitz).

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