Cologne becomes the starting point of the so-called imperial church system that forms in eastern France in the middle of the 10th century. The little brother of Emperor Otto I, also called Otto the Great, becomes a big guy himself when he is elected Archbishop of Cologne in 953 and at the same time appointed Duke of Lorraine. As archduke, Bruno thus has more power than anyone else in the empire. With the exception of his big brother. What effects will this have for Cologne?
Sometimes it’s good to let the little brother play along. Bruno will prove indispensable as a support for his brother, Emperor Otto the Great.
Theophanu – The History of Cologne
Modern-Day depiction of Bruno in the church St. Aposteln in Cologne with his CV in German in his hand.
Duchy of Lorraine (Lotharingia)
King Otto in front of one of his rivals defeated rivals (in this case Berengar). Around 1200.
Otto I. in an chronicle from 1112.
Otto I. and Pope John XII. If the encounter of these two was really that nice, I doubt it… Painting from around 1450.
Tomb of Otto I. in Magedburg. I took this photo in 2012 when I went on a trip with my university class. I mostly remember a lot of beer.
The Throne of Charles the Great in Aachen
Over 30 kings and emperors got crowned on the throne of Charles the Great in the Palatine Chapel in Aachen (nowadays Aachen Cathedral) Even though Charles never got coronated here, it was still Charles’ favorite palace in his whole realm. To be crowned her as king or emperor was a must have!
Even Napoleon seems to have liked it many centuries later. According to the painter who painted this in the late 19th century, long after Napoleon was dead. Note, that even the crown of the Holy Roman Empire laid on the chair to symbolize the importance of that chair.
Only the Palatine Chapel (in the middle) existed at Otto’s and Bruno’s lifetime. And in a way simpler form too.
Battle of Lechfeld
East Frankish troops defeat the Hungarian invaders at Lechfeld near Augsburg. From the “Saxon World Chronicle”