The noble family of the Ezzones was at the height of power in the 11th century. The namesake and Count Palatine of Lorraine named Ezzo had already attained an almost ducal position on the Rhine around the year 1000. How had he managed this? It was, as so often in life, the circumstance of having the right connections and the right nose. Ezzo had successfully married into the then still existing Ottonian imperial dynasty. He then used his proximity to the ruling family to successively expand his power in all parts of the Rhineland.
A powerful noble family dominates the Rhineland and the bordering low mountain range Eifel. In this episode, their political influence expands even further. Also on Cologne, which they will dominate in many ways for decades in the middle of the 11th century. But in the end, a man from Swabia, insignificant at first sight, will initiate their end.
Ezzo & Mathilde
Sadly, there seem to be no image or drawing of Ezzo from the Middle Ages. I only found a picture of Mathilde in a family tree of the Ottonians from the 12th century.
Abby of Brauweiler
Tomb of Polish queen Richeza in Cologne Cathedral
Abbess Ida’s tomb in St. Mary in the Capitol
11th century Church door donated by Ida
Sorry, it was behind these bars to keep it safe from history nerds like me. 🙂
St. Mary in the Capitol
We now finally have a church building in our podcast that you can see still in its form as it has been in the episode and 900 years ago. Even the reconstruction after WW2 did its best, to recreate the 11th century architecture.
Sadly, this mighty basilica is nowadays completely surrounded by houses, traffic and other buildings. It is nearly impossible to get a good shot of it.
The last image shows the church in 1925 before its destruction in WW2. Sadly, the numerous medieval paintings on the walls and ceilings are lost forever.
The backside of the Hermann-Ida-Cross. At the bottom, you can see on the left Hermann and on the right Ida kneeling.
Frontside of the cross.