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Otto III of Saxony, Holy Roman Emperor[1]

Male 980 - 1002  (~ 21 years)

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  • Name Otto III of Saxony  
    Suffix Holy Roman Emperor 
    Born Jul 980 
    Gender Male 
    Crowned 24 Dec 983 
    King of Germany 
    • was crowned King of Germany in 983 at age of three shortly after his father's death in southern Italy while campaigning against the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Emirate of Sicily .
    Acceded 996 
    Holy Roman Emperor 
    • was Holy Roman Emperor from 996 to his death in 1002.
    Died 21 Jan 1002 
    Cause: sudden fever 
    Buried Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 

      «i»Has ancestry chart in Wikipedia

      «/i»Crowned as Emperor, Otto III put down the Roman rebellion and installed his cousin as the Pope Gregory V , the first Pope of German descent. After pardoning Crescentius II and leaving the city, Crescentius II again rebelled against the Emperor, violently unseating Gregory V and installing John XVI as Pope (997-998). A synod of the Western bishops held in 997 at the Imperial capital in Italy, Pavia, decided in Gregory V's favour and excommunicated John.

      Otto III returned to the city in 998, reinstalled Gregory V, and executed Crescentius II.
      John XVI fled, but the Emperor's troops pursued and captured him, cut off his nose and ears, cut out his tongue, broke his fingers and blinded him, that he might not write, and publicly degraded him before Otto III and Gregory V. At the intercession of Saint Nilus the Younger, one of his countrymen, his life was spared: he was sent to the monastery of Fulda, in Germany, where he died about 1001.

      When Gregory V died in 999, Otto III installed Sylvester II as the new Pope. Otto III's actions throughout his life further strengthened Imperial control over the Catholic Church .
    • (Medical):Returning to Rome in 1001, Otto III faced a rebellion from the Roman aristocracy which forced him to flee the city. While marching to reclaim the city in 1002, however, Otto III suffered a sudden fever and died in a castle near Civita Castellana at the age of 21. With no clear heir to succeed him, his early death threw the Empire into political crisis.
    Person ID I6121  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2013 

    Father Otto II of Saxony, Holy Roman Emperor,   b. 955, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 983  (Age 28 years) 
    Mother Theophanu Skleros,   b. 956, Constantinople, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 991  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 972 
    Family ID F2100  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).