Theophano Sklerina of Byzantium

Theophano Sklerina of Byzantium

Death 15 Jun 991 (aged 34–35)
Burial Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Memorial ID 10023171 · View Source
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German Monarch, Roman Empress. On April 14. 972 she married in Rome Otto II., son and co-regent of emperor Otto I. and empress Adelheid, and was crowned empress herself. While the relationship toward her husband was destined by love, the relationship with her mother in law was very tense. The situation became unbearable when Otto I. died in May 973. Adelheid had to leave the court and went as regent for her son to Italy. She gave birth to one son and three daughters. On December 24. 983 her son was crowned german and italian King, without the knowledge of Otto II. death in Rome two weeks earlier. Otto III. was given to the Archbishop of Cologne to be raised and she acted as his regent, with Archbishop Willigis of Mainz as chancellor. In February 984 Duke Heinrich "The Quarrelsome" kidnapped the child and brought him to a Castle in Thuringia. The Reichstag in Worms forced him to release Otto in June. The war with France started and only ended when Hugh Capet became King and signed a contract which gave the Lorraine irrevocably to the german empire. She was a realist and oriented her politics on her possibilities and not on unrealistic goals. When she died she left her son a stable and strong kingdom. Adelheid returned and acted as Otto III. regent for another three years.

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