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Liudolf, Margrave of Frisia

Liudolf, Margrave of Frisia Margrave of Frisia, Count of Brunswick

Margrave of Frisia, Count of Brunswick
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Intro Margrave of Frisia, Count of Brunswick
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1016
Death 23 April 1038
Mother: Gisela of Swabia
Father: Brun ICount of Brunswick
Siblings: Henry IIIHoly Roman EmperorErnest IIDuke of SwabiaHerman IVDuke of Swabia
Children: Matilda of FrisiaEgbert IMargrave of MeissenBruno IIIda von Elsdorf
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Liudolf of Brunswick (c. 1003 – 23 April 1038) was Margrave of Frisia, Count of Brunswick, Count in the Derlingau and the Gudingau.

Liudolf was a descendant of the Saxon family of the Brunonen. He was a son of Bruno I, Count of Brunswick, and Gisela of Swabia. The later Roman Emperor Henry III was his half-brother. He married Gisela and had four children. He controlled the Frisian counties Oostergo, Zuidergo and Westergo. For two more generations the Brunonen family line inherited the title. How the Brunonen came to their position in the counties is not known. There is a theory that Liudolf took advantage of the reign of violence by the Counts of Holland in the part of Friesland between the Vlie and the Lauwers. Not much is known about his life. He died in 1038 and was succeeded by his son, Bruno II.


Liudolf and Gisela had the following children:

  • Brun II (around 1024 – 26 June 1057)
  • Egbert I, Margrave of Meissen (died 1068)
  • Matilda of Frisia (died 1044); married King Henry I of France
  • Ida of Elsdorf, married to Lothair Udo I, Margrave of the Nordmark. Their daughter Oda of Stade married Sviatoslav II Yaroslavich, Grand Prince of Kiev.
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