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Henry III (1017-1056)

"Henry III (28 October 1017 – 5 October 1056), called the Black or the Pious, was Holy Roman Emperor from 1046 until his death in 1056. A member of the Salian Dynasty, he was the eldest son of Emperor Conrad II of Germany and Gisela of Swabia.

His father made him Duke of Bavaria in 1026 after the death of Duke Henry V at the age of 9. At the age of 11 in 1028, on Easter Day after his father had been crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was elected King of Germany in the cathedral of Aachen, and crowned by Archbishop Pilgrim of Cologne. To secure his ultimate transition to the throne, upon the death of Duke Herman IV in 1038, Conrad II named him Duke of Swabia as well as the King of Burgundy, which Conrad II had inherited in 1033. Upon the death of his father on in 1039, Henry became the sole ruler of the kingdom, succeeding his father as Duke of Carinthia and King of Italy. He was crowned Emperor by Pope Clement II in Rome in 1046." - ( 01.11.2019)

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father of Henry IV (1050-1106) [son of], Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) [mother of]
was born 28.10.1017
died Bodfeld 05.10.1056
was buried Speyer Cathedral
Member Salian dynasty
son of Conrad II (990-1039) [father of], Gisela of Swabia (-1043) [mother of]
Husband of Gunhild von Dänemark (1019-1038) 1036-1038
Husband of Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) 1043-1056
father of Beatrix II. Äbtissin von Quedlinburg (-1160) [daughter of], Gunhild von Dänemark (1019-1038) [mother of]
father of Matilda of Swabia (989-1032) [daughter of], Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) [mother of]
father of Judith von Ungarn (1054-1096) [daughter of], Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) [mother of]
official Emperor Holy Roman Empire
father of Adelheid II van Franken (1045-1096) [daughter of], Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) [mother of]
official Duke Bavaria


bridegroom Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) November 1043
bridegroom Gunhild von Dänemark (1019-1038) Nijmegen Juni 1036

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Bodfeld10.8386106491088870051.78888702392578000Place of deathdb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.07522
Speyer Cathedral8.4425001144409180049.31722259521484400Burial placedb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622
Nijmegen5.8499999046325680051.83333206176758000place of weddingdb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622
Holy Roman Empire13.7988281250000000050.58044433593750000place of actiondb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622
Bavaria11.4311113357543950048.77750015258789000place of actiondb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622

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