Conrad I, Duke of Swabia


Conrad I, Duke of Swabia

Conrad I (died August 20, 997) was Duke of Swabia from 983 until 997. His appointment as duke marked the return of Conradine rule over Swabia for the first time since 948.

When Duke Otto I unexpectedly died during the Imperial campaign in Italy of 981-982, he left no heirs. To fill the vacancy, Emperor Otto II appointed Conrad as Duke of Swabia. Conrad is notable for being the first Swabian duke to keep the title in the family; after his death in 997 he was succeeded by his son Hermann II.

There is considerable confusion about Conrad's family. The identities of his parents are not known for sure. This same situation exists for his wife, who is unlikely to have been a daughter of Liudolf, Duke of Swabia, the son of Emperor Otto I. He had at least six children, including his successor, Hermann II.

There is a wealth of literature surrounding the attempt by Wolf and also Jackman, starting in 1980 to make his wife the daughter of Liudolf, however these attempts have been rebuffed by Hlawitschka. For an overview see the article by Nat Taylor at this link.

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Further reading

  • Eduard HLAWITSCHKA, Konradiner-Genealogie, unstatthafte Verwandtenehen und spätottonisch-frühsalische Thronbesetzungspraxis. Ein Rückblick auf 25 Jahre Forschungsdisput. (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Studien und Texte 32) XX und 220 S. Hannover 2003. ISBN 3-7752-5732-2. (in German)
Preceded by
Otto I
Duke of Swabia
983–997
Succeeded by
Hermann II

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