Lothair II


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Lothair II

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(Biography) called the Saxon. ?1070–1137, German king (1125–37) and Holy Roman Emperor (1133–37). He was elected German king over the hereditary Hohenstaufen claimant
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Born about 1100, the only son of Otto the Rich, count of Ballenstedt, and his wife Eilika, daughter of Magnus Billung of Saxony; involved in dynastic squabbles after 1123; served in Italy on behalf of Emperor Lothair II (1132) and was rewarded by him with a border district to the northeast of the Elbe River (1134); proclaimed himself margrave of Brandenburg and waged war against the Wends (c.