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  • ID: I50777
  • Name: Alberto Azzo II d' Este
  • Suffix: Marquis of Modena
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 1097 in Vangadizza monastery
  • Note: 1

    Azzo d?Este II, 996?1097, lord of Este and the founder of his family?s greatness, was invested with Milan by the emperor. Azzo?s son, Guelph d?Este IV or Welf IV, d. 1101, was adopted by his maternal uncle, Guelph III, whom he succeeded as duke of Carinthia. In 1070 he was made duke of Bavaria. The grandfather of Henry the Proud of Bavaria and Saxony, Guelph IV was the founder of the German line of the Guelphs, from whom the British royal family is descended. He died on Cyprus while crusading.
    Azzo d?Este II had another son, who continued the Italian line of the house.
    The last duke, Ercole d?Este III, was deposed in 1796 by the French and died in 1803. His daughter, Maria Beatrice, married Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, a son of Austrian Emperor Francis I, who founded the house of Austria-Este.
    The lordship of the town of Este was first acquired by Alberto Azzo II., who also bore the title of marquis of Italy' (d. c. r097); he married Kunitza or Kunegonda, sister of Welf or Guelph III., duke of Carinthia. Welf died without issue, and was succeeded by Welf IV., son of Kunitza, who married a daughter of Otto II., duke of Bavaria, and who obtained the duchy of Bavaria in 1070. Through him the house of Este became connected with the princely houses of Brunswick and Hanover, from which the sovereigns of England are descended. The Italian titles and estates were inherited by Folco I. (1060-1135), son of Alberto Azzo by his second wife Gersende, daughter of Herbert I., count of Maine.
    Azzon II d'ESTE; né env. 1018 à Palerme,99,,,,ITALIE, Marquis, décédé 1097.
    Marié (2) 1056, avec Gersende Du Maine; née env. 1030, décédée avant 1076.
    Marié (3) 1076, avec Mathilde Pallavicini; née env. 1050, décédée 1115.
    Marié (1) 1035, avec Cunégonde de Saxe; née env. 1020, décédée le 18 avril 1054.
  • _UID: C25D0F72CA724D159174F56925DAEF1AA9E5
  • Change Date: 17 MAR 2007

    Father: Azzon I d' Este
    Mother: Artopergue

    Marriage 1 Cunigunde of Altdorf
    • Married: 1035
    1. Has Children Guelph IV Of Bavaria

    Marriage 2 Garsinde du Maine
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Folco d' Este

    1. Text: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.
      Copyright © 2001-05 Columbia University Press.
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