Berengar II

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Berengar II

(bĕr`ĭng-gər), d. 966, marquis of IvreaIvrea
, city (1991 pop. 24,704), Piedmont, NW Italy, on the Dora Baltea River. It is a commercial and industrial center, and it is the headquarters of Olivetti, an important Italian company. Manufactures include typewriters, computers, and textiles.
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. In 950 he made himself and his son joint kings of Italy, but his great unpopularity and his attempt to force AdelaideAdelaide
or Adelheid
, c.931–999, empress consort of Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, daughter of King Rudolf II of Arles. After the death (950) of her first husband, King Lothair of Italy, she was about to be forced into a marriage with the son of Berengar II,
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, his predecessor's widow, to marry his son, brought the intervention (951) of Otto IOtto I
or Otto the Great,
912–73, Holy Roman emperor (962–73) and German king (936–73), son and successor of Henry I of Germany. He is often regarded as the founder of the Holy Roman Empire.
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 of Germany. Berengar swore fealty to Otto in 952. Later he ravaged Italy and intrigued with Pope John XIIJohn XII,
c.937–964, pope (955–64), a Roman (count of Tusculum) named Octavian; successor of Agapetus II and predecessor of either Leo VIII or Benedict V. His father, Alberic, secured John's election before the latter was 20 years old.
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 against Otto, who captured and imprisoned Berengar in 963.