Otto IV


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Otto IV,

1175?–1218, Holy Roman emperor (1209–15) and German king, son of Henry the LionHenry the Lion,
1129–95, duke of Saxony (1142–80) and of Bavaria (1156–80); son of Henry the Proud. His father died (1139) while engaged in a war to regain his duchies, and it was not until 1142 that Henry the Lion became duke of Saxony.
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, duke of Saxony. He was brought up at the court of his uncle King Richard I of England, who secured his election (1198) as antiking to Philip of SwabiaPhilip of Swabia
, 1176?–1208, German king (1198–1208), son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I. After the death (1197) of his brother, German King and Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, he unsuccessfully attempted to secure the succession in Germany of his infant nephew,
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 after the death of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VIHenry VI,
1165–97, Holy Roman emperor (1191–97) and German king (1190–97), son and successor of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Frederick Barbarossa). He was crowned German king at Aachen in 1169 and king of Italy at Milan in 1186 after his marriage to
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. Civil war in Germany ensued. The murder of Philip (June, 1208), who had just been recognized by Pope Innocent IIIInnocent III,
b. 1160 or 1161, d. 1216, pope (1198–1216), an Italian, b. Anagni, named Lotario di Segni; successor of Celestine III. Innocent III was succeeded by Honorius III.
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 as king, although not Otto's work, revived his cause; he won over the princes by submitting to a new election (Nov., 1208). By the charter of Speyer (Mar., 1209), Otto confirmed his earlier acknowledgment (1201) of the papacy's rights to the Papal States and his promise of aid in upholding papal suzerainty over Sicily. He also conceded the freedom of episcopal elections and the unrestricted right of appeal to the pope. However, no sooner was he crowned emperor (Oct., 1209) at Rome than he reverted to the Hohenstaufen policy of dominance over Italy. He seized (1210) the lands left to the church by MatildaMatilda,
1046–1115, countess of Tuscany, called the Great Countess; supporter of Pope Gregory VII in the papal conflict with the Holy Roman emperors. Ruling over Tuscany and parts of Emilia-Romagna and Umbria, she controlled the most powerful feudal state in central Italy.
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 of Tuscany. Only when he invaded Apulia and prepared to attack Sicily, however, did Innocent III excommunicate him (1210). Prompted by the pope and by King Philip II of France, some of the German nobles revolted and elected the Hohenstaufen, Frederick of Sicily (later Holy Roman Emperor Frederick IIFrederick II,
1194–1250, Holy Roman emperor (1220–50) and German king (1212–20), king of Sicily (1197–1250), and king of Jerusalem (1229–50), son of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI and of Constance, heiress of Sicily.
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), as king. In the ensuing war Otto was supported by the nobles of the Lower Rhine and of the northeast, as well as by his uncle King John of England, but he was defeated (1214) at Bouvines by Philip II of France. The pope declared him deposed in 1215.
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In that work, which consists of a broad beige field covered with a mix of ropy skeins, pronounced splatters, and variously emphatic and doodling gestures in predominantly black, red, and white paint, and which was painted in the course of one afternoon on April 25, 1954 (for the rapidly approaching Salon de Mai), Mathieu had set himself the goal of "reconstructing on canvas the decisive 13th-century conflict between the armies of the King of France and Emperor Otto IV.
Rather than confront the all-too-fresh ignominies of military surrender, German occupation, and French collaboration, the self-professed royalist appeals time and again to the France of the Capetian kings and their inaugural triumph over the German emperor Otto IV.
Otto IV was the son of Henry the Lion and Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, and from 1209 to 1218 he reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor.
To mark the first exhibition focusing on the only emperor from the House of Welf, the Braunschweig State Museum has brought together top exhibits from all over Europe and will present them in their original setting around the unique Burgplatz in Braunschweig, which was a central location in the life of Otto IV.
As Gervase of Tilbury tells us in his prologue, Recreation for an Emperor was written to take the mind of the Emperor Otto IV off his man), troubles, in about 1215.
Literature is covered by five contributions: on literature from the Welf court dealing with Charles the Great, on literature at the court of Henry the Lion and in the circle of Otto IV, on Gervase of Tilbury and his possible connection with the Ebstorf mappa mundi, and on the association of the Welfs with the Sachsenspiegel.
Hucker trawls much further afield, seeing Otto IV against an Angevin as well as a German background.
Indeed, Nix credits Walther with considerable insider knowledge provided by members of the inner circle of King Philipp or the Emperor Otto IV, or by the ruler himself (p.
105,13 is not a plea directed at Otto IV to show mercy towards his enemy, the renegade Hermann of Thuringia but, on the contrary, an attempt to disrupt peace negotiations between prince and emperor.
She argues that this work is a striking reflection of tumultuous contemporary events: the protracted struggles between Philip of Swabia and Otto IV for the imperial crown in the two decades following the death of Emperor Henry VI (1197).