Saxon Dynasty

Saxon Dynasty

 

a German ruling house. Members of the dynasty were kings of Germany from 919 to 1024 and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire from 962.

The founder of the dynasty was Henry I, who ruled from 919 to 936. Otto I ruled from 936 to 973 and became emperor in 962. Otto II ruled from 973 to 983, and Otto III from 983 to 1002. With the death of Otto III, the direct line of the dynasty came to an end, and the Bavarian duke Henry, a member of a collateral line, became king. He ruled as Henry II from 1002 to 1024. When Henry died, the Saxon dynasty was replaced by the Franconian dynasty.

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Similarly, the Saxon dynasty's traditional interest in mining, the mainstay of its revenues since the fifteenth century, led naturally to a preoccupation with alchemy and the dream of turning base metals into gold.
But if we ask who requisitioned Edmund as a national saint and hero, we could do worse than look to the West Saxon dynasty, who, with startling inventiveness, brought the notion of 'Englishkind' into being and used the martyred king as a symbol of all that it stood for.
Prince John's plan to marry Rowena to the Norman Maurice de Bracy is an attempt at annihilating the Saxon dynasty, while Cedric's plan to marry her to Athelstane, "that last scion of Saxon royalty" (295), is an attempt at preserving it.
The Normans and their successors were certainly interested in presenting themselves as the legitimate heirs of their Anglo-Saxon predecessors, but favoured the recognised royal saints, especially Edmund of the East Angles, killed by the Danish army which Alfred defeated, and Edward the Confessor, the last ruler of the old West Saxon dynasty. St Edmund and St Edward can be seen supporting Richard II on the Wilton diptych, and members of the later medieval royal houses were named after them.