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Otto the Great
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(Nov 23, 912 – May 7, 973, Memleben), East Frankish (not German) king and Holy Roman Emperor.

Otto, the most important of the Ottonians, reigned almost 37 years. Already nominated to the throne in 929/930 by his father, Henry I, he was made king at Aachen on Aug 7/8, 936, through ceremonial enthronement, homage, and anointing. Despite bitter conflicts over issues of succession and rank with his brothers Thankmar and Heinrich (937–941) and his sons Liudolf and Wilhelm (953–955), he was able to strengthen the Empire internally…

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Laudage, Johannes, “Otto the Great”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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