Who married Bernard II, Duke of Saxony?

Eilika of Schweinfurt married Bernard II, Duke of Saxony .

Bernard II, Duke of Saxony

Bernard II, Duke of Saxony

Bernard II (c. 995 – 29 June 1059) was the Duke of Saxony between 1011 and 1059, the third of the Billung dynasty as a son of Bernard I and Hildegard. Besides his position in Saxony, he had the rights of a count in Frisia.

Bernard expanded the powers of the duke in Saxony and is regarded as the greatest of the Billungers. He was originally a supporter of Holy Roman Emperor Henry II, and he accompanied him into Poland to negotiate the Peace of Bautzen of 1018. In 1019–1020, however, he revolted against Henry and gained the recognition of the tribal laws of Saxony, something his father had failed to do. He then returned to war with the Obodrites and Lutici (two Slavic tribes) and drew them into his sphere of influence through their leader Gottschalk.

He supported Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II in 1024 and his son Henry III, though he began to fear the latter for his closeness to the Archbishop Adalbert of Bremen, whom he considered a spy and inveterate enemy of the dukes of Saxony. Although he was a critical ally of the Danes, who provided fundamental support for Henry's wars in the Low Countries, Bernard was on the brink of rebellion until the death of Adalbert. The remainder of his reign, however, was quiet.

In 1045, he erected the Alsterburg in Hamburg. He died in 1059 and was succeeded without incident by his son Ordulf. He is buried in the Church of Saint Michael in Lüneburg.

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Eilika of Schweinfurt

Eilika of Schweinfurt (c. 1005 – after 10 Dec 1059) was Duchess consort of Saxony.

She came from a Bavarian noble family as the daughter of Margrave Henry of Schweinfurt and Gerberga of Gleiberg (970 – aft. 1036).

Around 1020, Eilika married Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and was mother of:

  • Ordulf, Duke of Saxony (1022 – 1072)
  • Herman (d. 1086)
  • Gertrude (d. 1115), married Floris I, Count of Holland in 1050 and Robert I, Count of Flanders in 1063
  • Hedwig, married Engelbert I, Count of Spanheim (d. 1096)
  • Ida (d. 31 Jul 1102), married Frederick, Duke of Lower Lorraine (d. 1065) with the county of La Roche as a dowry, and Count Albert III of Namur

Siblings of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and their spouses: