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  1. MATILDA *: Birth: 1104. Death: 19 SEP 1167

1. Author:   William Norwood Hollis, MA
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2. Title:   Who's Who Portrait Gallery Index

a. Note:   der Vogler) was the founder of the Saxon dynasty of kings and emperorsin Germany. Although he never took the title "Emperor" (his son Ottowas the first to revive the title centuries after the Carolingians),future emperors would reckon the numbering of "Henrys" from his reign.How he got his nickname is uncertain; one story has it that he wascalled "fowler" because he was setting bird snares when informed ofhis election as king, but that is probably a myth. When his father, Duke Otto the Illustrious, died in 912, Henry becameDuke of Saxony. Six years later, Conrad I of Franconia designatedHenry as his heir shortly before he died. Henry now controlled two ofthe four most significant duchies in Germany, the nobles of whichelected him king of Germany in May of 919. However, the other twoimportant duchies, Bavaria and Swabia, did not recognize him as theirking. Henry had respect for the autonomy of the various duchies of Germany,but he also wanted them to unite in a confederation. He managed toforce Burchard, the duke of Swabia, to submit to him in 919, but heallowed Burchard to retain administrative control over his duchy. Inthat same year, Bavarian and East Frankish nobles elected Arnulf, dukeof Bavaria, as king of Germany, and Henry met the challenge with twomilitary campaigns, forcing Arnulf to submit in 921. Though Arnulfgave up his claim to the throne, he retained control of his duchy ofBavaria. Four years later Henry defeated Giselbert, king ofLotharingia, and brought the region back under German control.Giselbert was allowed to remain in charge of Lotharingia as duke, andin 928 he married Henry's daughter, Gerberga. In 924 the barbarian Magyar tribe invaded Germany. Henry agreed to paythem tribute and to return a hostage chief in exchange for a nine-yearhalt to raids on German lands. Henry used the time well; he builtfortified towns, trained mounted warriors into a formidable army, andled them in some solid victories against various Slavic tribes. Whenthe nine-year truce ended, Henry refused to pay more tribute, and theMagyars resumed their raids. But Henry crushed them at Riade in Marchof 933, putting an end to the Magyar threat to the Germans. Henry's last campaign was an invasion of Denmark through which theterritory of Schleswig became part of Germany. Important Dates Defeats Magyars at Riade: March 15, 933 Died: July 2, 936
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