Henry IV (1050-1106)

"Henry IV (German: Heinrich IV; 11 November 1050 – 7 August 1106) was Holy Roman Emperor from 1084 to 1105, king of Germany from 1054 to 1105, king of Italy and Burgundy from 1056 to 1105, and duke of Bavaria from 1052 to 1054. He was the elder of the two sons of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Agnes of Poitou. He was designated as his father sole heir on Christmas 1050. His father died on 5 October 1056 and the six-year-old Henry was placed under his mother´s guardianship. Empress Agnes made lavish grants to the German aristocrats to secure their support. Unlike her late husband, she could not control the election of the popes, thus the idea of the "freedom of the church" spread during her rule. Taking advantage of the Empress´s weakness, Archbishop Anno II of Cologne kidnapped Henry in April 1062. Anno administered Germany until Henry came of age in 1065, but Archbishop Adalbert of Hamburg gained the young King´s confidence." - ( 28.09.2019)

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father of Agnes of Germany (1072-1143) [daughter of], Bertha of Savoy (1051-1087) [mother of]
official Emperor Holy Roman Empire
was born 11.11.1050
died Liège 07.08.1106
was buried Speyer Cathedral
son of Henry III (1016-1056) [father of], Agnes of Poitou (1025-1077) [mother of]
Husband of Bertha of Savoy (1051-1087) 1066-1087
Husband of Eupraxia of Kiev (1070-1109) 1089-1106
father of Heinrich V. (Kaiser HRR) (1081-1125) [son of], Bertha of Savoy (1051-1087) [mother of]
father of Konrad (III.) (HRR) (1074-1101) [son of], Bertha of Savoy (1051-1087) [mother of]
official King Holy Roman Empire


bridegroom Bertha of Savoy (1051-1087) Trebur Juli 1066
bridegroom Eupraxia of Kiev (1070-1109) Cologne 1089

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Speyer Cathedral8.442500114440949.317222595215Burial placedb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622
Trebur8.409166336059649.924167633057place of weddingdb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622
Cologne6.957777976989750.942222595215place of weddingdb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.0622

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