Birth: c 895, ;
Death: Mar 14, 968; ;
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- Queen consort of Germany
- Princess of Ringelheim
Mathilda (c. 895 -- March 14, 968) was the wife of Henry I the Fowler, King of the East Franks and the first ruler of the Ottonian or Liudolfing dynasty. Their son, Otto, succeeded his father as Otto I the Great.
Our knowledge of Mathilda's life comes largely from brief mentions in the Res Gestae Saxonicae (Deeds of the Saxons) of the monastic historian Widukind of Corvey, and from two sacred biographies (the vita antiquior and vita posterior) written, respectively, in c. 974 and c. 1003. Mathilda was the daughter of the Westfalian count Dietrich and his wife Reinhild, and her biographers traced her ancestry back to the famed eighth and ninth-century Saxon hero, Widukind. As a young girl, she was sent to the convent of Herford, where her reputation for beauty and virtue is said to have attracted the attention of Duke Otto of Saxony, who betrothed her to his son, Henry.
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