Person:Bernard II, Duke of Saxony (1)

Bernhard II. Billung von Sachsen
m. Abt 990
  1. Othelindis van Saksen985 - 1044
  2. Bernhard II. Billung von Sachsen995 - 1059
  3. Godesdiu of Saxony - Abt 1040
m. Abt 1020
  1. Ordulf _____, Duke of Saxony1020 - 1072
  2. Geertruida Billung van SaksenAbt 1028 - 1113
  3. Ida von Sachsen1048 - 1102
  4. Hermann von Sachsen - 1086
Facts and Events
Name[5] Bernhard II. Billung von Sachsen
Alt Name[1][2][3] Barnard II _____, Duke of Saxony
Gender Male
Birth[1] 995 House of Billung
Title (nobility)[5] From 1011 to 1059 Herzog von Sachsen
Marriage Abt 1020 Sachsen, Germanyto Eilika von Schweinfurt
Alt Marriage 1050 to Eilika von Schweinfurt
Death[1][5] 29 Jun 1059 Lüneburg, Niedersachsen, Germany
Burial[5] Lüneburg, Niedersachsen, GermanySt.-Michaelis-Kirche
Reference Number? Q435137?
Title (nobility)[5] Vogt zu Lüneburg, Verden, Möllenbeck, Minden, Herford, Kemnade (Holzminden) und Fischbeck und besaß Grafenrechte bis nach Friesland hin

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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 Conrad's 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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    Bernhard II. (* nach 990; † 29. Juni 1059) aus der Familie der Billunger war seit dem Jahr 1011 Herzog in Sachsen. Er war der Sohn von Herzog Bernhard I. und Hildegard, einer Tochter des Grafen Heinrich I. „Der Kahle“ von Stade, und ein Enkel von Hermann Billung. Seine Geschwister waren: Imma, Godesti, Othelendis, Mathilde und Thietmar.