Hermann Billung Duke of Saxony 1 2
- Born: Between 900 and 912, <Saxony, (Germany)>
- Marriage (1): Hildegarde of Westerbourg
- Died: 27 Mar 973, Quedlinburg, (Harz, Saxony-Anhalt), (Germany)
Other names for Hermann were Herman Duke of Saxony and Herman Billung Duke of Saxony.
From Wikipedia - Hermann Billung :
Hermann Billung (900 or 912 - 27 March 973 ) was a Margrave of Saxony and one of the most well-known members of the House of Billung .
Hermann was the son of Billung von Stubenskorn (c. 860-967) and Ermengarde of Nantes (b. 900). Hermann is generally counted as the first Billung Duke of Saxony, but his exact position is unclear. King Otto I appointed Hermann margrave in 936, granting him a march north of the Elbe between the Limes Saxoniae and Peene Rivers. Having more autonomy than his contemporary margrave Gero , Hermann exacted tribute from the Polabian Slavs inhabiting the March of the Billungs . He often fought against the West Slavic tribes of the Redarians , Abotrites , and Wagrians .
By 953 Otto I, who was also Duke of Saxony, began entrusting more and more of his authority in Saxony to Hermann during his absences. However, Hermann was never named as duke in royal documents. Instead, he is named as a military leader, count, and margrave. His son Bernard inherited and strengthened his father's position and managed to be recognized as duke.
Hermann had property around Lüneburg and founded the monastery of St. Michael in that city. He died in Quedlinburg .
Hermann Billung was probably married twice, first to a woman named Oda (who died on 15 March in an unknown year), and second to Hildegarde of Westerbourg.
He had five children:
Bernhard I (died 1011), Duke of Saxony
Liutger (died 26 February 1011) Count in Westfalengau, attested in 991, buried in St. Michaels in Lüneburg, married Emma (died 3 December 1038), buried in the Bremen Cathedral, daughter of Immed IV (Immedinger), sister of Bishop Meinwerk of Paderborn.
Suanhilde (born between 945 and 955, died 28 November 1014, buried in the monastery of Jena, reburied after 1028 in the Georgskirche of Naumburg in Saale, married 1st in 970 Thietmar I (died after 979) Margrave of Meissen , married (2) before 1000 Ekkehard I (murdered 30 April 1002 in Pöhlde); in 992 Margrave of Meissen, buried in the monastery of Jena, reburied after 1028 in the Church of Georg Naumburg (Saale)
Mathilde (born between 935 and 945, died 25 May 1008 in Ghent St. Peter), married 1st in 961 to Balduin III, Count of Flanders (died 1 January 962), married second Gottfried der Gefangene (died on 3/4 April after 995) in 963/982, Count of Verdun (Wigeriche), buried in St. Peter's in Ghent
Imma, in 995 Abbess of Herford
Noted events in his life were:
• Margrave of Saxony.
Hermann married Hildegarde of Westerbourg. (Hildegarde of Westerbourg was born about 897 in <Westerbourg, Saxony, (Germany)>.)