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Otto III
(980 - 1002) Germany

Otto III

Holy Roman Emperor


Otto IIIBorn in Kessel, Cleve, son of Otto II, died in Castel Paterno, Italy. He controlled the Pope's politics, and renewed the empire on the example of Charles the Great, and chieved the total christianization of Poland and Hungary.

Otto's death has been attributed to various causes; medieval sources speak of malaria, which he had caught in the unhealthy marshes that surrounded Ravenna.

The Romans suggested instead that Stefania, the widow of Crescentius, had made him fall in love with her and then poisoned him.

Otto's body was carried back to Germany by his loyal soldiers, and buried in Aachen Cathedral together with that of Charlemagne. His tomb, however, has been lost.


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