Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor Biography
(Holy Roman Emperor (962-973))
Birthday: November 23, 912 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Wallhausen, Germany
Otto I was the Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. He was the eldest son of Henry I the Fowler. He was also the German king from 936. After inheriting the kingdom after his father’s death in 936, he began uniting the German tribes into a single kingdom. He installed his family members in his kingdom’s prominent regions through personal appointments and strategic marriages. Born in 912, Otto initially served as a commander when the German kingdom battled Wendish tribes under his father’s rule. He married Eadgyth, daughter of English King Edward the Elder in 930. His coronation took place six years later, in August 936. During his reign, Otto transformed the Catholic Church to enhance his royal authority. In 955, he defeated the Hungarians at the Battle of Lechfeld and later occupied the Kingdom of Italy. His later years were marked by struggles to stabilize his dominance over Italy and conflicts with the papacy. The king finally returned to his nation in 972 and died the following year. He was succeeded by his son Otto II.