Adelheid I (Quedlinburg)

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Adelheid I (* 977 - 14 January 1044 ), the third daughter of Emperor Otto II and his wife Theophanu , was the second abbess of the Quedlinburg Abbey .


Adelheid had lived as a canon in Quedlinburg since 995 . She was raised by her aunt Mathilde , daughter of Otto the Great , the first abbess of Quedlinburg. After her death on February 7, 999, she was elected her successor. On Michaelmas day of the same year the election was repeated and it was consecrated as abbess by Bishop Arnulf in the presence of other bishops and many secular greats. From 999 to 1044 she was in charge of the Quedlinburg Abbey. In the years from 1014 to 1043 she was also the abbess of the combined monasteries of Gernrode and Frose ; at the same time she took over the management of the Vreden monastery . From 1039 to 1043 she was the abbess of the Gandersheim monastery .

When her sister Sophia , Abbess of Gandersheim , died († January 27, 1039), she was also elected here: but since Emperor Conrad II did not agree with this election, she was only introduced into her office after his death.

The Quedlinburg Abbey received donations from her brother, Emperor Otto III. and his successor, Emperor Heinrich II. , both emperors repeatedly spent high festivals in Quedlinburg. The Quedlinburg yearbooks report in detail the consecration of the collegiate church and its altars in the presence of the emperor by Bishop Arnulf von Halberstadt , Archbishop Gero von Magdeburg and other bishops.

Adelheid's year of death is not certain, the information varies between 1040 and 1044.


predecessor Office Successor
Mathilde Abbess of Quedlinburg
999-1040 / 1044
Beatrix I.