Arnold I. (Kleve)

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Arnold I. von Kleve (* around 1100; † February 20, 1147 ) was Count of Kleve from 1119 to 1147 .


Arnold I succeeded as the second Count of Kleve to expand the territories of his father Dietrich I significantly to the detriment of the Lower Rhine monasteries and the Cologne bishop . Between 1119 and 1122 he was given the bailiff's rights over the St. Viktor monastery and the Fürstenberg monastery in Xanten , Cologne , and the local bailiwick over the Xanten possessions in the Hetter . Through his marriage to Ida of Louvain , the daughter of Godfrey the Bearded of Lower Lorraine , in 1120 came as a dowry in Wesel location owned by the Abbey of Echternach and the Weselerwald county to Kleve, also gained Graf Arnold Vogt rights over the Wesel Kloster Oberdorf . The connection with the ducal family also gave him greater independence from the Cologne archbishopric . He also donated the Bedburg Monastery founded by Norbert von Xanten and had the St. Clemens Monastery in Wissel , which was destroyed around 1115, restored. From 1126 Arnold was at the court of the bishop of Utrecht , whose fiefdom was his son Dietrich II .

Count Arnold von Kleve was buried in the Kleve collegiate church.

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Individual evidence

  1. cf. Tobias Weller: The marriage policy of the German nobility in the 12th century. Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-412-11104-X , p. 479 f.
  2. Andreas Daams: St. Mark's Church is Count Arnold's great monument. In: online edition. WAZ , December 17, 2012, accessed February 22, 2016 .
  3. dune village Wissel. In: Retrieved February 22, 2016 .
predecessor Office successor
Dietrich I./III. Count of Kleve
Dietrich II./IV.