Brun (Saxony)

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Brun (* around 830/840; † February 2, 880 ) from the Liudolfinger family was the son of the Saxon Count Liudolf and Oda. He is considered to be the progenitor of the Brunones .

Brun fell on February 2nd, 880 in the fight against the Normans (see Normannenschlacht 880 ) in the Lüneburg Heath . Brun is counted among the so-called Ebstorf martyrs . The event found its way into the contemporary historiography of the Fulda annals, and the dead were commemorated in the funeral annals of the same monastery as the count and brother of the queen, comes et fr (ater). Their names were even sent to the distant Reichenau monastery , and they are entered there in the fraternization book . Brun's legacy as head of the Liudolfinger family was taken over by his brother Otto the Illustrious .

In the older research it was undisputed that the Liudolfingers occupied the leading position in Saxony in the second half of the 9th century. The progenitor Liudolf, who died in 866, was already considered a "tribal duke", followed by his sons Brun and Otto in his rank. More recent research is more cautious about this view. The emergence of the “younger tribal duchy” in Saxony in the second half of the 9th century is the subject of an intensive reassessment today.

In 1948 the Herzog-Bruno-Weg in Hamburg-Niendorf was named after him.


  1. Matthias Becher, Rex, Dux and Gens. Investigations into the development of the Saxon duchy in the 9th and 10th centuries. Husum 1996, p. 66.
  2. ^ Gerd Althoff, The Ottonians. Royal rule without a state . 2nd ext. Edition, Stuttgart 2005, p. 25.
  3. Rita Bake : A Memory of the City. Streets, squares, bridges named after women and men , Volume 3, as of December 2017, p. 689 ( PDF file )