Adela of Louvain (died 1083)

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Adela of Louvain (d.1083) was margravine of Meissen and later, margravine of the Saxon Ostmark.


Adela was the daughter of Lambert II of Louvain and Uda of Lorraine (also called Oda of Verdun), daughter of Gothelo I of Lorraine.

Before 1060, Adela of Louvain, married Otto I, Margrave of Meissen, Count of Weimar. After Otto’s death in 1067 Eckbert I, Margrave of Meissen attempted to repudiate his own wife, Immilla of Turin in order to marry Adela and secure his hold on the mark of Meissen. Eckbert died in 1068, and the following year, Adela married Dedi I of Lusatia. Dedi also tried to claim the mark of Meissen through marriage to Adela, and rebelled against Henry IV of Germany when Henry refused to invest Dedi with this property. Lampert of Hersfeld depicted Adela as the driving force behind Dedi’s rebellion, calling her a “most ferocious wife” (saevissima uxor).[1] According to Lampert, Adela goaded Dedi into action by telling him: “if he were a man, he would not receive this injustice un-avenged, nor would he conduct himself with less courage than her first husband [Otto]”.[2] Lambert adds that it was rumoured that Adela was behind the assassination of Dedi II (Dedi I’s son by his first wife, Oda) in 1069.[3]


With her first husband, Otto, Adela had the following children:

With her second husband, Dedi, Adela had the following children:

  • Henry, who later ruled both Lusatia and Meissen
  • Conrad, who died in battle with the Wends.


  1. ^ Lampert, Annales, a.1069, p. 107; trans. Robinson, Lampert, pp. 118-9; Patzold, Die frühen Wettiner, pp. 18-20, 97.
  2. ^ Lampert, Annales, a.1069, 107.
  3. ^ Lampert, Annales, a.1069, 108f.


  • Lampert of Hersfeld, Annales, in O. Holder-Egger (ed.), Lamperti monachi Hersfeldensis Opera, MGH SS rer Germ 38 (Hanover, 1894).
  • I.S. Robinson, The Annals of Lampert of Hersfeld (Manchester, 2015)
  • S. Patzold, Die frühen Wettiner. Adelsfamilie und Hausüberlieferung bis 1221 (Cologne, 1997).
Adela of Louvain (died 1083)
Born: c. 1025
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Margravine of Meissen
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oda of the Saxon Ostmark
Margravine of Lower Lusatia
c. 1069-1075
Succeeded by