Welf II, Count of Swabia

Welf II (c. 960/70 - died 10 March 1030) was a Swabian count and a member of the Elder House of Welf.

Welf II
Count of Altdorf
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Count Welf II in the Weingarten Stifterbüchlein, c. 1510
Died10 March 1030
Bodman Castle
BuriedWeingarten Abbey
Noble familyElder House of Welf
Spouse(s)Imiza of Luxembourg
IssueWelf, Duke of Carinthia
Kunigunde of Altdorf
FatherRudolf II, Count of Altdorf
MotherIta of Öhningen


He was a younger son of Count Rudolf II and Ita, a daughter of Duke Conrad I of Swabia of the Conradine dynasty.[1] He constructed a castle at Ravensburg.[1]

In the 1020s, Welf feuded with the Augsburg and Freising bishops.[2] He pillaged the treasury of Bishop Bruno of Augsburg, brother of Emperor Henry II, and sacked the city of Augsburg.[3]

Welf opposed the election of the Salian count Conrad II as King of the Romans in 1024 because it did not suit his interests, but he had to eventually relent.[4] The next year he joined a rebellion launched by the Babenberg duke Ernest II of Swabia, but finally submitted in 1027.[5] He died, probably in captivity, in 1030.[6] He was buried at Weingarten Abbey.[7]

Marriage and issueEdit

Welf II was married to Imiza, daughter of Count Frederick of Luxembourg.[1] With Imiza, Welf had at least two children:


  • Freed, John B. (2016). Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth. Yale University Press.
  • Dick, Madelyn Bergen (2001). "Welfs". In Jeep, John M. (ed.). Routledge Revivals: Medieval Germany (2001): An Encyclopedia. Routledge.
  • F-R. Erkens, Konrad II. Herrschaft und Reich des ersten Salierkaisers (Regensburg 1998).
  • Reuter, Timothy. Germany in the Early Middle Ages 800–1056. New York: Longman, 1991.
  • B. Schneidmüller: Die Welfen. Herrschaft und Erinnerung (819–1252). (Stuttgart, 2000), pp. 119–123.
  • A. Thiele, Erzählende genealogische Stammtafeln zur europäischen Geschichte Band I, Teilband 1 (Frankfurt/Main 1993).
  • T. Zotz, 'Welf II.,' in: Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA), Volume 8 (Munich, 1997), cols. 2143–2144.

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  1. ^ a b c Freed 2016, p. 13.
  2. ^ Schneidmüller: Die Welfen, pp. 121ff.
  3. ^ Reuter, Germany, p. 204.
  4. ^ Reuter, Germany, p. 203.
  5. ^ Erkens, Konrad II. Herrschaft und Reich, pp. 77f.
  6. ^ Zotz, 'Welf II.,' col. 2144.
  7. ^ Schneidmüller: Die Welfen, p. 123.
  8. ^ a b Dick 2001, p. 804.