Gebhard av Lahngau, född 810
i Lahngau, Hessen, Tyskland, död 879
i Lahngau, Hessen, Tyskland. Greve av Lahngau.
Married to Wartrun av NORDGAU 820-875 with
M Udo av LAHNGAU 836-895
M Waldo av LAHNGAU 838-879
M Bertulf av LAHNGAU 840-883
M Berengar av LAHNGAU 842-885
The Conradines or Conradiner were a dynasty of Franconian counts and dukes in the 8th to 11th Century, named after Duke
Conrad the Elder and his son King Conrad I of Germany. The family is first mentioned in 832, with Count Gebhard in the lower
Lahn region. His sons are mentioned in 861 as propinqui (close relatives) of Adalard the Seneschal, who had served Louis the
Pious. But the clan's rise to prominence began with Oda, wife of Emperor Arnulf of Carinthia, who was a member of the family. In
view of his family relationship with Oda, Conrad the Elder was frequently referred to as nepos (nephew, grandson, descendant) of
the Emperor. He and his brothers apparently were in fact Arnulf's closest relatives, and he relied heavily on their support in his
feud with the counts of Babenberg. Arnulf rewarded them by helping them gain territories, beyond their original realm in Hesse, in
Thuringia and the Frankish regions along the Main river. After Arnulf's death, the Conradines were the only blood relatives of the
new king, Louis the Child, and thus the dominant family in the kingdom. Konrad's brother Gebhard became duke of Lorraine in
903. In 906, Conrad the Elder and his son Conrad the Younger decisively defeated the rival counts of Babenberg in the battle of
Fritzlar, thereby attaining supremacy in Franconia. Conrad the Elder died in the battle, but his son became duke of Franconia. Five
years later, after the death of the last Carolingian wearing the crown of East Francia in 911, Conrad was elected king as Conrad I
-- instead of the West Francian (and Carolingian) king Charles the Simple, thus ending Carolingian rule in East Francia. Conrad I
had no children. Having largely failed to secure unity and order in the Empire in the face of obstinate resistance from the dukes of
Swabia, Bavaria and Lorraine, Conrad, on his deathbed in December 918, persuaded his brother Eberhard, margrave and
subsequently duke of Franconia, to forgo any aspiration for the crown for himself and to recommend to the Frankish nobles the
election of the powerful duke of Saxony, Henry the Fowler (Henry I), as next king in order to ensure unity among the German
tribes and preserve the Empire. Eberhard honored this request, and Henry was duly elected at the Reichstag of Fritzlar in 919.
With this, the Conradines reverted to the status of local princes. Conrad's brother Eberhard, the new duke of Franconia, remained
loyal to the new (Saxon) king Henry and for a while (926-928) even held the troubled duchy of Lorraine in order to restore order.
However, when Henry's son Otto the Great became king and emperor, Eberhard unwisely joined Arnulf of Bavaria and Thankmar,
Henry's son from his first marriage, in a rebellion which ended in defeat and Eberhard's death at the battle of Andernach in 939
and the family's loss of the Franconian duchy. In 982 the family temporarily regained the duchy of Swabia, which they had
inherited in 926 but then lost again, but they held it only until 1012. In 1036, the last Conradine count died and the family (in the
male line) became extinct.
The Lahngau was a medieval territory comprising the middle and lower Lahn River valley in the current German states of Hesse
and (partially) Rhineland-Palatinate. The traditional names of the Gau are Loganahe Pagus or Pagus Logenensis. The Lahngau
was the East Frankish ancestral homeland of the Conradines. It was divided in ca. 900 into the Upper and Lower Lahngau
(translated from the German Oberlahngau and Niederlahngau [or Unterlahngau], respectively).
Gebhard was count in the Lahngau and the first documented ancestor of the dynasty later known as the Conradines. He was a
"leading man of the East-Franks" and a brother-in-law of Ernest, margrave of the Bavarian Nordgau. Gebhard may be a son of
Odo I, Count of Orléans, if identical with Udo the Elder, count in the Lahngau from 821 to 826. In 838, he allied with Poppo of
Grapfeld and Otgar, Archbishop of Mainz, against the rebellious Louis the German and in favour of the emperor Louis the Pious.
Wartrun av Nordgau, född 820
i Oberpfalz, Bayern, Tyskland, död 875 i Lahngau, Hessen, Tyskland.
Udo av Lahngau, född 836, död 895