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Unformatted text preview: Otto, as Charlemagne before him, was drawn into Italy. When Rudolph II of Burgundy died in 937, the Italian king Hugh of Arles had tried to occupy it, and was fought off by Otto. In 951, he established direct control over Lombardy, emplacing bishops in control of secular affairs in their dioceses, expanding the German model. He was not able to assume the crown himself, as a German revolt led by Swabian and Bavarian dukes required his attention. As well, he was facing renewed Magyar troubles and resoundingly defeated them in 955 at Lechfeld. Only in 962 did Pope John XII crown him emperor. The latter did this in a power play against a rival Roman noble-ecclesiastical faction, yet rebelled against Otto when the new Emperor indicated he meant to rule as well as reign. Upon hearing news of the revolt, Otto held a synod that deposed the Pope and appointed a new one. Around the same time, the German Emperor was able to come to terms and appointed a new one....
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08