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Saint Matilda of Saxony
(c.895 - d.968 )

Daughter of Count Dietrich of Westphalia and Reinhild of Denmark, she was raised by her grandmother, abbess of the Eufurt. In 913, Matilda left the abbey, and married of King Henry the Fowler of Saxony, who had received an annulment from a previous marriage.

Mother of:
* Otto I, King of Germany (7/8/936 - 7/5/973) and Holy Roman Emporer (2/2/962 -7/5/973)
* Henry the Quarrelsome, Duke of Bavaria
* Saint Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne
* Gerberga, wife of King Louis IV of France
* Hedwig, mother of Hugh Capet.

Matilda was betrayed by her son Otto after Henry the Fowler's death - he falsely accused her of financial mismanagement. Matilda founded several Benedictine abbeys. She was well known throughout the realm for her generosity; she taught the ignorant; comforted the sick; and visited prisoners.

Feast Day: 14th March.

"For my part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity: The throne is a glorious sepulchre."
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