Mists of History: Henry the Fowler

On this date, in 943, the King of Germany died.  This man was known as King Henry the Fowler.  He had been Duke of Saxony under his predecessor, Konrad the Younger, a Frankish lord.  Upon Konrad’s death, Henry was elected King by the lords of the realm.  Henry had not Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-H08447,_Quedlinburg,_Heinrichs-Feier,_Heinrich_Himmler.jpgexpected this honor and was away in the forest pursuing his greatest love – hunting.  It took several days for the messengers to find him and when they did he was mending his bird-catching nets, thus his nickname, the Fowler.  Henry’s reign was marked by invasions and raids from the Magyars (Hungarians) to the East.  Henry successfully repelled many of these invasions and found a peace with his eastern neighbors.  His family would hold the King of Germany title for the next century as the Ottonian Dynasty.  Much later in history, Henry’s name was taken up by Nazi Germany as the first German king of Germany.

Featured Image: “Henry the Fowler.” By Zigarettenbildchen., Public Domain.
Image 1. “Himler Visiting Henry’s Grave.” By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H08447 / CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Source. Haaren, John Henry. “Henry the Fowler.” Famous Men of the Middle Ages. 1904.

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