Duke Heinrich of Bavaria & Saxony (nicknamed the Lion), died 1195,
referred in a charter dated before ?1190 to his late kinsman, Friedrich
II, Count Palatine of Saxony, Count of Sommerschenburg, founder of
Marienthal monastery ["... quam pie memorie Frithericus palatinus,
fundator ipsius coenobii, cognatus noster") [Reference: Die Urkunden
Heinrichs des Löwen Herzogs von Sachsen und Bayern (Monumenta
Germaniae Historica, 500-1500) (1941): 181-182].
Charting their respective ancestries, I find that three of Count
Friedrich II's great-grandparents are unknown, which makes it difficult
at best to be certain how the two men were related. Regardless, I find
that one of Count Friedrich's great-grandparents, Bernard II, Count of
Hövel, was in fact uncle to the ancestral line of Duke Heinrich. If
this is the kinship intended, the two men were related in the 4th and
7th degrees of kindred, or if you prefer third cousins thrice removed,
by virtue of common descent from Gerbege (or Guepa) of Burgundy, died
1018/9, but by different husbands, as charted below.
1. Gerberga (or Guepa) of Burgundy, died 1018/9, married (2nd) Herman
II, Duke of Swabia.
2. Gisele of Swabia, married Bruno II, Count of Brunswick.
3. Liudolf, Count of Brunswick, died 1038.
4. Egbert, Count of Brunswick, died 1067/68.
5. Gertrud of Brunswick, married Heinrich, Count Northeim, Duke of
6. Richensa of Northeim, Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor.
7. Gertrud of Lotharinia, married Henry X, Duke of Bavaria & Saxony.
8. Heinrich "the Lion," Duke of Bavaria and Saxony, died 1195.
1. Gerberge (or Guepa) of Burgundy, died 1018/9, married (1st) Bernard
I, Count of Werl.
2. Bernard II, Count of Hövel, died after 1030.
3. Ida von Werl-Hövel, married Heinrich II, Count of Lauffen.
4. Adelheid of Lauffen, married (2nd) Friedrich I, Count Palatine of
Saxony, Count of Sommerschenburg.
5. Friedrich II, Count Palatine of Saxony, Count of Sommerschenburg,
For additional information on Friedrich II, Count Palatine of Saxony,
Count of Sommerschenburg (died 1162), see the following website:
This post is part of a systematic, exhaustive study into the nature of
kinship among high born medieval European families.
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah