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By Gerd Althoff

Otto III (980–1002) was once probably the most strong rulers in Europe within the past due 10th century. he's additionally essentially the most enigmatic. The son of the German emperor Otto II and the Greek princess Theophanu, he got here to the throne on the age of 3 and used to be merely twenty-one years previous on the time of his dying. still, his reign had an enduring impression on either Germany and Italy for generations. during this booklet, Gerd Althoff offers a much-needed biography of this attention-grabbing determine. within the technique, he makes use of Otto’s existence to provide an explanation for how in perform early medieval kingship worked.

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