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  • adjective Pertaining to a dynasty of Germanic kings including Otto the Great


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  • Otto, with the able assistance of his brother Bruno, archbishop of Cologne, began a cultural revival (the so-called Ottonian Renaissance) in the manner of Charlemagne; late in life, he learned to read, but not to speak, Latin; Bruno knew Greek.


  • In the so-called Ottonian renaissance, however, women were chiefly concerned, led by women of the royal family: Mathilda, Gerberga,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • The Cathedral Cross, the largest Ottonian Cross still existing in the German countries from the 11th century, in a precious casing of the 18th century.

    Catholic Bamberg: The Vestments of Pope Clement II and Other Treasures from the Diocesan Museum

  • The show also includes works from the Carolingian and Ottonian periods, such as the fragment of a relief from the court school of Charles the Great.

    Time Off Europe Calendar

  • His policy was a return to the Ottonian habit of using the Church as a major source of revenue; simony was open, and the reforming party appealed to Rome against Henry.

    d. Germany

  • In Germany, despite the efforts of the Ottonian and Salian kings, feudalism began to take hold and frustrate efforts to create a German state.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • There is a very noticeable similarity between the spirit that animated the hierarchical Ottonian empire and liturgical England, on the one hand, and the new French and Burgundian monasticism of the tenth century on the other.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • The ideal empire of Ottonian Germany was in many ways an ecclesiastical state, and its government worried itself with ecclesiastical affairs.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • Of course the bulk of those opulent knick-knacks manufactured for the Carolingian and Ottonian Emperors, and now to be seen at Aachen, are as beastly as anything else that is made simply to be precious.


  • The German bishops also yielded more and more to the authority of Rome; the Ottonian theory of government was already undermined.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI


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