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Attested since the early 9th century as a leading noble family in Franconia, the Guelphs held ruling authority in the entire Alpine region. The older line of the Guelphs (extinct in 1055) concentrated their holdings especially in Bavaria and Swabia (house monastery in Weingarten). The younger line of Guelphs shifted the center of their control to Saxony: as duke of Bavaria and Saxony, Henry the Lion strove for royal status; in the region of the Slavic Missions he also utilized the organization of the church to these ends (founding the diocese o…

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Otte, Hans, “Guelphs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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