Eckard II, Margrave of Meissen
Eckard II (born ca. 985; died 24 January 1046) was the margrave of Meissen from 1038 until his death, succeeding his brother, Herman I
Herman I, Margrave of Meissen
Herman I was the Margrave of Meissen from 1009 until his death. He was the eldest son of Eckard I of Meissen and Swanehilde.Herman married Regelinda, daughter of Boleslaus I of Poland. In 1007, he was created Count of Bautzen. He and his brother Eckard II feuded with their uncle Gunzelin in what...

. His line was descended from Eckard I
Eckard I, Margrave of Meissen
Eckard I was Margrave of Meissen from 985 until his death, the first margrave of the Ekkehardinger family that dominated Meissen until the extinction of the line in 1046.-Life:...

. He was the last of his dynasty, with his death the Ekkehardinger margraves died out.

As guardian of the eastern frontiers against Poland
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 and Bohemia
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, he was often serving Conrad II or Henry III against these menaces, including the Bohemian Achilles, Duke Bretislaus I
Bretislaus I of Bohemia
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. This last, allied with Peter Urseolo of Hungary, who was raiding Bavaria
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, made great gains in Lusatia
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 and Poland such that the emperor feared him. Eckard took part in both of Henry's campaigns, for he was Henry's loyalest and most trusted ally, in 1040 and 1041: the first unsuccessful, the latter a victory which forced a peace treaty. Eckard remained one of Henry's closest advisors until his death during a Saxon
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 of 1046. He bequeathed his exceptional wealth and his title and land to Henry, who bestowed the margravate on William, count of Orlamünde
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