Herman IV, Duke of Swabia
Herman IV was the Duke of Swabia
Duke of Swabia
The following is a list of Dukes of Swabia in southwest Germany.Swabia was one of the five stem duchies of the medieval German kingdom, and its dukes were thus among the most powerful magnates of Germany. The most notable family to hold Swabia were the Hohenstaufen, who held it, with a brief...

 (1030–1038). He was the second son of Ernest I
Ernest I, Duke of Swabia
Ernest I was Duke of Swabia . He was a younger son of Leopold I, the Babenberg Margrave of Austria....

 and Gisela of Swabia
Gisela of Swabia
Gisela of Swabia was the daughter of Herman II of Swabia and Gerberga of Burgundy. Both her parents were descendents of Charlemagne.-Life:...

. He was one of the Babenberg
Originally from Bamberg in Franconia, now northern Bavaria, an apparent branch of the Babenbergs or Babenberger went on to rule Austria as counts of the march and dukes from 976–1248, before the rise of the house of Habsburg.-One or two families:...

 dukes of Swabia.

Herman became duke in 1030 following the death of his older brother Ernest II. At the time he was still a minor.

Seven years later, his stepfather, the Emperor Conrad II, married him to Adelaide of Susa
Adelaide of Susa
Adelaide of Susa was the Marchioness of Turin from 1034 to her death. She moved the seat of the march from Turin to Susa and settled the itinerant court there...

, the marchioness of Turin, in January 1037. In July of the next year, while campaigning with Conrad in Southern Italy, he was struck down by an epidemic near Naples
Naples is a city in Southern Italy, situated on the country's west coast by the Gulf of Naples. Lying between two notable volcanic regions, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, it is the capital of the region of Campania and of the province of Naples...

. Conrad then transferred rule of the duchy to his own son, Henry I
Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor
Henry III , called the Black or the Pious, was a member of the Salian Dynasty of Holy Roman Emperors...

, while Adelaide remarried to Henry of Montferrat.

He was buried in Trento Cathedral
Trento Cathedral
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 because the summer heat made it impossible to bring the corpse back to Germany.


Herman IV and Adelaide had at least three children:
  • Gebhard I, Count of Sulzbach
  • Adalbert I, Count of Windberg
  • Adelaide, married Hermann von Peugen

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