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Peace of Gerstungen

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Memorial plaque in Gerstungen

The Peace of Gerstungen was concluded on 2 February 1074 in Gerstungen Castle on the Werra. It imposed on King Henry IV the reinstatement of Duke Otto of Northeim to the Duchy of Bavaria. The latter had successfully placed himself at the head of the Saxon revolt in 1073. King Heinrich IV had to flee from the besieged Harzburg and humbly consent to the demolition of his castles in the Harz demanded in Gerstungen, including, for example, the Sachsenburg located near Bad Sachsa and only built in 1070.

Since all the dukes of Upper Germany resisted the reinstatement of the Duke of Northeim, Otto remained deprived of his office in Bavaria. From then on, Otto continued to be a dangerous opponent of the king and his former subjects in Bavaria.

See also: Saxon War (Henry IV)