Archbishop Hermann II.
Period of office 1036-1056
Archbishop Hermann II, also called "the Noble", was a grandson of Otto II and Theophanu. During his time in office the Cologne Diocese stood in such high regard as never before in its history. Under his leadership several meetings of temporal and spiritual dignitaries took place. He christened Henry IV and crowned him king in Aachen. In 1049 he was visited by Kaiser Heinrich III and Pope Leo IX. As a special honour, the pope made him arch chancellor of the apostolic seat and gave him coronation rights and authority over the city of Cologne. Hermann bequeathed Brauweiler Abbey and Tom Castle near Rheinbach, from his hereditary lands, to the Cologne archbishopric.
Resting place: Cologne Cathedral