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Until 900 Hermann was arch curiate of King Zwentibold's Lothringian middle kingdom. the change from the Carolingian to the Ottonian dynasty fell during his time in office as Archbishop of Cologne. At that time the Rhineland was at the centre of the Empire and the Archbishopric of Cologne was a part of imperial politics. Hermann, who was called "the Pious", was given new relics by Pope Stephen VI for the churches destroyed in 881 by the Normans.
Resting place: Cologne Cathedral