- Born: Cir 806
- Marriage (1): Oda of Saxony circa 836
- Died: 12 Mar 866
- Buried: Brunshausen Abbey
Another name for Liudolf was Ludolf.
Liudolf (died 12 March 864 or 866) was a Saxon count; later authors called him duke of the Eastern Saxons. He was also named as count of Eastphalia. Liudolf had possessions in eastern Saxony, and was involved in wars against Normans and Slavs. The Liudolfing House, also known as the Ottonian House, is named after him; he is its oldest known member.
Liudolf married Oda, daughter of a Frankish prince named Billung and his wife Aeda. Oda died on 17 May 913, supposedly at the age of 107. By marrying a Frankish nobleman's daughter, Liudolf followed suggestions set forth by Charlemagne about ensuring the integrity of the Frankish Kingdom through marriage.
In 845/846, Liudolf and his wife traveled to Rome in order to ask Pope Sergius II for support for the founding of a nunnery. The nunnery was founded in Brunshausen around 852, and it was moved to nearby Gandersheim in 881. Liudolf's daughter Hathumod became its first abbess. Liudolf is buried in Brunshausen; his sons Brun and Otto apparently inherited his property.
Liudolf er berømt som stamfar til det sachsiske hertughus. Liudolfingerslekten var hertuger av Sachsen fra 844 til 961 og ble etterfulgt av Billungslekten. Slekten etterfulgte også Karolingerslekten som konger av Tyskland og som tysk-romerske keisere fra 919 til 1024. Keiserriket gikk deretter over til Salierslekten.
Han var på pilgrimsferd til Roma sammen med sin gemalinne Oda under Pave Sergius II i årene 844 - 847.
Liudolf stiftet Gandersheim i 856 sammen med sin hustru.
I 852 grunnet Liudolf et kloster i Brunshausen hvor han døde i 866.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Count in Saxony.
• Acceded: Grand Duke of Saxony, 844.
Liudolf married Oda of Saxony, daughter of Billung of Saxony and Aeda, circa 836. (Oda of Saxony was born circa 806 and died on 17 May 913 2409.)