Ahalolfings or Alaholfings were a noble family of
Alemannia in the
Early Middle Ages. The family rose in the
Carolingian Empire to
possess lands in not only Alemannia, but Bavaria, Franconia, and
Italy. Their original power base was around the upper
Ahalolfings are divided into two groups, the older and the
younger. It is not certain how the two groups are related. The older
group descends from a Berthold who was the joint founder, with Hnabi,
Reichenau Abbey in 724. His most famous descendant was Cadolah,
Duke of Friuli, who defended the Pannonian plains into Italy from the
The younger branch of the family itself comprises two branches.
Richardis, the empress of Charles the Fat, descends from Erchanger.
Her sister married Berthold I and was the mother of the other branch
of the family, which included the famous Erchanger, Duke of Swabia,
and his brother Berthold II. The
Ahalolfings died out when Berthold
III died in 973, though the Zähringen may be descended from them.
Reuter, Timothy. Germany in the
Early Middle Ages
Early Middle Ages 800–1056. New
York: Longman, 1991.
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