MALE Gisela

Wife of Adalberto, margrave of Ivrea.

Gisela is primarily known from Liudprand of Cremona, who states that she was daughter of Berengario I, wife of Adalberto of Ivrea, mother of Berengario II, and that after her death Adalberto married his second wife Ermengarde ["Huius vero tam turpis sceleris auctor Adelbertus Eporegiae civitatis marchio erat, cui et idem Berengarius filiam suam, nomine Gislam, coniugio copularat; ex qua et filium genuerat, cui avi sui vocabulum dederat." Liudprand, Antapodosis, ii, 33, Dümmler (1877), 40; "... Ermengardam etiam gnatam suam sibi Afroditi dulcedine coequalem, quam Adelberto Eporegiae civitatis marchioni, Gisla Berengarii regis filia, Berengarii scilicet regis huius matre, mortua, hymenei consortio copularat." ibid., ii, 56, pp. 47-8; see also ibid., v, 4, p. 102].

Date of Birth: Unknown.
Place of Birth: Unknown.

Date of Death: probably before ca. 915.
After the death of Gisela, Adalberto remarried to a second wife Ermengarde, by whom they had a son Anscario ["... Ermengardam etiam gnatam suam sibi Afroditi dulcedine coequalem, quam Adelberto Eporegiae civitatis marchioni, Gisla Berengarii regis filia, Berengarii scilicet regis huius matre, mortua, hymenei consortio copularat. Quae ei filium genuerat nomine Anscarium, ..." Liudprand, Antapodosis, ii, 56, Dümmler (1877), 47-8]. Anscario first appeared on 18 August 924 in a charter of Rudolf II, king of Burgundy [Hlawitschka (1960), sketch of Anscar (II)], so Adalbert's second marriage could be placed after ca. 915 only with difficulty.
Place of Death: Unknown.

Father: Berengario I, d. 7 April 924, king of Italy, 888-924; Emperor, 915-924.
[see above]

Mother: Bertila, daughter of Suppo, duke of Spoleto.
Bertila is not documented directly as the mother of Gisela, but she is the only known wife of Berengario I who makes a chronologically possible mother of Gisela.

Spouses: m. before ca. 900, Adalberto, d. 922×4, margrave of Ivrea.
[see above]

Children:

MALE Berengario II, b. ca. 900, d. 6 August 966, margrave of Ivrea, 923; king of Italy, 950-961;
m. before 936,
Willa, daughter of Boso, margrave of Tuscany.
[see above]

[See also the Commentary section.]



Commentary

Supposed daughter by Gisela (evidence not stated):

FEMALE Bertha, abbess in Modena.
[Brandenburg (1964), 3; Werner (1967), table; neither gives any documentation for this daughter; also in ES 2: 59]


Bibliography

Brandenburg (1964) = Erich Brandenburg, Die Nachkommen Karls des Großen (Frankfurt, 1964).

Dümmler (1877) = Ernst Dümmler, ed., Liudprandi episcopi Cremonensis opera omnia (MGH SRG, Hannover, 1877).

ES = Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln (neue Folge), (Marburg, 1980-present).

Hlawitschka (1960) = Eduard Hlawitschka, Franken, Alemannen, Bayern und Burgunder in Oberitalien (774-962) (Freiburg, 1960).

MGH SRG = Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Germanicarum (separate editions).

Werner (1967) = Karl Ferdinand Werner, "Die Nachkommen Karls des Großen bis um das Jahr 1000 (1.-8. Generation)", Karl der Große 4 (1967): 403-483.


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 20 September 2008.

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