Gerberge de Saxe, Reine de Francie Occidentale

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Gerberga von Sachsen, Königin von Westfränkische

Also Known As: "Gerberga of /Saxony/", "Gerberge //", "of Saxony /Gerberga/", "Princess Of Germany", "QUEEN OF NEUSTRIA"
Birthplace: Nordhausen, Thüringen, Deutschland
Death: Died in Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Place of Burial: Rheims, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Heinrich I 'der Vogler' von Sachsen and Matilda von Ringelheim
Wife of Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine and Louis IV d'Outremer, Roi de Francie Occidentale
Mother of Alberade (Aubree) de Lorraine; Gerberga de Lorraine, of Lorraine; Irmintrud van Lothringen; Lothair IV, roi de France; Matilda of France and 5 others
Sister of Otto I "der Große" von Sachsen, Römischer Kaiser; Hedwige of Saxony; Bruno Magnus Coloniensis; Bilitrud van Beieren and Heinrich I, Herzog von Bayern
Half sister of Thankmar von Sachsen Liudolfinger and ... von Sachsen

Occupation: Duchesse de Lorraine, Queen of France (Franks), Queen of the Franks, 956/66 Regentin von Westfranken, 959 Äbt von Nôtre-Dame su Laon, geboren 913/914 te Nordhausen, Saxony Queen of France, Abadesa de Notre Dame, Régente de France, PRINCESS, Princess
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About Gerberge de Saxe, Reine de Francie Occidentale

Gerberga von Sachsen born in Nordhausen 913-14, died in Reims 5 May 984.


Henry the Fowler, king of Germany, and Matilda of Ringelheim


1. Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine. Children:

  • Alberade of Lorraine b. about 929. Married Renaud (originally as Ragenold), a Viking chieftain who became the Count of Roucy [1]
  • Henri, Duke of Lorraine b. about 932
  • Gerberge of Lorraine b. about 935. Married Adalbert I of Vermandois.
  • Wiltrude, b. about 937.

2. Louis IV of France in 939. Children:

  • Lothair of France (941-986)
  • Mathilde b. about 943; married Conrad of Burgundy
  • Hildegarde b. about 944
  • Carloman b. about 945
  • Louis b. about 948
  • Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine (953-993)
  • Alberade b. before 953
  • Henri b. about 953


Medieval Lands

GERBERGA (Nordhausen [913/14]-Reims 5 May 984, bur Abbaye de Reims). Liutprand states that the wife of "Gislebertum Lotharingorum ducem" was "regis sororem"[164]. Flodoard names her "Gerbergam" when recording her second marriage[165]. Her first husband had been a rival of King Heinrich I and maybe planned to establish himself as independent ruler in Lotharingia in 920[166]. As the marriage coincided with Giselbert being created dux, it was presumably arranged to confirm Giselbert's submission to King Heinrich. King Louis married Gerberga without the permission of her brother Otto I King of Germany, probably to increase his hold on Lotharingia (ruled by her first husband). Gerberga was active in the defence of Laon in 941 and of Reims in 946, accompanied her husband on expeditions to Aquitaine in 944 and Burgundy in 949, and was active during his period of imprisonment in 945/46[167]. An educated person, she commissioned from Adso of Moutier-en-Der the De ortu et tempore antichristi[168]. Her second husband gave her the abbey of Notre-Dame de Laon in 951, taken from his mother on her second marriage. Abbess of Notre Dame de Soissons in 959[169].

m firstly ([928/29]) GISELBERT Graf [von Maasgau], son of REGINAR [I] "Langhals" Graaf [van Maasgau] Comte de Hainaut & his wife Alberada --- (-drowned in the River Rhine Oct 929). He was created dux in 928 by Heinrich I King of Germany, which effectively created him GISELBERT Duke of Lotharingia.

m secondly (end 939) LOUIS IV "d'Outremer" King of the West Franks, son of CHARLES III "le Simple" King of the West Franks & his second wife Eadgifu [Ogive] of England ([10 Sep 920/10 Sep 921]-Reims Oct 954, bur Reims St Remy).

-------------------- -------------------- -------------------- We know Gerberga was the great-great-great grand daughter of Charlesmagne, and her birthplace and inheritance of Saxony would seem to indicate she was of high Royal standing.


Gerberga is the daughter of Henry the Fowler and Matilda of Ringelheim found here :

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Gerberge de Saxe, Reine de Francie Occidentale's Timeline

Nordhausen, Thüringen, Deutschland
January 29, 924
Age 11
Lorraine, Moselle, France
Age 17
Lorraine, France
Age 17
Age 22
Lorraine, France
August 941
Age 28
Laon, Aisne, Pays-de-la Loire, France
Age 30
Aquitaine, France
January 945
Age 32
Laon, Aisne, Picardie, France
December 948
Age 35
Age 40
Laon, Aisne, Picardie, France