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Gerberga of Burgundy

Duchess of Swabia
The basics
About
AKA Gerberga van Bourgondië
Date of birth
Date of death 1016
Family
Mother: Matilda of France
Father: Conrad I of Burgundy
Spouse: Herman II Duke of Swabia
Children: Gisela of Swabia Matilda of Swabia Herman III Duke of Swabia
The details
Biography

Gerberga of Burgundy (c.965/6–7 July 1018/9) was a member of the Elder House of Welf. She was married firstly to Herman I, count of Werl and secondly to Herman II, Duke of Swabia.

Life and Issue

Gerberga was born in Arles. She was the daughter of King Conrad of Burgundy and his second wife, Matilda, daughter of Louis IV of France and Gerberga of Saxony. Her paternal aunt was Empress Adelaide. Through her mother, she was related to Louis IV of France, Emperor Otto I and Charlemagne.

First marriage

Gerberga married her first husband, Herman I, Count of Werl, c.978. Herman of Werl died sometime between 985-988. With Herman of Werl, Gerberga had the following children:

  • Herman II, count of Werl (c.980-1025)
  • Rudolf (or Liudolf) of Werl (c.982/6-1044)
  • Bernard I of Werl (c.983-1027)

Second marriage

Gerberga married Herman II, Duke of Swabia in 988. With Herman of Swabia, Gerberga had several children, including:

  • Matilda of Swabia
  • Gisela, who became Queen consort of Germany then Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Herman III, who succeeded his father in 1003, but died young, in 1012.
  • Berthold (992-993)
  • Beatrice (?) (died after 25 February 1025),who was married to Adalbert of Eppenstein

Patronage

In September 997 Otto III donated the estate of Stockhausen to the female monastery at Meschede at Gerberga's intervention. Stockhausen was located in the medieval district of Lochtrop, which was part of the county of Werl. In 997 the county of Werl was ruled by Gerberga's son from her first marriage, Herman II of Werl. The counts of Werl had long-standing connections with this monastery. Herman II's father, Herman I of Werl, was the advocate of Meschede. And one of his ancestors, also called Herman, likewise acted as advocate for Meschede in 913. Meschede may have been founded by Emhilids, one of Herman's ninth-century ancestors.

In May 1000 Otto III issued a diploma taking the female monastery of Oedingen into his protection. The diploma records that Oedingen, which was located in the district of Lochtrop, in the county of Werl, had been founded by Gerberga, with the permission of her son, Herman II of Werl. In 1042 Gerberga's granddaughter, also called Gerberga (she was the daughter of Herman II of Werl), became abbess of Oedingen.

Death

Gerberga died in Nordgau, Bavaria. A necrology entry indicates that she died on 7 July, probably in 1018 or 1019.

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