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Rozala of Italy

Rozala of Italy

Frankish queen
The basics
About
Occupations Politician
A.K.A. Rozala of Provence
Gender female
Birth 1000
Death February 7, 1003 (Ghent, Arrondissement of Ghent, East Flanders, Flemish Region)
Family
Mother: Willa of Tuscany
Father: Berengar II of Italy
Siblings: Conrad of IvreaGuy of IvreaAdalbert of Italy
Spouse: Robert II of FranceArnulf II, Count of Flanders
Children: Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders
The details
Biography

Rozala of Italy (also known as Rozala of Lombardy, Rozala of Ivrea or Susanna of Ivrea; c. 950–960 –1003) was a Countess of Flanders and Queen consort of the Franks. She was regent of Flanders in 987-988 during the minority of her son.

Biography

Rozala (Susanna), born sometime between 950–960, was the daughter of King Berengar of Ivrea, King of Italy (c. 900 – 966). Her mother was Willa of Tuscany, the daughter of Boso, Margrave of Tuscany and his wife Willa. In 968 she married Arnulf II, Count of Flanders (d. 987). On her husband's death, she acted as regent for her young son.

On c. 1 April 988 she married secondly the much younger Robert the Pious (972–1031), the Rex Filius of France; the marriage had been arranged by his father Hugh Capet. According to disputed account she brought her husband Montreuil and Ponthieu as a dowry, other assert that she was berieved her right to that territory. Upon her marriage, she took the name of Susannah, and was the queen consort of the co-ruling king Robert, under senior King Hugh. From 991/992 the couple lived basically separated as Rozala had become too old (c. 38) to have more children and they lacked marital happiness.

When her father-in-law died in 996, however, Robert repudiated her completely, desiring to marry Bertha of Burgundy in her place. That marriage was not lawful because of too close kinship so Robert married a third time 1003 with Constance of Arles who bore him seven children.

Rozala retired back to Flanders, where she died and was buried. Robert retained control of her "dowry", or the rights to the mentioned territory.

Marriages

Rozala was firstly (968–987) married to Arnulf II, Count of Flanders. They had the following children:

The second marriage (988–996) with Robert II of France did not produce any children.

Ancestry

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