Adelaide of Aquitaine

Adbelahide or Adele or Adelaide of Aquitaine (or Adelaide of Poitiers) (c. 945 or 952 1004),[1] was queen consort of France by marriage to Hugh Capet.

Adelaide of Aquitaine
Queen consort of the Franks
Tenure987–996
Bornc. 945/952
Died1004
SpouseHugh Capet
IssueHedwig, Countess of Mons
Robert II of France
Gisèle, Countess of Ponthieu
HouseHouse of Capet
House of Poitiers
FatherWilliam III of Aquitaine
MotherAdele of Normandy

Life

Adelaide was the daughter of William III, Duke of Aquitaine and Adele of Normandy, daughter of Rollo of Normandy. Her father used her as security for a truce with Hugh Capet, whom she married in 969.[2]

In 987, after the death of Louis V, the last Carolingian king of France, Hugh was elected the new king with Adelaide as queen. They were proclaimed at Senlis and blessed at Noyon. They were the founders of the Capetian dynasty of France.

Hugh apparently trusted in her judgement and allowed her to take part in government: he proposed her to negotiate for him with the regent of the German Empire, empress Theophanu, committing himself beforehand to their agreement.[1]

Children

Adeleide and Hugh's children were:

A number of other daughters are less reliably attested.

References

  1. "Women's Biography: Adelaide of Aquitaine, queen of the Franks". Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin Letters. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. "Adelaide of Aquitaine (wife of Hugh Capet, King of France)". RoyaList Online. Archived from the original on 12 June 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
French royalty
Preceded by
Emma of Italy
Queen consort of the Franks
987996
Succeeded by
Rozala of Lombardy
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