Conrad I of Burgundy

Conrad I, called the Peaceful (French: Conrad le Pacifique; c. 925 – 19 October 993), a member of the Elder House of Welf, was King of Burgundy (Kingdom of Arles) from 937 until his death.

Conrad I
King of Burgundy
(formally King of Arles)
Reign11 July 937 – 19 October 993
PredecessorRudolph II
SuccessorRudolph III
Bornc. 925
Died(993-10-19)19 October 993
ConsortAdelaide of Bellay
Matilda of France
IssueGisela of Burgundy
Bertha of Burgundy
Rudolph III of Burgundy
Gerberga of Burgundy
HouseElder House of Welf
FatherRudolph II of Burgundy
MotherBertha of Swabia
ReligionRoman Catholic


He was the son of King Rudolph II, the first ruler over the united territories of Upper and Lower Burgundy since 933, and his consort Bertha, a daughter of Duke Burchard II of Swabia.[1] Some sources call him Conrad III, since he was the third Conrad in his family: his great-grandfather was Duke Conrad II, whose father was Count Conrad I.

According to the chronicler Ekkehard IV, in a story that is probably apocryphal, when Conrad learned that both the Magyars and the Saracens of Fraxinetum were marching against him, he sent envoys to both armies warning them of the other. The envoys offered Burgundian aid to each invader against the other and then informed them of the other's whereabouts. When the Magyars and Saracens met, the Burgundians held back and only attacked when the opposing forces were spent. In this way, both invading armies were destroyed and the captives sold into slavery.[2][3]

He married firstly, Adelaide of Bellay. They were parents to at least one daughter:[4]

He married Matilda by 966,[4] daughter of Louis IV of France and Gerberga of Saxony.[5] They had at least four children:

By his concubine, Aldiud, he had a son:

  • Burchard, Archbishop of Lyons[6]


  1. Reuter & McKitterick 1999, p. 699.
  2. Fichtenau 1991, p. 407.
  3. Cope 1987, p. 67.
  4. Poole 1911, p. 314-315.
  5. Bourchard 1999, p. 342.
  6. Previté-Orton 1911, p. 10.


  • Bourchard, Constance Brittain (1999). "Burgundy and Provence, 879–1032". In Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond (eds.). The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024. Cambridge University Press.
  • Cope, Christopher (1987). Phoenix Frustrated: The Lost Kingdom of Burgundy. Constable.
  • Fichtenau, Heinrich (1991). Living in the Tenth Century: Mentalities and Social Orders. Translated by Geary, Patrick J. University of Chicago Press.
  • Poole, Reginald L. (1911). "Burgundian Notes". The English Historical Review. 26 (102).
  • Previté-Orton, C. W. (1912). Early History of the House of Savoy. Cambridge University Press.
  • Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond, eds. (1999). "Appendix". The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024. Cambridge University Press.
Conrad I of Burgundy
Born: c.925 Died: 19 October 993
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rudolph II
King of Burgundy
Succeeded by
Rudolph III

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