Saint Adelaide of Italy

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Adelaide de Bourgogne

German: Pr. St. Adelaide von Bourgogne (von Burgund), (Welf), Italian: santa Adelaide di Borgogna, regina d'Italia e imperatrice, French: Adélaïde de Bourgogne
Also Known As: "Adelheid von Burgund", "Adelaide de Italia", "Alice"
Birthplace: Burgundy, France
Death: December 16, 999 (63-72)
Kloster Selz, Alsace, France
Place of Burial: Vatican City
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rudolph II, King of Upper Burgundy and Italy and Bertha of Swabia
Wife of Lothair II of Arles, king of Italy and Otto I, Holy Roman emperor
Mother of Emma of Italy; Heinrich, duke of Bavaria; Bruno von Sachsen; Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor and Mathilde, Abbess Of Quedlinburg
Sister of Conrad "the Peaceful", king of Burgundy; Richardus de Bourgogne; Rudolph de Bourgogne, III; Edith von Burgundy and Judith von Burgund

Occupation: Impératrice, reine d'Italie, Toinen puoliso.Italian kuninkaan leski.
Managed by: Mona Lantz Levi
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About Saint Adelaide of Italy

RUDOLF, son of RUDOLF I King of Upper Burgundy & his wife Willa [de Vienne] (-[end] 937). ...
m ( [922] ) as her first husband, BERTA of Swabia, daughter of BURKHARD II Duke of Swabia & his wife Regelinda im Zürichgau [Eberhardinger] (-after 2 Jan 966).

 King Rudolf II & his wife had [five] children:
  • 1. [JUDITH . ...
  • 2. CONRAD ([922/25]-Vienne 19 Oct 993, bur Vienne, cathédrale Saint-Maurice). ...- see below.
    • ...
  • 3. BOUCHARD (-[23 Jun 957/959]).
  • 4. ADELAIS of Burgundy ([928/33]-Kloster Selz , Alsace 16 Dec 999, bur Kloster Selz). Luitprand names "Adelegidam" as daughter of Rudolf and his wife Berta, when recording her marriage to "regi Lothario"[149]. Her birth date range is estimated from her having given birth to one child by her first marriage before the death of her husband in 950. She claimed the kingdom of Italy on the death of her husband, as the daughter of one of the rival claimants for the throne earlier in the century. Willa, wife of Berengario di Ivrea who had been proclaimed king at Pavia 15 Dec 950, ordered Adelais's imprisonment at Como 20 Apr 951 and "afflicted her with imprisonment and hunger" according to Thietmar[150]. Otto I King of Germany used her ill-treatment as an excuse to invade Italy in Sep 951, although Adelais had succeeded in escaping 20 Aug 951 to Reggio[151]. King Otto entered Pavia 23 Sep 951, proclaimed himself King of Italy, and married Adelais as her second husband. The Annalista Saxo records "Adelheidam reginam" as "coniuge rege Lothario" when she married Otto[152]. Flodoard refers to "uxorem quoque Lotharii regis defuncti, filii Hugonis, sororem Chonradi regis" when recording her second marriage[153]. She was crowned empress at Rome with her husband 2 Feb 962[154]. "Aleidis sororis" is named in the charter of "Chuonradus rex" dated 8 Apr 962[155]. "Adelheidis imperatrix cum filia Athelheidhe abbatissa in Italiam profecta est propter quasdam discordias inter se et filium factas", although it is unclear to whom "filia Athelheidhe" refers unless this is an error for her daughter Mathilde[156]. She replaced her daughter-in-law as regent for her grandson King Otto III in 991[157]. The necrology of Fulda records the death "999 XVII Kal Ian" of "Adalheid imperatrix"[158].
    m firstly (947 before 27 Jun) LOTHAR King of Italy, son of UGO King of Italy & his second wife Hilda --- ([926/28]-Turin 22 Nov 950).
    m secondly (Pavia [Oct/Nov] 951) as his second wife, OTTO I "der Große" King of Germany, son of HEINRICH I "der Vogelsteller/the Fowler" King of Germany & his second wife Mathilde --- (23 Nov 912-Memleben 7 May 973, bur Magdeburg Cathedral). He was crowned Emperor at Rome 2 Feb 962.
  • 5. RUDOLF (-after 8 Apr 962).

Leo: Europäische Stammtafeln, Band I, Frank Baron Freytag von Loringhoven, 1975, Isenburg, W. K. Prinz von, Reference: Page 3.

Leo: Caroli Magni Progenies, Neustadt an der Aisch, 1977 , Rösch, Siegfried, Reference: 161.


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Saint Adelaide of Italy's Timeline

Burgundy, France
Saxony, Germany
December 955
Saxony, Germany
Saxony, Germany
December 16, 999
Age 68
Kloster Selz, Alsace, France
Age 68
Vatican City (Holy See (Vatican City State))