Eadgifu of Wessex, Queen of West Francia

Female 902 - Aft 955  (54 years)


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  • Name Eadgifu of Wessex 
    Suffix Queen of West Francia 
    Born 902  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Edgiva  [2
    Also Known As Ogive  [2
    Died Aft 955  (Laon, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I51070  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 

    Father Edward the Elder, King of the Anglo-Saxons,   b. ~874, (Wantage, Berkshire) England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Aelffled, Royal consort of Wessex 
    Married Y  [1, 3
    Family ID F19016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles the Simple, King of West Francia,   b. 17 Sep 879,   d. Peronne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 919  [4
    Children 
     1. Louis IV
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2022 
    Family ID F19019  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Eadgifu or Edgifu, also known as Edgiva or Ogive (Old English: Eadgifu; 902 – after 955) was a daughter[1] of Edward the Elder, King of Wessex and England, and his second wife „lfflµd. She was born in Wessex.

      Marriage to the French King

      Eadgifu was one of three West Saxon sisters married to Continental rulers: the others were Eadgyth, who married Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor and Eadhild, who married Hugh the Great. Eadgifu became the second wife of King Charles III of France,[1] whom she married in 919 after the death of his first wife, Frederonne. Eadgifu was mother to Louis IV of France.

      Flight to England

      In 922 Charles III was deposed and the next year taken prisoner by Count Herbert II of Vermandois, an ally of the then current king. To protect her son's safety Eadgifu took him to England in 923 to the court of her half-brother, King „thelstan of England.[2] Because of this, Louis IV of France became known as Louis d'Outremer of France. He stayed there until 936, when he was called back to France to be crowned King. Eadgifu accompanied him.

      She retired to a convent in Laon.[3] In 951, Heribert the Old, Count of Omois, abducted and married her, to the great anger of her son.[4] [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12480] "„lfflµd", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86lffl%C3%A6d_(wife_of_Edward_the_Elder), abstracted by David A.

    2. [S12481] "Eadgifu of Wessex", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadgifu_of_Wessex, abstracted by David A. Hennessee, info@.

    3. [S12595] "The House of Wessex", http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/saxon_21.htm, https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usfeatures/.

    4. [S14734] "Charles III (17 September 879 – 7 October 929)", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_the_Simple, This pers.