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Adelais of Amboise (sometimes called Aelinde) (fl. 865), came from an influential Frankish family in the Loire Valley. Through her mother, whose name is unknown, she was the niece of Adelard, Archbishop of Tours, and Raino, Bishop of Angers.[1] In 865, her uncles arranged a marriage for her to a Frankish man named Ingelger, described as a miles optimus,[2] whose devotion to Charles the Bald had been rewarded with land and military commands.[3] Adelais’ dowry included Buzençais, Châtillon-sur-Indre, and the fortress of Amboise,[4] which ultimately grew to be the royal residence known as the Château d'Amboise. Adelais and Ingelger, who has been identified as either a viscount[5] or the first count[6] of Anjou, were the parents of Fulk the Red, who became the first hereditary count of Anjou.[7] According to the Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, “after the death of her husband, Adelais was unjustly accused of adultery by a group of nobles led by ‘Guntrannus parens Ingelgerii’ but later exonerated.”[8] Geoffrey of Anjou, founder of England’s Plantagenet dynasty, traced his ancestry to Adelais and Ingelger.[9]


  1. ^ Bachrach, Bernard S. (2006). Fulk Nerra, the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040: A Political Biography of the Angevin Count. Berkeley: U of California P. p. 4. ISBN 978-0520079960. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ Bradbury (1993). Bernard S. Bachrach-Fulk Nerra, The Neo-Roman Consul 987-1040_ a Political Biography of the Angevin Count. Berkeley: U of California P. p. 56. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ Teunis, Henk. The Appeal to the Original Status: Social Justice in Anjou in the Eleventh Century. Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren. p. 25. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The History of the City of Paris." Translations from the French. Lynn. 1770. p. 2:40. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  5. ^ Story, R. L. (1964). Chronology of the Medieval World: 800-1491. Herzelia, Israel: Helicon. p. 870. ISBN 978-0091782641.
  6. ^ Bachrach. Fulk Nerra. p. 4.
  7. ^ Norgate, Kate (1887). England under the Angevin Kings. London: Macmillan. p. 106. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Archbishops of Tours". Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ Teunis. The Appeal to the Original Status. p. 26.