Ermesinda of Bigorre
Ermesinda of Bigorre (Aragonese: Ermisenda de Bigorra), born Gerberga or Gisberga (1015 – 1 December 1049), was a Queen of Aragon, a daughter of Bernard-Roger, Count of Bigorre and his wife Garsenda, Heiress of Bigorre. She was a member of the House of Foix, the sister of Bernard II, Count of Bigorre, Roger I, Count of Foix, and perhaps of Stephanie who married García Sánchez III of Navarre.
A depiction of Queen Ermesinda with a book
|Queen consort of Aragon|
|Died||1 December 1049|
|Spouse||Ramiro I of Aragon|
García, Bishop of Jaca
|House||House of Foix|
|Father||Bernard-Roger, Count of Bigorre|
|Mother||Garsenda, Heiress of Bigorre|
Gerberga married on 22 August 1036 to King Ramiro I of Aragon. After her wedding Gerberga changed her name to Ermesinda. The couple were married for thirteen years, in which time her husband elevated himself from a vassal holding scattered lands around Jaca into a de facto ruler of pocket-kingdom spanning the former counties of Aragon, Sobrarbe and Ribagorza, and is thereby credited with being the first King of Aragon. They had the following children:
- Sancho Ramírez (c. 1042 – 4 June 1094), succeeded his father
- García, Bishop of Jaca (d. 17 July 1086)
- Teresa (b. 1037), married William Bertrand of Provence, no issue
- Sancha (d. 1097), possibly married firstly to Pons, Count of Toulouse, and secondly to Ermengol III, Count of Urgell
- Urraca (d. 1077), a nun
- Crónica de San Juan de la Peña
- Márquez de la Plata, Vicenta María. 2009. LOS ESPAÑOLES DE HACE 900 AÑOS.
- Durán Gudiol, Antonio (1978). La familia de Ramiro I. Ramiro I de Aragón. Zaragoza: Guara editorial. Pages 36-40. ISBN 84-85303-07-5.
- Vicente Salas Merino, La Genealogía de los Reyes de España (Visionnet, 2007), 220.
- TOULOUSE NOBILITY, Medieval Lands
Ermesinda of BigorreBorn: circa 1015 Died: 1 December 1049
|New Title|| Queen consort of Aragon