Matilda of France
|Matilda of France|
|Queen consort of Burgundy|
|Died||26 November 981/982|
|Spouse||Conrad I of Burgundy|
|Issue||Gerberga of Burgundy
Bertha of Burgundy
Rudolph III of Burgundy
|Father||Louis IV of France|
|Mother||Gerberga of Saxony|
She was born in late 943 to King Louis IV of France (920/921–954), ruler of West Francia, and his wife, Gerberga of Saxony (d. about 984), sister of the East Frankish king Otto I. At the time of her birth, the Carolingian rule had already weakened: King Louis attempted to stable his reign by the marriage with an East Frankish princess, while he fought with the reluctant dukes of Normandy and with the forces of his Robertian rival Hugh the Great.
When Matilda's brother, 13-year-old Lothair ascended the French throne in 954, Gerberga acted as regent. In 964 Matilda was married to Conrad I (d. 993), the Welf ruler of the united Burgundian Kingdom of Arles since 937. King Conrad strongly relied on the support of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor since 962, Matilda's maternal uncle and husband of Conrad's sister Adelaide. As her dowry, the young queen brought her husband the city of Vienne, which her brother Lothair had ceded to her.
Her children were:
- Gerberga (c. 965 – 1018/19), married firstly to Herman I, Count of Werl and secondly to Herman II, Duke of Swabia
- Bertha (967 – after 1010), married firstly to Odo I, Count of Blois, secondly to King Robert II of France
- Rudolph III of Burgundy (c. 970 – 1032)
- Matilda (born 975), possibly married Robert, Count of Geneva
Matilda was outlived by her husband, she probably died after 981. She is buried in Vienne Cathedral
- Burgundy and Provence, 879-1032, Constance Brittain Bourchard, The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, C.900-c.1024, ed. Rosamond McKitterick and Timothy Reuter, (Cambridge University Press, 1999), 342.
- Burgundy and Provence, 879-1032, Constance Brittain Bourchard, The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, C.900-c.1024, 335.
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