Gisela of France

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14th century depiction of the marriage of Rollo and Gisela

Gisela of France, also called Gisella or Giséle (fl. 911), was traditionally a French princess and the consort of King Rollo.

According to tradition, Rollo was betrothed to Gisela, daughter to the king of France, Charles the Simple, after his conversion to Christianity upon his ascension as ruler of Normandy in 911. Legend says that Rollo treated Gisela with cruelty. Her father sent her two knights to act as her support in Normandy, but they were both executed by hanging on the order of Rollo. Gisela had no children.

The marriage and the existence of Gisela are not confirmed. It has been suggested that, if she really did exist, she may have been a natural daughter of Charles.[1]

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  1. ^ Pierre Bauduin, Chefs normands et élites franques, fin -Début siècle, (181-194), in Pierre Bauduin (éd.), Les Fondations scandinaves en Occident et les débuts du duché de Normandie, Publications du CRAHM, 2005, 271 pages, 182 ISBN 978-2-902685-28-8.
Preceded by
None
Duchess consort of Normandy
9??–9??
Succeeded by
Luitgarde of Vermandois