Wisigard (ca. 510 - ca. 540) or Wisigardis was a Frankish Queen in the 6th century.
The life of Wisigard is slightly known by Gregory of Tours´ Historia Francorum. She was daughter of Wacho, king of the Lombards and grown up at the middle Danube. After an abnormal long term of engagement of seven years Wisigard married Theudebert I, Merovingian king of Austrasia. Around 531 Theuderich I, father of Theudebert I., arranged the engagement for political reasons. But because of a liaison Theudeberts with a Roman woman named Deoteria the union with Wisigard felt through. Anew for political reasons Theudebert abandoned Deoteria and finally he married Wisigard in 537 or 538. Shortly after their marriage she died.
Burial site in Cologne Cathedral
In 1959 a very rich decorated grave of an Frankish woman was found by Otto Doppelfeld in the Cologne Cathedral. The woman was buried with her most precious jewellery and in traditional costume which point her as Lombardsh princess. Because of the dating and the grave furniture Doppelfeld, at that time director of the Romano-Germanic Museum, interpreted the dead woman as Wisigard. However, this interpretation is not proved by an inscription or other sources.
- Gregor of Tours, Historiarum III, 20, 27.
- Christian Bouyer: Dictionnaire des Reines de France. Librairie Académique Perrin, 1992 ISBN 2-262-00789-6, p. 59.
- Otto Doppelfeld: Das fränkische Frauengrab unter dem Chor des Kölner Domes. Germania 38. Frankfurt 1960. pp. 89–113.
- Eugen Ewig: Die Merowinger und das Frankenreich. Stuttgart 2001. ISBN 978-3-17-017044-5, p. 34.
- Gregor of Tours, Historiae III,20, III,27.