Conrad I of Burgundy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Conrad of Burgundy)

Conrad I
Denier minted in the name of Conrad I
King of Burgundy
Reign11 July 937 – 19 October 993
PredecessorRudolph II
SuccessorRudolph III
Bornc. 925
Died19 October 993 (age approx. 68)
HouseElder House of Welf
FatherRudolph II of Burgundy
MotherBertha of Swabia
ReligionRoman Catholic

Conrad I, called the Peaceful (French: Conrad le Pacifique; German: Konrad der Friedfertige; Latin: Conradus; c. 925 – 19 October 993), a member of the Elder House of Welf, was King of Burgundy from 937 until his death.

Denier of Conrad, with cross pattée and tower surmounted by cross, with Latin text CONRADVS and LUCDVNVS (Lyon).


Conrad was the son of King Rudolph II, the first ruler over the united kingdom of Upper and Lower Burgundy since 933, and his consort Bertha, a daughter of Duke Burchard II of Swabia.[1] Some sources call him Conrad III, since he was the third Conrad in his family: his great-grandfather was Duke Conrad II, whose father was Count Conrad I.

According to the chronicler Ekkehard IV, in a story that is probably apocryphal, when Conrad learned that both the Magyars and the Saracens of Fraxinetum were marching against him, he sent envoys to both armies warning them of the other. The envoys offered Burgundian aid to each invader against the other and then informed them of the other's whereabouts. When the Magyars and Saracens met, the Burgundians held back and only attacked when the opposing forces were spent. In this way, both invading armies were destroyed and the captives sold into slavery.[2][3]

He married firstly, Adelaide of Bellay. They were parents to at least one daughter:[4]

He married Matilda by 966,[4] daughter of Louis IV of France and Gerberga of Saxony.[5] They had at least four children:

By his concubine, Aldiud, he had a son:


  1. ^ Reuter & McKitterick 1999, p. 699.
  2. ^ Fichtenau 1991, p. 407.
  3. ^ Cope 1987, p. 67.
  4. ^ a b Poole 1911, p. 314-315.
  5. ^ a b c d e Bourchard 1999, p. 342.
  6. ^ Previté-Orton 1912, p. 10.


  • Bourchard, Constance Brittain (1999). "Burgundy and Provence, 879–1032". In Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond (eds.). The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024. Cambridge University Press.
  • Cope, Christopher (1987). Phoenix Frustrated: The Lost Kingdom of Burgundy. Constable.
  • Fichtenau, Heinrich (1991). Living in the Tenth Century: Mentalities and Social Orders. Translated by Geary, Patrick J. University of Chicago Press.
  • Poole, Reginald L. (1911). "Burgundian Notes". The English Historical Review. 26 (102).
  • Previté-Orton, C. W. (1912). Early History of the House of Savoy. Cambridge University Press.
  • Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond, eds. (1999). "Appendix". The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 3, c.900-c.1024. Cambridge University Press.
Conrad I of Burgundy
Born: c. 925 Died: 19 October 993
Regnal titles
Preceded by King of Burgundy
Succeeded by