Gisela of France

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14th century depiction of the marriage of Rollo and Gisela

Gisela (French: Gisèle; fl. 911) was a legendary French princess who was, according to legend, married to Rollo, duke of Normandy.[a][1]

According to tradition, Rollo was betrothed to Gisela, daughter to the king of West Francia, Charles the Simple, after Rollo's conversion to Christianity upon his ascension as ruler of Normandy in 911.[1] The marriage and the existence of Gisela are not confirmed, supporting the mythical character of Gisela. Some suggested that, if she really did exist, she may have been an illegitimate daughter of Charles.[2][3]

A character named Gisla (presented as a daughter of Charles the Bald rather than his grandson Charles the Simple, and as the mother of Rollo's children) is portrayed in the TV series Vikings by Morgane Polanski.


  1. ^ Gisela has not been identified[1]


  1. ^ a b c van Houts 2000, p. 33.
  2. ^ Bauduin 2005, p. 182.
  3. ^ "Gisela of France". The Freelance History Writer. April 17, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2018.


  • Bauduin, Pierre, ed. (2005). "Chefs normands et élites franques, fin -Début siècle". Les Fondations scandinaves en Occident et les débuts du duché de Normandie. Publications du CRAHM.
  • van Houts, Elisabeth, ed. (2000). The Normans in Europe. Manchester University Press.