Gisela of Friuli

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Countess of Ivrea
Bornc. 876
Diedafter 23 January 913
SpousesAdalbert I of Ivrea
IssueBerengar II of Italy
Bertha, abbess of Modena
FatherBerengar I of Italy
MotherBertila of Spoleto
ReligionCatholic Church

Gisela of Friuli (also Gisla) (c. 876 – after 23 January 913) was a medieval Italian noblewoman. She was the daughter of Berengar I of Italy and Bertila of Spoleto.[1] Through her marriage to Adalbert I of Ivrea, Gisela was countess of Ivrea, and mother of Berengar II of Italy.


Little is known about Gisela's life. Her father was Berengar I of Italy, who was margrave of Friuli and who became king of Italy during Gisela's childhood.[2] Gisela's mother was probably Bertila, Berengar's first wife, whom he married in 875. Gisela is thus presumed to have been born after 876.[1] Gisela's sister, Bertha, later became abbess of Santa Giulia in Brescia. Gisela married Adalbert I of Ivrea sometime between 898 and 905, and probably by 902/3.[3] This was a political alliance which was intended to reconcile Adalbert and Gisela's father, Berengar I of Italy.[4] Gisela and Adalbert's son, Berengar II of Italy, must have been born by 903, as by 918 he was fifteen years old, and was named count and imperial missus.[5] When Gisela died is not known: she was still alive in January 913, when her father, Berengar, issued a diploma referring to her husband Adalbert as his son-in-law (gener noster),[6] but by 915 Adalbert had married Ermengarde of Tuscany, suggesting that Gisela had died.[4]


With Adalbert, Gisela had at least two children:


  1. ^ a b Bedino, ‘Gisla’.
  2. ^ Liutprand of Cremona, Antapodosis, II.33, II.56; trans. Squatriti, Complete Works, pp. 91, 106.
  3. ^ Rosenwein, 'Family politics,' p. 274; Hlawitschka, Franken, pp. 100, 104 Bedina, ‘Gisla’.
  4. ^ a b Gina Fasoli, «ADALBERTO d'Ivrea». In: Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume I, Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 1960
  5. ^ Codex diplomaticus Langobardiae, no. 34.
  6. ^ Schiaparelli, Diplomi di Berengario, no. LXXXVII (26 January 913).


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  • Liutprand of Cremona, Antapodosis, in J. Becker, ed., Die Werke Liutprands, MGH SS rer Germ 41 (Hannover, 1915).
  • P. Squatriti, trans., The Complete Works of Liutprand of Cremona (Washington, DC, 2007).
  • L. Schiaparelli, I diplomi di Berengario I (Rome, 1903).
  • B. Rosenwein, 'The family politics of Berengar I, King of Italy (888-924),' Speculum LXXI (1996),
  • E. Hlawitschka, Franken, Alemannen, Bayern and Burgunder in Oberitalien (774-962) (Freiburg i.Br. 1960).
  • P. Buc, 'Italian Hussies and German Matrons. Liutprand of Cremona on Dynastic Legitimacy,' Frühmittelalterliche Studien 29 (1995), 207–225.