Gisela of Hungary
Portrayal of Queen Gisela on the Hungarian coronation pall from 1031
|Queen of Hungary|
|Tenure||1000 or 1001–1038|
|Grand Princess of the Hungarians|
|Tenure||c. 997 – 1000 or 1001|
|Died||7 May 1065
|Spouse||Stephen I of Hungary|
|Father||Henry II, Duke of Bavaria|
|Mother||Gisela of Burgundy|
Blessed Gisela of Hungary (or Gisele, Gizella and of Bavaria; 985 – 7 May 1065) was the wife of Saint Stephen of Hungary, making her the first queen consort of Hungary, and the sister of Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor.
Gisela was a daughter of Henry II, Duke of Bavaria and Gisela of Burgundy. Gisela was raised very devout, most likely with bishop Wolfgang of Regensburg as her mentor and governor. She married King Stephen I of Hungary in 996 as a part of Hungary's policy of opening up to the West. The couple had a son, Saint Emeric, who died on 2 September 1031, while hunting boar. The wedding of Stephen and Gisela marked a turning point in Hungary's history.
Queen Gisela played a fundamental role in spreading the Christian faith and the Western Culture in Hungary.
When Edmund Ironside of England died, he was succeeded by Cnut. Edmund’s infant sons were sent abroad and ended up under the protection of King Stephen of Hungary. One of the twins died young, but the other, Edward Atheling, was brought up as a protégé of Queen Gisela, and regarded in that foreign Court as the heir to the Anglo-Saxon throne.
King Stephen died in 1038. In 1046 Gisela, her attendants, and a number of many Bavarian settlers left Hungary to return to Bavaria, where she joined Niederburg convent in Passau and became the abbess.
She lived in the nunnery of Niedernburg in Passau, where she died. Her grave is a well-known holy place.
Her memorial days are May 7 and February 1.
Gisela and her husband were not buried together, and nearly a thousand years later on May 4, 1996 their bodies as well as their spirits were reunited. They preserved the remains of King Stephen’s right hand and it was brought back together with a bone taken from the arm of Gisela. Both are now safely protected in glass and gold cases and are now displayed in the basilica in the western Hungarian town of Veszprém, where Gisela once lived.
The cross was commissioned by Queen Gisela for the tomb of her mother, who died in 1006 and was buried in the Niedermünster in Regensburg.
Blessed Gisela is depicted on a white limestone panel by Hungarian artist Sandor Kiss on the wall of the Chapel of Our Lady – Queen of Hungary in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
|Ancestors of Gisela of Hungary|
- "Blessed Gisela of Hungary", Mindszenty Alapítvány
- Ott, Michael. "St. Stephen." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 12 April 2013
- "St. Margaret Queen of Scotland", St.Margaret of Scotland Church, Selden, New York Archived May 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Chapel of Our Lady – Queen of the Hungarians", St. Peter's Basilica.org
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Giselle of Bavaria.|
- Butler, Alban (1995). "Bd Giselle of Bavaria". Butler's Lives of the Saints. London: Burns & Oates. p. 39. ISBN 0-86012-254-9.
- Györffy, György (1996). "Gisela, erste Königin von Ungarn". Bd 17, Hefte zur Bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur. Augsburg: Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte. p. 15. ISBN 3-927233-45-5.
Gisela of HungaryBorn: c. 980 Died: 2 August 1058
|Grand Princess of the Hungarians
997–1000 or 1001
|Herself as Queen|
|Herself as Grand Princess||Queen consort of Hungary
1000 or 1001–1038
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