Hedwig of Bavaria

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Hedwig (c. 778 – after 833) was a Saxon noble woman, the wife of Count Welf (father of Judith) and mother-in-law of Emperor Louis the Pious through his marriage to Judith, her daughter.

Life[edit]

She was possibly born at Altdorf in the Frankish lands of Alamannia (present-day Germany). According to Bishop Thegan of Trier, she was a member of the Saxon high nobility, the daughter of Count Isambart. She had a sister, Adalung des Franken, half-brother Hunfrid I de Recia e de Istria, and a brother Guelph, Count of Andech.

In her later life (about 826) she appears as abbess of Chelles near Paris,[1] however, it is uncertain if she had already become a widow by then.

Family[edit]

Hedwig married Count Welf I and together they had the following children:

Through her marriage to Welf she is the matriarch of the Dynastic Welf Family[4] and is an ancestor of the Carolingian dynasty, the Kings of Italy, Russia, Britain, the Hagenéter rulers of Piedmont and the Bavarian Welfs.

Hedwig died on 19 April 843 in Bayern, Frankish Empire (present Germany) and was buried in Bayern Lande.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierre Riche, The Carolingians, A family who Forged Europe (translated by Michael Idomir Allen; University of Philadelphia Press, 1993), pp. 52, 149.
  2. ^ by Cesare Rivera, I Conti de' Marsi e la loro discendenze fino alla fondazione dell'Aquila, (Teramo, 1915).
  3. ^ The Annals of Fulda. (Manchester Medieval series, Ninth-Century Histories, Volume II.) Reuter, Timothy (trans.) (Manchester University Press, 1992).
  4. ^ Halliday, Sir Andrew (1826). Annals of the house of Hanover. Vol. 1. London, UK: N. Sams. OCLC 674208974. Retrieved 2014-09-05.