Hildegard of the Vinzgau

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Hildgard of the Vinzgau
Hildegard 1499.jpg
Hildegard from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
Spouse(s) Charlemagne
Noble family Udalriching dynasty
Father Gerold of Vinzgau
Mother Emma of Alemannia
Born 758
Died 30 April 783(783-04-30)

Hildegard (758 – 30 April 783) was daughter of the Germanic Count Gerold of Vinzgau and Emma of Alemannia (daughter of Duke Hnabi and Hereswintha vom Bodensee (of Lake Constance)). She was the second wife of Charlemagne,[1] who married her around 771. They had the following children:

  • Charles, (772-811), Count of Maine from 781, joint King of the Franks with Charlemagne from 800
  • Carloman (773–810), renamed Pippin in 781, king of Italy from 781
  • Adelaide (774)
  • Rotrude (or Hruodrud) (777–810)
  • Louis the Pious, (778–840) king of Aquitaine from 781, emperor from 813 (sole Emperor from 814) until 840
  • Lothair, twin brother of Louis, (778–780) died young in 780
  • Bertha (779–823?)
  • Gisela (781–808?)
  • Hildegarde (782–783?)


  1. ^ As described by historians such as Pierre Riché (The Carolingians, p.86.), Lewis Thorpe (Two Lives of Charlemagne, p.216) and others. Other historians list Himiltrude, described by Einhard as a concubine, as Charlemagne's first wife, and reorder his subsequent wives; accordingly Hildegard is sometimes numbered as his third wife. See Dieter Hägemann (Karl der Große. Herrscher des Abendlands, Ullstein 2003, p. 82f.), Collins (Charlemagne, p. 40.).
Hildegard of the Vinzgau
Udalriching dynasty
Born: 758 Died: 783
Preceded by
Desiderata and Gerberge
Queen of the Franks
c. 771–783
Succeeded by