Welf (father of Judith)
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Depiction in the Historia Welforum, about 1170
|Noble family||Elder House of Welf|
|Spouse(s)||Hedwig of Saxony|
Welf originated from a distinguished dynasty of Franconian nobles. He is mentioned only once: on the occasion of the wedding of his daughter Judith with Emperor Louis the Pious in 819 at Aachen. His son Conrad later appeared as a dux (duke) in Alamannia and achieved a powerful position in the Upper Swabian estates he possibly had inherited from his mother Hedwig (Heilwig).
His family became politically powerful when Louis the Pious chose his oldest daughter as his 2nd wife upon the death of his consort Ermengarde of Hesbaye. Though Welf himself never became publicly prominent, his family became interwoven with the Carolingian dynasty, as his oldest daughter Judith married Emperor Louis the Pious, and his youngest married the emperors son, Prince Louis the German. His grandchildren would rule both France (Charles the Bald) and Germany (Carloman of Bavaria, Louis the Younger and Charles the Fat).
Marriage and issue
- Judith (c.797- 843), married to Emperor Louis the Pious, Roman Empress and Frankish Queen;
- Conrad (c.800-864), Count of Auxerre, ancestor of the Welf kings of Burgundy;
- Rudolph (c.802-866), Count of Ponthieu;
- Hemma (c.803-876), Frankish Queen, married to King Louis the German, son of Emperor Louis the Pious.
- Riche 1993, p. Table 5.
- Riche, Pierre (1993). The Carolingians, A Family Who Forged Europe. Translated by Allen, Michael Idomir. University of Philadelphia Press.