Person:Bertha of the Franks (1)

Bertha of the Franks
b.abt 0779
d.aft 0823
Facts and Events
Name Bertha of the Franks
Alt Name[2] Berta
Alt Name[2] Bertrada
Gender Female
Birth[2] abt 0779
Marriage est 795 Cohabitation?
to Angilbert , Abbott de Ste-Riquier
Death[1] aft 0823
Reference Number[3] Q827676?

Na aanvankelijk verloofd te zijn (ca. 789) met Ecgfrith, zoon van koning Offa, had zij een relatie met Angilbert (overl. 18 feb 814), hoofd van de raad van de jonge Pippijn (geb. 781).

Translation of above: After initially being engaged (around 789) to Ecgfrith, son of King Offa, she had a relationship with Angilbert (d. 18 February 814), head of the council of the young Pepin (b. 781).

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Bertha of France (fl. ca. 800), also known as Bertha of the Holy Roman Empire, was daughter of Charlemagne, King of the Franks.

Bertha was raised with her brothers and sisters in the royal household of Charlemagne, who had all of his children educated by tutors.

An offer by Offa of Mercia to arrange a marriage between Bertha and his son, Ecgfrith, led to Charlemagne breaking off diplomatic relations with Britain in 790, and banning British ships from his ports. Like her sisters, Bertha never formally married; it has been speculated that Charlemagne did not want his daughters married for strategic reasons, fearing political rivalry from their potential husbands.

Bertha was in a long relationship with Angilbert, a court official, which produced two children. During 794-5, Angilbert presented a poem as a court entertainment, praising the beauty and charms of Charlemagne's daughters; Bertha is praised in particular for having critical discernment and appreciation for poetry, which Angilbert points out is a cause for him to be concerned about how she might receive his poem.

Bertha's children with Angilbert were sons Hartnid, about whom little is known, and the historian Nithard, Abbott of St. Riquier. Angilbert ended his affair with Bertha and entered a monastery, becoming Abbott of St. Riquier. There he did penance, according a biography written by their son, Nithard. Angilbert remained an important advisor to Charlemagne, however. The children of Bertha and Angilbert were likely educated in Charlemagne's court. Nithard was a distinguished soldier and politician, and acted as an advisor to Charles the Bald of France.

Following the death of Charlemagne, his successor, Louis the Pious, exiled his sisters to the convents that had been left for their inheritance by their father.

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  1. Brian Tompsett, (i)Directory of Royal Genealogy Data(/i) (United Kingdom: University of Hull,).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 BERTRADA [Berta] ([779/80]-11 Mar, 824 or after)., in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  3. Bertha, daughter of Charlemagne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.