Gisela of Neustria was the elder daughter of the Emperor Louis I the Pious (816 – 840) and his second wife Judith of Altdorf, the daughter of Welf II, Count of Altdorf, and was full sister to the Emperor Charles II the Bald (875 – 877). The Emperor Louis caused Gisela to be married (c836) to Count Eberhard (c810 – 866) the son of Unruoch, a count of the empire. The marriage was designed to gain the support of the powerful Unruoching family for the weakening power of the Imperial crown.
In consequence of this marriage with an imperial princess, Eberhard was given the government of the region of Friuli, north of Venice, and was created the first hereditary duke. At Eberhard's death Duchess Gisela inherited his entire private library, and three of their daughters inherited legacies of specific books. Gisela of Friuli made her will (July 1, 874) and died soon afterwards, being interred with Eberhard within the Abbey of St Calixtus at Cysoing.
Through her daughter Heiliwich of Ostrevant Gisela was the direct ancestress of Aethelred II, King of England (978 – 1016), and of the noble English family, the Tracys of Toddington, whose coat of arms proudly displays their descent from the Emperor Charlemagne (800 – 814). Her children were,
Eberhard of Friuli (c837 – before June 2, 840). He died in infancy.
Ingeltrude of Friuli (c839 – after 874). She became the wife of Henry of Saalgau and Grabfeldgau (c830 – 886), Duke of Austrasia and left descendants.
Unruoch II (c840 – 874). He succeeded his father as Duke of Friuli (866 – 874) and was married to Ava of Alsace, the daughter of Luitfrid II of Alsace, Count of Sundgau and left issue.
Judith of Friuli (Waldrada) (c842 – c902). She married firstly to Konrad II of Auxerre, Margrave of Burgundy, and secondly to Adalbert II (c837 – c905), Count of Thurgau and left descendants from both marriages.
Berengar I of Friuli (c843 – 924). He became Holy Roman Emperor (905 – 924) and was married three times and left issue.
Bertha of Friuli (c844 – after 874). She became the second wife of Sigisbert (died c885), Count of Razes and left issue.
Adalhard of Friuli (c845 – after 874). He became Marquis of Friuli and was lay Abbot of St Amand. He was married and left issue.
Gisela of Friuli (c847 – after 863). No husband is recorded for her and she may have died unmarried.
Rudolf of Friuli (Raoul, Ralph) (c850 – 892). He took holy orders and became the Abbot of the abbeys of St Vaast and St Bertin.
Heiliwich of Friuli (c857 – 936). She was married firstly to Count Hucbald of Ostrevant (died c891) and secondly to Count Roger I of Laon (died 898), and left issue from both marriages. From: A Bit of History
Saint Eberhard Eberhard von Of Friuli*
Helwise Von Friaul*
Departement du Nord
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