de Aries,  Princess of Lorraine Bertha

de Aries, Princess of Lorraine Bertha

Female 863 - 925  (62 years)

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  • Name de Aries, Bertha 
    Title Princess of Lorraine 
    Born 863  Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death Arles, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Find A Grave Memorial 158554118 
    Died 8 Mar 925 
    Buried Lucca, Toscana, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cattedrale di San Martino
    Person ID I6624  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2018 

    Father Lothaire ll,   b. Abt 835, Alsace, Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 869, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother de Wormsgau, Waldrada,   b. Abt 836, Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 868, Remiremont, Vosges, Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Oct 862 
    Family ID F2480  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 d'Arles, Thibaut,   b. 860, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 925, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
     1. de Tuscany, Boso,   b. 885, Arles, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 936, Arles, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F10849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Adalbert,   b. 864, Tuscania, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 915, Lucca, Toscana, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 898 
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F2463  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 863 - Lorraine, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - - Arles, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lucca, Toscana, Italy Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bertha de Aries
    Bertha de Aries

    Headstones
    Bertha de Aries Grave
    Bertha de Aries Grave

  • Notes 
    • Bertha (died 925) was the second illegitimate daughter of Lothair II, King of Lotharingia, by his concubine Waldrada. She was renowned to be beautiful, spirited, and courageous. Ambition, coupled with her influence, involved her husbands in many wars.
      Between 879 and 880, Bertha married her first husband, Theobald of Arles. A Bosonid, his father was Hucbert, whose brother-in-law was, Lothair II. Bertha and Theobald had four children including two sons and two daughters:
      Hugh (882 - 10 April 947), later king of Italy ;
      Boso (885-936);
      Teuberga of Arles (890-948);
      and an unknown daughter (d. after 924).
      Her second husband was Adalbert II of Tuscany, by whom she had two other sons, Guy and Lambert (who ruled Tuscany later), and a daughter, Ermengard, who married Adalbert I of Ivrea. After the death of Adalbert II in 915, Guy became the count and duke of Lucca and margrave of Tuscany. His mother was his regent from his father's death until 916.
      Guy's minority was spent under her regency. When Hugh desired to marry Marozia, the widow of his half-brother Guy, he tried to eliminate the descendants of his mother by her second husband.
      Bertha is also known for her curious correspondence to Caliph al-Muktafi in 906, in which she described herself rather grandly as "Queen of the Franks". Bertha's letter is of interest in that she appears to have little knowledge of Baghdad politics or culture, and it is for this reason that details of her correspondence were recorded by one of the Muslim chroniclers. Bertha was seeking a marriage alliance between herself and the Emir of Sicily, unaware that al-Mukfati has little influence over the Aghlabid colony in Sicily. Moreover, the letter was written in a language unfamiliar to the Caliph's translators, and the accompanying gifts (among them a multicoloured woollen coat) which no doubt indicated a largesse on Bertha's part, were unlikely to have impressed al-Muktafi beyond their novelty value.

      Progeny
      Around 915, Ermengard married Adalbert I of Ivrea and they had a son, Anscar, Duke of Spoleto.
      Hugh was count of Arles (911-923), count of Provence (911-933) and became king of Italy in 924. In the same year, his half-brother Guy married Marozia. On Guy's death in 928 or 929, his brother Lambert came into possession of Guy's familial possession of Lucca and of Tuscany. Also after Guy's death, Hugh desired to marry Guy's widow. However, Hugh was already married, so he had that marriage annulled. Another impediment was the Church's prohibition of the marriage because of the affinity relationship between them; so Hugh disowned and removed Bertha's descendants by Adalbert II. Lambert was removed from his familial possession of Lucca and of Tuscany, which were given in 931 to Hugh's brother Boso. Hugh and Marozia married in 932. However, during the wedding ceremonies Hugh insulted Alberic II, Marozia's son by her first marriage to Alberic I of Spoleto, who then stirred a Roman mob to revolt against Hugh, who was deposed but escaped the city. Alberic II was now ruler of Rome until his death in 954, and he imprisoned his mother for over 5 years, until her death in 937. In 933, Hugh exchanged Provence with Rudolph II of Upper Burgundy for the rule of Italy. Rudolph also married his daughter Adelaide to Hugh's son Lothair, who became nominal King of Italy in 948. In 936 Hugh deposed and arrested his brother Boso, and made his illegitimate son Humbert margrave of Tuscany. In 936, Alberic II married his stepsister Alda, Hugh's daughter, and they had a son, Octavianus. On his deathbed Alberic nominated Octavianus as pope, becoming Pope John XII. The nobles of Rome successfully revolted against Hugh in 945, who was forced into exile.

  • Sources 
    1. [S536] Online Resource, http: familytreemaker.genealogy.com users a r e Charles-L-Arendts-ID WEBSITE-0001 UHP-0651.html.