Eadgifu of Wessex (902-aft955)

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Eadgifu of Wessex was born 902 to Edward the Elder (c870-924) and Ælfflæd (c880-) and died after 955 of unspecified causes. She married Charles the Simple (879-929) 919 in France. She married Herbert III de Vermandois (c913-c982) . Notable ancestors include Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, France.


Eadgifu was Princess of Wessex, Queen of France, Countess of Omois, Meaux, Reims and Troyes. The German Wikipedia has her have two sons with Herbert[1], but other sources on her and her second husband claim that the marriage was childless.

Eadgifu or Edgifu, also known as Edgiva or Ogive (Old English: Ēadgifu; 902 – after 955) was a daughter of Edward the Elder (c870-924), King of Wessex and England, and his second wife Ælfflæd (c880-). She was born in Wessex.

Marriage to the French King

Eadgifu was one of three West Saxon sisters married to Continental kings: the others were Eadgyth, who married Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor and Eadhild, who married Hugh the Great.

Eadgifu became the second wife of King Charles III of France, aka Charles the Simple, a Carolingian king and great, great grandson of Charlemagne (747-814), whom she married in 919 after the death of his first wife, Frederonne.

Eadgifu was mother to Louis IV King of France.

Flight to England

In 922 Charles III was deposed and the next year taken prisoner by Count Herbert II of Vermandois, an ally of the then current king. To protect her son's safety Eadgifu took him to England in 923 to the court of her half-brother, King Æthelstan of England. Because of this, Louis IV of France became known as Louis d'Outremer of France. He stayed there until 936, when he was called back to France to be crowned King. Eadgifu accompanied him.

She retired to a convent in Laon. In 951, Heribert the Old, Count of Omois, abducted and married her, to the great anger of her son.


Offspring of Eadgifu of Wessex and Charles the Simple (879-929)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Louis IV (c920-954) 10 September 920 London 30 September 954 Reims, France Gerberga von Sachsen (913-969)


Offspring of Edward of Wessex and Ecgwynn (c875-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edith of Polesworth (c896-) 896 England Ireland Sitric Cáech (c890-927)

Athelstan (895-939) 895 Wessex 27 October 929 Gloucestershire, England

Offspring of Edward of Wessex and Ælfflæd (c880-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eadgifu of Wessex (902-aft955) 902 955 Charles the Simple (879-929)
Herbert III de Vermandois (c913-c982)

Eadgyth of Wessex (910-946) 910 26 January 946 Otto I von Sachsen (912-973)

Eadhilda of Wessex (-937) 937 Hugh the Great (898-956)

Ælfgifu of Wessex (-)
Eadflæd of Wessex (-)
Ælfweard of Wessex (904-924) 904 Wessex, England 2 August 924 Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Edwin Ætheling (c912-933) 912 Wessex, England 933 England

Offspring of Edward of Wessex and Eadgifu of Kent (c902-968)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edmund of Wessex (922-946) 922 26 May 946 Ælfgifu of Shaftesbury (-944)
Æthelflæd of Damerham (-c975)

Eadred of Wessex (c924-955) 923 Wessex, England 23 November 955 Frome, Somerset, England
Edburga of Winchester (c925-960) 925 Wessex, England 15 June 960

References Eadgifu of Wessex] - Wikipedia

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