Rozala (Suzanne) D' IVREA, Queen of France
- Born: Between 950 and 960
- Married (1): Abt 968
- Married (2): Before 1 Apr 988
- Died: 13 Dec 1003, Gent, Luxembourg, Belgium
- Buried: Gent, Luxembourg, Belgium
Also called Rozala (Suzanne) DI IVREA 1
compiler's 31/32 x great grandmother
Alternative death date: 7 Feb 1004.
Regino records that two of the daughters (unnamed) of ex-King Berengario were brought up in the imperial palace by the empress after being brought to Germany. One of these two daughters was presumably Rozala, bearing in mind that the emperor arranged her marriage. The Genealogica Comitum Flandriæ Bertiniana names "filiam Berengeri regis Langobardorum, Ruzelam quæ et Susanna" as wife of Comte Arnoul. The Annales Elnonenses Minores record the marriage [undated between 950 and 968] of "Arnulfus iunior" and "filiam Beregeri regis Susannam". Her marriage was presumably arranged by Emperor Otto to increase his influence in Flanders at a time when Lothaire IV King of the West Franks was asserting his own control over the county. According to Nicholas, Count Arnoul II married Rozala di Ivrea when he reached the age of majority in 976, but the source on which this is based has not been located. "Baldwinus marchysus cum matre sua Susanna" donated "villam Aflingehem…jacentem in pago Tornacinse" to Saint-Pierre de Gand, after the death of "Arnulfi marchysi", by charter dated 1 Apr 988, signed by "…Waldberto advocato, Theoderico comite, Arnulfo comite, Artoldo comite, Baldwino comite, item Arnulfo comite…". The Vita Sancti Bertulfi names "Rozala filia…Berengarii Regis Italiæ", specifying that "post mortem Arnulfi [Balduini filius] principis, Roberto Regi Francorum nupsit et Susanna dicta". Kerrebrouck, presumably basing his supposition on this passage from the Vita Sancti Bertulfi, says that she adopted the name Suzanne on her second marriage, but the sources quoted above show that she was referred to by this name earlier. Hugues "Capet" King of France arranged her second marriage to his son and heir, apparently as a reward for Flemish help when he seized power in 987. She was given Montreuil-sur-Mer by the county of Flanders as her dowry on her second marriage. Richer records that King Robert repudiated his wife "Susannam…genere Italicam eo quod anus esset" but refused to allow her to retake her castle at Montreuil, whereupon she constructed another nearby. She returned to Flanders after she was repudiated by her second husband, and became one of the principal advisers of her son Count Baldwin IV. France retained Montreuil-sur-Mer. "Susanna regina cum filio suo Baldwino" donated "alodem suum…Atingehem…et in Testereph" to Saint-Pierre de Gand, for the soul of "filie sue Mathildis", by charter dated 26 Jun 995. "Susanna regina…cum filio suo Baldwino" donated "alodem suum…in pago Flandrensi…in Holtawa…in Fresnere…in Clemeskirca…in Jatbeka…in Sclefteta…" to Saint-Pierre de Gand by charter dated 1 Jun 1003.
The Annales Elnonenses Minores records the death in 1003 of "Susanna regina". The Memorial of "regina Susanna" records her death "VII Feb". 2
Rozala married Cte Arnoul II "Le Jeune" DE FLANDRE, son of Cte Baudouin III DE FLANDRE and Mathilde (Maud) Billung VON SACHSEN, about 968. (Arnoul II "Le Jeune" DE FLANDRE was born in Dec 961 in Flandres, Belgium, died on 23 Mar 987 in Ghent, Belgium and was buried on 30 Mar 987 in Chapel of St. Laurent.)
Rozala also married Robert II "Le Pieux" CAPET, King of France, son of Hugh CAPET Count of Paris, King of France and Adelais DE POITOU, before 1 Apr 988. Robert repudiated Rozala/Suzanne in 991/2. (Robert II "Le Pieux" CAPET was born on 27 Mar 972 in Orléans, Loiret, Centre, France, died on 20 Jul 1031 in Melun, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, France and was buried in St. Denis Abbey, St. Denis, Seine, France.)