Robert DE CHÂLON, Vicomte d'Autun et de Dijon
(-Aft 952)
Cte Lambert DE CHÂLON
Unknown first wife?
Gerberge DE CHÂLON Countess of Burgundy
(Abt 945-986)


Family Links

1. Adalberto D' IVREA associate King of Italy

2. Cte Henri DE NEVERS, Duc de Bourgogne

Gerberge DE CHÂLON

  • Born: Abt 945
  • Married (1): Before 962
  • Married (2): Abt 973
  • Died: 11 Dec 986-991, Château de Pouilly, Pouilly-Sur-Saone, Bourgogne

  General Notes:

Compiler's 29/30/31/32 x great-grandmother

  Research Notes:

Her name and her two marriages are confirmed by the Chronicle of Saint-Bénigne, interpolated into the Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines, which names "Guilelmum Ottonem et eius matrem Gerbergam" when recording that her son was adopted by his mother's second husband "dux Burgundie Henricus". Her birth date is estimated from the estimated birth date of her son in [960/62]. The Vita of Hugues Comte de Chalon refers to his (unnamed) sister as having married the Duke of Burgundy. Chronologically, this refers most probably to Duke Henri who died in 1002... Gerberge's origin has not yet been corroborated in the other primary sources so far consulted. The Vita appears to indicate that she was Gerberge, daughter of Lambert Comte de Chalon, but this raises several problems if it is correct. Firstly, on the death without direct heirs in 1039 of her supposed brother Hugues Comte de Chalon, the county was inherited by the comparatively obscure children of his younger sister Mathilde, apparently ignoring the superior claims of Gerberge's own numerous descendants, among whom were the powerful counts palatine of Burgundy who, one would have thought, would not have missed the opportunity of acquiring another county. Rodulfus Glaber does record that "Hugo filius Lanberti Cabilonensis comitis…episcopus Autissioderi" was an opponent of "Willemus, Henrici ducis priuignus, Adalberti Longobardorum ducis filius", which could explain why Bishop Hugues favoured his nephew by his younger sister to succeed to his county. Nevertheless, after the bishop's death, his past opposition to Comte Otto-Guillaume may have provided an excuse for his son to intervene in the Chalon succession if he had a legitimate claim. Secondly, considering the likely birth date of her son, Gerberge's first marriage must have taken place while her husband and father-in-law were still reigning kings of Italy. They were under continuous pressure from Otto I King of Germany and it is likely that Adalberto's marriage could have brought additional political support. It is not clear how the relatively obscure count of Chalon could have provided this. Thirdly, after the death in 978 of Lambert Comte de Chalon, and his widow's second marriage to Geoffroy I Comte d'Anjou, no record has been found in the primary sources so far consulted of Henri Duke of Burgundy intervening to prevent Comte Geoffroy taking control of the county of Chalon, which would have been the likely course of action if his wife was the deceased count's oldest child. Fourthly, Gerberge's estimated birth date creates serious chronological problems if she was the daughter of Lambert's only known wife Adelais. In conclusion, considerable doubt therefore appears to subsist on this origin of Gerberge, although no alternative can as yet be proposed if we are to respect the wording of the Vita. 1


Note: A number of secondary sources show Gerberge as the daughter of Leotald, comte de Mâcon and Besançon. However, see notes under purported father, Lambert, comte de Châlon.

  Marriage Information:

Gerberge married Adalberto D' IVREA associate King of Italy, son of Berengario II D' IVREA, King of Italy and Willa D' ARLES, before 962. (Adalberto D' IVREA was born between 932 and 936 and died on 30 Apr 971 in Autun, Saone-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France.)

  Marriage Information:

Gerberge also married Cte Henri DE NEVERS, Duc de Bourgogne, son of Duc Hugues "le Grand" DE BOURGOGNE et des Francs and Hedwig VON SACHSEN, about 973. (Henri DE NEVERS was born in 946 in Nevers, Nièvre, Bourgogne, France and died on 15 Oct 1001/2.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Gerberga.

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