Waldrada of Wormsgau

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German: Waldrade, French: Waldrade
Also Known As: "Waldrada", "Waldrade Von Sachsen"
Birthplace: Lorraine, Grand Est, France
Death: 869
Remiremont, Vosges, Lorraine, France
Place of Burial: Lorraine, France
Immediate Family:

Wife of Conrad II "the Younger", Duke of Upper Burgundy
Ex-partner of Lothair II, king of Lotharingia
Mother of Adelaide of Burgundy; Rudolph I, king of Upper Burgundy; Hugh, Duke of Alsace; Bertha, margravine of Tuscany; Gisela of Lotharingia, Princess Of Lorraine and 1 other

Occupation: Drottning av Lothringen, Kejsarinna av Lothringen, Queen of Lotharingia, non in Remiremont, non
Managed by: Daniel Eliot Boese
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About Waldrada of Wormsgau

- http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/HOLLAND.htm#WaldradaMLotharII

d. [WALDRADA (-9 Apr after 868). One manuscript of the Gesta Treverorum names "Waldradam sororem…Guntheri Coloniensis archiepiscopus" when recording her adulterous relationship with King Lothaire II[137]. The Cæsarii Heisterbacensis Catalogus of archbishops of Köln records that the concubine of "Lotharius" was "Waldradam, sororem Guntheri archiepiscopi Coloniensis" and that her brother encouraged Lothaire to leave his legitimate wife for Waldrada, for which he was excommunicated by the Pope[138]. The Annales Novesienses record that “Guntherus episcopus Coloniensis” had “sororem…Vastradam…aliis Waldradam” whom “dux Lotharingiæ Lotharius…superdixit” after her brother approved his divorce from “legitima uxore Tyberga”[139]. According to Baron Ernouf[140], Gunther archbishop of Köln was uncle of Waldrada and Thetgaud archbishop of Trier was her brother, but the primary source on which this is based has not yet been identified. The Annales Bertiniani names "Hlotharius Waldradam concubinam" when recording that Lothaire purported to marry her in 862 and crowned her with the support of "Liutfrido avunculo suo et Waltario"[141]. Waldrada was also related to the Etichonen Grafen im Nordgau (ALSACE), as shown by the Vita Sancti Deicoli which names "Waldrada…Heberardo comitis consanguinitatis"[142], but the precise relationship is not known. Folcuin records King Lothaire's excommunication after repudiating his wife for Waldrada[143]. King Lothaire purported to marry Waldrada in [Aug/Sep] 862 and crowned her as Queen, but this was not recognised by the church[144]. She became a nun at Remiremont.

  • Mistress (from [855]) of LOTHAIRE II King of Lotharingia, son of Emperor LOTHAIRE I King of Lotharingia & his wife Ermengarde de Tours (-Piacenza 8 Aug 868).

Lothair II of Lotharingia

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Lothair, whose desire for the divorce was prompted by his affection for his mistress, Waldrada, put away Theutberga, but Hucbert took up arms on her behalf, and after she had submitted successfully to the ordeal of water, Lothair was compelled to restore her in 858. Still pursuing his purpose, he won the support of his brother, Emperor Louis II, by a cession of lands and obtained the consent of the local clergy to the divorce and to his marriage with Waldrada, which took place in 862.

A synod of Frankish bishops met at Metz in 863 and confirmed this decision, but Teutberga fled to the court of Charles the Bald, and Pope Nicholas I voided the decision of the synod. An attack on Rome by the emperor was without result, and in 865 Lothair, threatened with excommunication and convinced that Louis and Charles at their recent meeting had discussed the partition of his kingdom, again took back his wife. Teutberga, however, either from inclination or compulsion, now expressed her desire for a divorce, and Lothair went to Italy to obtain the assent of the new pope, Adrian II. Placing a favourable interpretation upon the words of the pope, he had set out on the return journey, when he was seized with fever and died at Piacenza on the August 8, 869. He left, by Waldrada, a son Hugo who was declared illegitimate, and his kingdom was divided between his uncles Charles the Bald and Louis the German by the Treaty of Mersen.

[edit]Illegitimate children

Hugh (c.855-895), Duke of Alsace

Gisela (865-908), married Godfrey, Duke of Frisia

Bertha (c.863-925), married Theobald of Arles, brother of Theutberga, and then Adalbert II of Tuscany



Hincmar, "Opusculum de divortio Lotharii regis et Tetbergae reginae," in Cursus completus patrologiae, tome cxxv., edited by J. P. Migne (Paris, 1857-1879)

M. Sdralek, Hinkmars von Rheims Kanonistisches Gutachten uber die Ehescheidung des Königs Lothar II (Freiburg, 1881)

E. Dummler, Geschichte des ostfränkischen Reiches (Leipzig, 1887-1888)

E. Muhlbacher, Die Regenten des Kaiserreichs unter den Karolingern (Innsbruck, 1881)

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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Waldrada of Wormsgau's Timeline

Auxerre, Transjurania, Bourgogne, France
Bourgogne, France
Lorraine, France
Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
Remiremont, Vosges, Lorraine, France
Lorraine, France
Lorraine, Grand Est, France