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Gisela I of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, Queen Regent of all Arendaal
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Queen Regent of Arendaal
Reign 1328 – 1350
Coronation Sep 1328, Kronstad
Predecessor King Kristian I
Successor King Edvard II
Queen Consort of Suionia
Consort 1326 - 1349
Consort of King x of Suionia
Predecessor King Kristian I
Successor Louise of Montelimar
Consort King of Suionia
Birth 1308, Thorvald
Death 1350, Loire
Father King Kristian I of Arendaal
Mother Ursula of Franken
Issue Edvard II of Arendaal
Richenza, Talemantine Empress
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard
Full Name Gisela der Langsvard-Kapét
Religion Christian (Catholic)
Buried Saint Chapelle, Emyn Arnen
OOC Mary - Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck; Marriage in an illuminated manuscript by Girart de Roussillon

Gisela I of Arendaal ("Gisela the Good" or "Gisela the Fair") (1308 - 1350) was the Queen Regent of Arendaal between 1328 and 1350. She was the daughter of King Kristian I of Arendaal and Ursula of Franken. Gisela I famously married the King of Suionia, becoming one of the only Aren Queen Regents to marry a foreign sovreign (Kristianna I would be another). Their marriage led to the Union of Bergen (1350-1424), a series of personal unions by which the Aren Kings also inherited the Suionian crown, when their son King Edvard II ascended both thrones by 1350.


Map showing the combined territories of Arendaal and Suioniathat would be ruled by Gisela's successors, the Kings of Arendaal, with the Union of Bergen (1350-1424)

Gisela I had an older brother, who died shortly before his thirteenth birthday. At the time Gisela was already betrothed to the heir presumptive to the Crown of Suionia, and suddenly her choice of husband became a matter of paramount concern. The Covenant of Kronstad stipulated that the children of any Aren princess who married a foreign sovereign gave up their right to the Aren throne - however Gisela's father Kristian I was adamant that her children should inherit his throne. Thus an elaborate marriage contract was drawn up. Gisela I would remain the ruler of Arendaal and of her sons, one would inherit the Aren Crown and the other would become King of Suionia. However, Gisela I and her husband had only one son, Edvard II. After their respective deaths Edvard became ruler of both Kingdoms simultaneously, forging the brief series of personal unions by which both states were ruled by the same monarch.


Miniature of Gisela I on her wedding day
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

House of Sverker
Last monarch
   Isabelle I of Arendaal
Children include
   Sven III of Arendaal
Sven III
Consort
   Immanuelle of Saxony
Children include
   Kristian I of Arendaal
   Alienore,QueenofMontelimar
   Erika, Countess of Schlesnitz
   Hilda,Queen of Eiffelland
Kristian I
Consort
   Ursula of Franken
Children include
   Gisela I of Arendaal
Gisela I
Consort
   King of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard II of Arendaal
   Richenza,TalemantineEmpress
Edvard II
Consorts
   Louise of Montelimar
   Catharina of Batavie
Children include
   Crown Prince Lief (married Martha of Anglyn)
   Rikissa,Duchessof Franken
   Viveka,HolyGermanicEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Blanche I of Arendaal
   Nissa,Queen ofMontelimar
Blanche I
Consort
   Karl August of Saxony
Children include
    Niklaas III of Arendaal
    Kristine,TalemantineEmpress
House of Kronhielm

Gisela I provides an excellent example of a successful medieval Queen Regent, much in the same vein as her greatgrandmother Isabelle I had been. When she became queen, her authority was based on hereditary and civil law, as William of Tyre wrote:"the rule of the kingdom remained in the power of the lady queen Gisela, a queen beloved by God, to whom it passed by hereditary right".

She and her husband ruled their Kingdoms as co-rulers of sorts, lending each other mutual support and advice as their extensive correspondence indicates. She is characterized as shrewd and with good sense, though some Suionian chroniclers resented her influence over her husband. One account attributes to her "the weakness and changeability of women", mixing sex and sensuality with politics to her advantage. Modern historians note that these observations were hardly neutral or dispassionate, and explain them with reference to Gisela's great power. As one historian wrote, "There is no question that the queen was in control, perhaps all too much in control, of events".

A poem written in 1326 describes Gisela I upon her wedding day:
"Venus did not have this virgin's beauty,
Minerva did not have her brilliant mind
And Juno did not have her wealth.
There never was another except God's mother Mary
And Gisela is so happy she excels her."

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

Queen Gisela I of Arendaal married King x of Suionia in 1326. Their children included:

Other Royal RelationsEdit

AncestorsEdit

Gisela I of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
Geoffrey of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
King Sven III of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Frederik I of Arendaal
 
 
Queen Isabelle I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucrezia of the Talemantine Empire
 
 
King Kristian I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Maximilian I
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor Maximilian II
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isolde of Arendaal
 
 
Immanuelle of Saxony (Wiese)
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Gisela I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Duke Heinrich III of Franken
 
 
Duke Thomas III of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Franken
 
 
Duke Uwe IV of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Duchess of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Ursula of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Duchess of Franken
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 


See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Langsvard

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Kristian I
1309 - 1328
Queen Regent of Arendaal
1328 – 1350
Succeeded by
King Edvard II
1350 - 1388
Princess Regent of Norseberg
1328 – 1350
Grand Duchess Regent of Emyn Arnen
1328 – 1350
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
King Kristian I
Heir to the Aren Throne
1309 - 1328
Succeeded by
King Edvard II
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
x
Queen Consort of Suionia
1326 - 1349
Succeeded by
x

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