Gisela of Berg-Gerresheim, Queen of Gezir

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Gisela of Berg-Gerresheim, Queen of Gezir (Gezirite Hungarian: Berggereszhím-tól Gizzela, German: Gisela von Berg-Gerresheim; c.1063 – January 1121) was queen of Gezir between 1078 and 1121. She was born into the House of Berg as the only daughter of Freidrich, son of Adolf I of Berg. The family was a part of the Ezzonids. Emperor Henry the fourth impressed by King Lazar's contribution against the anti-Emperor Rudolf of Rheinfelden. He was awarded 2000 gold coins, a massive amount for that period. Henry's move inspired ambition amongst Friedrich who sent his daughter Gisela to marry Lazar. The marriage was held in proxy, to the dismay of other German nobles. Friedrich's marriage proved to be a boon to the Bergs. Friedrich's brother, Adolf II of Berg was soon awarded the city of Düsseldorf.

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The court historian al-Wafi al-Midwânî (Élváfí Élmidványi) who arrived in 1172, wrote about her arrival in 1178. He mentions that she took 20 days to arrive from her native lands to the Kingdom. Élmidványi writes her arrival was a new period in the Kingdom's history. He writes that Queen Rachael welcomed her with apprehension, yet tried to adjust with her. She was of a noble house, unlike Rachael who lived a commoners' life. Gisela was the first Queen to have been coronated. Lazar granted Németdomb to the German entourage.

Political factions and early diplomatic efforts[edit]

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