Ermengarde of Hesbaye, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and Queen of the Franks, sounds impressive doesn’t it? She was born about 780 CE to Count Ingerman of Hesbaye and Hedwig of Bavaria. She possibly began as concubine to Louis the Pious when he was simply King of Aquitaine and later married him around 794. (She is the second of the wives of Louis the Pious that I have profiled, and the second I am descended from.) They had six children together, including the three sons, Lothair, Pepin and Louis the German who caused some many problems for dad, stepmom and little brother that was discussed when I covered Judith of Bavaria. Originally Louis was going to have to share Charlemagne’s lands with her brothers Pepin and Charles but when the died before dad Louis became co-Emperor and then Emperor in his own right on October 5, 816. The couple was anointed and crowned by Pope Stephen IV at Reims Cathedral. She died October 3, 818 in Angers, Neustria in which is now France.