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WOMEN’S HISTORYADELAÏDA DE PEITIEUS (c. 945 or 952 – 1004)

Adelaïda de Peitieus was the wife and queen of Hugues Capet, the first Capetian king of the Franks. She is generally supposed to have been the daughter of Guilhèm Cap d'estopa, duc d'Aquitània and Adèle de Normandie. She and Hugues married in 969, after her father signed a treaty with him.

The last Carolinigian king of the Franks, Louis V, died childless on 21 May 987. On 3 July 987, Hugues was elected king by the nobles and he and Adelaïda were crowned the same day. Their son, Robert, was crowned as co-king on 30 December 987. They also had at least two daughters, Gisèle and Edwige.

Gisèle married Hugues Ier, comte de Ponthieu and was the ancestor of Isabel de Warenne, Countess of Surrey and Leonor de Castilla. Edwige married Reinier IV, graaf van Bergen. Her granddaughter or granddaughter-in-law, Richilde, married Baudouin VI de Flandre, the brother of Mathilde de Flandre.