Note: Gisela of Hungary From Wikipedia Blessed Giselle of Bavaria Apostolic Queen consort of Hungary Reign 1001\endash 1038 Spouse Saint Stephen Issue Saint Emeric Father Henry II, Duke of Bavaria Mother Gisela of Burgundy Born c. 985 Died 7 May 1065 Passau, Germany Burial Veszprem, Hungary Gisela of Hungary (or Gisele, Gizella and of Bavaria), c. 985\endash 1033 or 1065, was the daughter of Henry II, Duke of Bavaria and Gisela of Burgundy. Statue of King Stephen I of Hungary and Queen Giselle in Veszpr�m (Hungary) Bone of Queen Giselle. Kept in a church in Veszpr�m (Hungary) She married King Stephen I of Hungary in 995 (some sources say 1008) as a part of Hungary's policy of opening up to the West. The couple had at least three children, including Saint Emeric (Szent Imre); most of their children died young without having left descendants; however, their daughter, Princess Agatha of Hungary (Algithe) became the wife of Edward the Exile and actually had issue - she became the mother of Saint Margaret of Scotland--'The Exile' who was the wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland. She lived a respectable life and helped Christianize the Hungarian people. After the death of her husband Stephen, she was forced to leave Hungary. She lived in the nunnery of Niedernburg in Passau, where she died. Her grave is a well-known holy place. Her canonisation was attempted in the 18th century but failed. She was declared Blessed in 1975. Her memorial days are 7 May (the name day for Gizella) and 1 February. Gisela of Hungry and her husband were not buried together, and nearly a thousand years later on the weekend of May 4, 1996 their bodies as well as their spirits were reunited. They preserved the remains of King Istvan's right hand and it was brought back together with a bone taken from the arm of his wife, Queen Gisela. Both are now safely protected in glass and gold cases and are now displayed in the basilica in the western town of Veszprem, where Queen Gisela once lived. The wedding of Istvan and Gisela on 4 May 996 marked a turning point in Hungary's history. As the sister of the Duke of Bavaria, Gisela's union with Istvan crystallised the alliance between Hungary and the German empire. It also marked Hungary's conversion to Catholicism, which was acknowledged by Pope Sylvester II four years later when he crowned Istvan as the first Christian King of Hungary and agreed to his subsequent canonisation. As Laszlo Diossy, the mayor of Veszprem, said: "Hungary was founded by Istvan and Gisela." The cross was commissioned by Queen Gisela of Hungary for the tomb of her mother, Gisela of Burgundy, Duchess of Bavaria, who died in 1006 and was buried in the Niederm�nster in Regensburg.
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