Bertha

European - Daughter of Floris and Blanchfleur. Wife of Pepin I. Mother of Charlemagne. Her old nurse, Margiste, imprisoned Bertha and arranged that her own daughter, Aliste, should take Bertha's place and become Pepin's queen. The warders ordered to kill her allowed Bertha to escape and she took refuge with Symon, Pepin's cowherd, and his wife Constance. When Berthga's mother, Blanchfleur, exposed the false queen years later, Bertha was finally given her rightful position as queen. The name Berte aux Grands Pieds is said to refer to the fact that she had big feet; in some accounts she was Berthe au Grand Pied because she had a club foot. Identified as Bertha, Holda, Holda, Brechta, Frau Gode, Frau Venus, Harfer, Herke, Hold(e), Holl(e), Huda, Huld(r)a, Hulle, Nerthus, Vrou-Elde or Norse Frigga.
European - Sister of Charlemagne. Wife of Milon. Mother of Roland. She married Milon secretly and he soon abandoned her, leaving her in poverty in a cave to bring up Roland. She was later pardoned by the emperor for her deceit and was restored to his favour. Some versions say that Charlemagne fathered Roland on his own sister Bertha, and then married her off to Milon. In some accounts, known as Bertha, Holda, Holda, Brechta, Frau Gode, Frau Venus, Harfer, Herke, Hold(e), Holl(e), Huda, Huld(r)a, Hulle, Nerthus, Vrou-Elde or Norse Frigga.
German - A German name for Frigga or Holda. Guardian of the souls of the unborn or of those not baptised. She is depicted as having one large flat foot caused by her use of the spinning wheel. In some references, referred to as Bertha, Holda, Holda, Brechta, Frau Gode, Frau Venus, Harfer, Herke, Hold(e), Holl(e), Huda, Huld(r)a, Hulle, Nerthus, Vrou-Elde or Norse Frigga.

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