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GHERARDINI

This Florentine family was a branch of Ferrara-Modena of the House d'Este

[GHER281] Cosimo Gherardini m. ?
. [GHER291] Mathias del Gherardini m. ?
. . [GHER301] Lord Othoer of Tuscany m. ?
. . . [GHER311] Otho Gherardo Gherardini m. ?
. . . . [GHER321] Dominus Other m. ?
. . . . . [WIND331] Walter FitzOther of Windsor m1. Beatrice

[GHER281] Cosimo Gherardini (born c.870).

[GHER291] Mathias del Gherardini (born c.900), DUKE OF FLORENCE.

[GHER301] Othoer, Baron of Gherardini (born at Gherardini, c.934), Baron of Gherardini, Lord of Tuscany. Possibly died 996.

[GHER311] Otho Gherado Gherardini (born at Florence, c.985), Baron of Gherardini, Lord of Tuscany. He died c.1041.

[GHER321] Other/Otho (born at Florence, c.1010), Dominus of Stanwell, Lord of Tuscany, Lord of Windsor. He is believed to have joined King Cnut's retinue in Florence on its was back from Rome having had an audience with the Pope, and returned with him as far as Normandy, later moving on to Britain. King Cnut first visited Rome (1027) to attend the coronation of EMPEROR CONRAD II (whose son Heinrich the black subsequently married [29th June 1036] King Cnut's daughter Gunhilda).

[WIND331] Walter FitzOther (born in Britain, c.1037, son of Otto), is described under WINDSOR.

 

According to an Italian web-site, www.geraldini.com, there is the possibility this origin was a fabrication on the part of an Irish priest of this family (possibly Maurice FitzGerald), who visited Florence (1143) and returned with this history. According to this web-site, three brothers, Tommaso, Gherardo and Maurizio Gherardini, left Florence because of discords in the city, and accompanied the King of England to assist with the conquest [?actually colonisation] of Ireland. The name Otho had been altered later to Other to give it a more Italian sound to it. It also comments on the name Gherardini, stating that Gerald of Wales (grandson of Walter FitzOther) spelled it Giraldidae in its Latin form. In other words, Gerald and not Gerard, but suggests that Walter FitzOther may have considered “Geraldini” as being the same as “Gherardini”.

As an aside, the most famous "Gherardini" was without doubt Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Lisa (known as Monno Lisa or La Gioconda) was painted (c.1503-17) by Leonardo de Vinci, and the portrait has been on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

 

 

Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre, Paris
(28 July 1982)