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  • ID: I31727
  • Name: Juhel Berenger
  • Suffix: Count of Rennes
  • Sex: M
  • Death: BEF 16 AUG 979
  • Note:

    Juhel Bérenger, who would perhaps more correctly be called Juhel alias Bérenger, used the Breton name Juhel (Judhaël) and the Frankish name Bérenger on various occasions, but he is usually described by the double name Juhel Bérenger (and variants). His first certain appearance in the contemporary sources is in the year 944, when the Bretons were plagued by dissentions among their leaders Bérenger and Alan during the Norman invasions [Flodoard's Annals, MGH SS 3: 391; van Houts (2000): 48-9; see the Commentary section below for some supposed earlier appearances]. Under his Breton name, we find count Judhaël as a prominent witness to two charter from the cartulary of Landevenec [Cart. Landevenec 156-8, 164; also in Morice (1742) 1: 345-6, but with errors (see Cart. Landevenec 201-2, 204-5)], one late in the reign of duke Alain Barbetorte (d. 952), perhaps about 950, and the other about the same time or a little later. Not long after Alain Barbetorte's death, count Thibaut le Tricheur of Blois and Chartres and count Foulques le Bon of Anjou (who had married Alain's widow, Thibaut's sister) divided Brittany into spheres of influence, with Thibaut taking the area ruled by count [Juhel] Bérenger of Rennes and archbishop Wicohen of Dol [Chr. Nantes 108, naming the count as Berangarius, Juhael Berengarii (sic), or Juhael Bérenger in various witnesses to the chronicle], probably before 958, when count Berengerius was present at an assembly of bishops and lords at Anjou in 958 which included Thibaut, Foulques, and some of the same Breton leaders who had witnessed the two Landevenec charters [Morice (1742) 1:346-7]. According to a late source, count Bérenger came under the domination of archbishop Wicohen of Dol, and Bérenger's son Conan released his father and mother from the hands of the archbishop [Chronicon Briocense, Morice (1742), 1:33]. A papal letter of John XIII (965-972), perhaps about 970, names two of the Breton leaders as Berengarius and his son Conatus [PL 135, 990; the other two named are Hoel and his brother Guerech]. He was almost certainly deceased by 16 August 979, when his son Conan was at the court of count Eudes of Chartres [Cart. S.-Père de Chartres, 1:66].
    Possible father: Pascweten, fl. 895Å~903, son of Alain le Grand. [Poupardin (1900), 206.] See the Commentary section on this webpage for a detailed discussion of the parentage of Juhel Bérenger.
  • _UID: 24D52C10FF264B28A948F0C3E36C2D493601
  • Change Date: 20 FEB 2007

    Father: Judicael of Rennes
    Mother: Gerberge

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Conan I ?Le Tort? of Brittany
      2. Has Children Mien I De Fougères
      3. Has Children Martin Berenguer
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