Berengar II of Neustria, Count of Bayeux

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  • Name Berengar II of Neustria 
    Suffix Count of Bayeux 
    Born Y  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 0896  [1, 2
    Person ID I51097  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2018 

    Family unnamed spouse 
    Married Y  [1
    Residence (Family) Bayeux, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
     1. Lady Poppa of Bayeux,   b. (850), Bayeux, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Rouen Cathedral, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F19033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Berengar II (died 896) was the Count of Bayeux and Rennes and Margrave of the Breton March from 886 until his death a decade later.

      In 874, Brittany's internal politics were thrown into turmoil when King Salomon was murdered by a rival. The resulting surge of Viking attacks made possible by the power vacuum was narrowly held at bay by a hasty Breton-Frankish alliance between Alan the Great of Vannes and Berengar of Rennes. Between 889-90, the Seine Vikings moved into Brittany, hard on the heels of the Loire fleet that Alan and Berengar had successfully driven out (this latter force had broken up into several small flotillas and sailed west). Alain again joined forces with Berengar of Rennes and led two Breton armies into the field. Finding their retreat down the Marne blocked, the Vikings hauled their ships overland to the Vire and besieged Saint-Lo, where the Bretons virtually annihilated the fleet.

      Berengar's kin became the first Gallo-speaking lords holding residence within Brittany (Rennes and PenthiŠevre, rather than the Loire Valley-predominant Nantes or Vannes), as a consequence of the Breton nobility being more or less broken under the Norman invasions of the 880s and as a reward for holding his ground against their attacks.

      Berengar is speculated to have married the daughter of Gurvand, Duke of Brittany, by which relationship he attained the countship of Rennes. This would make him brother-in-law of Judicael, Duke of Brittany. He is thought to be the Berengar of Bayeux whose daughter Poppa was captured in a raid and married to Rollo of Normandy. Various reconstructions make him father, grandfather, or great-grandfather of Judicael Berengar, later Count of Rennes.


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      Price, Neil (1989). The Vikings in Brittany (PDF). Retrieved July 2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
      Arthur de la Borderie (1898). Histoire de Bretagne. p. 334.
      Musset, Lucien (1965). Les invasions: le second assaut contre I'Europe Chr‚etienne.
      Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 890.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12540] "Berengar II of Neustria", Biography,, by David A. Hennessee, info.

    2. [S12541] "Neustria",, by David A. Hennessee,, revisited or ret.