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Reginar I, Duke of Lorraine, Count in Hainault

Male Abt 850 - Aft 915  (~ 65 years)


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  • Name Reginar I  
    Suffix Duke of Lorraine, Count in Hainault 
    Born Abt 850 
    Gender Male 
    History Reginar I, duke of Lorraine, count in Hainault, was born about 850, the son of Giselbert, count in the Maasgau, and a daughter, possibly called Irmingard or Irmgard, of Emperor Lothar I, king of Lotharingia, and Irmgard de Tours. He was the duke of Lorraine from 910 until his death. He stands at the head of the clan of Reginarids, an important Lotharingian noble family.

    He succeeded his father in the Maasgau and was the lay abbot of Echternach between 897 and 915, of Maastricht from before May 898, and of Stablo and Malmedy between 900 and 902. He was the count of Mons when in 870 he and Franco, bishop of Li├Ęge, led an army against the Vikings in Walacria. A little later, as duke of Hesbaye and Hainault, he and Radbold led a Friesian army against the forces of Rollo, duke of Normandy, but they were forced back to his fortresses.

    In an 877 capitulary from Quierzy, he appears alongside his father as one of the regents of the kingdom during the absence of Emperor Charles \'the Bald\' on campaign in Italy. A Reginar appears at the siege of Paris in 886, but this may be an uncle or nephew.

    Reginar was originally a supporter of Zwentibold, king of Lorraine, in 895, but he broke with the king in 898. He and some other magnates who had been key to Zwentibold\'s election three years earlier then took the opportunity provided by the death of Eudes, king of France, to invite his successor Charles III \'the Simple\' to become king in Lotharingia. Reginar\'s lands were confiscated, but he refused to give them up and entrenched himself at Durfost, downstream from Maastricht. Representatives of Charles, Zwentibold and Emperor Arnulf met at Saint Goar and determined that the succession should go to Ludwig IV \'das Kind\', son of Arnulf. Zwentibold was killed by the rebels in battle in August 900.

    At first Ludwig IV appeared to be opposed to Reginar when he appointed Gebhard, Graf im Oberen Rheingau, as his deputy in Lotharingia, but the two were never at war. In 908 Reginar recovered Hainault after the death of Sigard. Then, after the death of Gebhard in 910 in battle with the Magyars, Reginar appears as his successor. He led the magnates in opposing Konrad I, the emperor-elect, and electing Charles III \'the Simple\' as their king. He was given the title _marchio_ by Charles in 915. He never appears in the sources as _dux Lotharingiae,_ but he was definitely the military commander of the region under Charles. He himself was succeeded by his son Giselbert; however, the Reginarids did not succeed in establishing their supremacy in Lotharingia like the Liudolfings or Liutpoldings did in the duchies of Saxony and Bavaria.

    Reginar died after 25 August 915. By his wife Alberade, who predeceased him, he had five children of whom Giselbert and Reginar II would have progeny.  [1
    Died Aft 25 Aug 915 
    Person ID I1151  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2018 

    Father Giselbert, Count in Maasgua,   b. Abt 810,   d. Aft 877  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship putative 
    Mother Irmingard (Irmgard),   b. Abt 826/830,   d. yes 
    Relationship putative 
    Married Bef Mar, 846  Aquitaine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F688  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alberade,   d. yes 
    Children 
    +1. Giselbert, Duke of Lorraine,   b. 888,   d. 2 Oct, 939, Andernach Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [putative]
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F687  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alverade, de Lorraine,   b. Abt 930,   d. yes 
    Children 
    +1. Reginar II, Count in Hainault,   b. 890,   d. Aft 932  (Age 43 years)
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F914  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020427&tree=LEO.