Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

Ramnulf II (Ranulf II), Comte de Poitou

Male Abt 850 - 890  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name Ramnulf II (Ranulf II)  
    Suffix Comte de Poitou 
    Born Abt 845/850 
    Gender Male 
    History Ramnulf II was born between 845 and 850, the son of Ramnulf I de Poitou, duke of Aquitaine. He was count of Poitou from 866 and duke of Aquitaine from 887.

    On the death of Emperor Karl III \'the Fat\' in 888, Ramnulf II styled himself king of Aquitaine and did so until 889 or his death, after which the title fell into abeyance.

    He may have been selected as a temporary king by the Aquitainian nobles, for they accepted Odo of France after his death. Only the _Annales Fuldenses_ definitively give him this title. He is recorded to have taken custody of Charles, the younger son of Louis \'the Stammerer\', and he certainly did not recognise Odo as king. He appeared in the _Annales Vedastes_ in 889 with the title _dux maximae Aquitaniae_ : \'duke of the major part of Aquitaine\'. He founded the viscountcy of Thouars at about that time, part of a larger movement to create viscounts with powers over regional fortresses to man them against the Vikings.

    Ramnulf died in Paris on 5 August 890. He had married an Adda or Ermengard (died 935) and by her had a son Ramnulf III who succeeded him in Poitiers on his death. His illegitimate son Ebalus Mancer succeeded him in Aquitaine and, upon the death of Ramnulf III, in Poitiers as well.  [1
    History Ranulf II (also spelled Rannoux, Rannulf, Ramnulf, and Ranulph) (850 – 5 August 890) was Count of Poitou from 866 and Duke of Aquitaine from 887. On the death of Charles the Fat in 888, he styled himself King of Aquitaine and did so until 889 or his death, after which the title fell into abeyance.

    Ranulf was a son of Ranulf I and Bilichild of Maine. He married an Ermengard (died 935) and by her had a son, Ranulf III, who succeeded him in Poitiers. His illegitimate son Ebalus succeeded him in Aquitaine and, upon the death of Ranulf III, in Poitiers too.

    Ranulf may have been selected as a king by the Aquitainian nobles, for they accepted King Odo of France in 892 only after Ranulf\'s death. Only the Annales Fuldenses definitively give him this title, saying \"Ranulf then set himself up as king\" (Deinceps Rannolfus se regem haberi statuit). He is recorded to have taken custody of Charles, the young son of Louis the Stammerer and he certainly did not recognise Odo as king. The Annales Vedastes record that in 889

    Post nativitatem vero Domini cum paucis Francis Aquitaniam perrexit, ut eos sibi sociaret. Quo audito, Ramnulfus, dux maximae partis Aquitaniae, cum sibi faventibus venit ad eum, adducens secum Karolum puerum, filium Hludowici regis; et iuravit illi quae digna fuerunt, simul et de ipso puerulo. . . Aquitanos itaque rex ex parte receptos, festinavit propter Nortmannos redire in Franciam.
    After Christmas [888], [Odo] went to Aquitaine with a few Franks, in order to be accepted [as king]. Upon hearing this, Ranulf, duke of the greater part of Aquitaine, with his supporters came to him, bringing with him the child, Charles, the son of King Louis; and he swore to him who was worthy of it [i.e., Odo], as did the boy. . . So the king returned from Aquitaine to France [in June] because of the Norsemen.

    Ranulf founded the viscountcy of Thouars at about this time, as part of a larger movement to create viscounts with powers over regional fortresses to man them against the Vikings.

    See also[edit]
    Ramnulfids
    Dukes of Aquitaine family tree
    Sources[edit]
    Lewis, Archibald Ross. The Development of Southern French and Catalan Society, 718–1050. University of Texas Press: Austin, 1965.
    MacLean, Simon. Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the end of the Carolingian Empire. Cambridge University Press: 2003.  [2
    Died 5 Aug, 890 
    Person ID I1523  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2018 

    Father Ramnulf I, Duke of Aquitaine,   b. Abt 815,   d. Oct 866  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Ermengard or Bilechild, de Maine,   d. yes 
    Married Abt 845 
    Family ID F923  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Ebalus Mancer, Comte de Poitou, Duc d\'Aquitaine,   b. Abt 870,   d. 934  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00036224&tree=LEO.

    2. [S12] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranulf_II_of_Aquitaine.