Brien de Bretagne (c.1042 - c.1070) MP

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Birthplace: fought in Battle of Hastings in 1066
Death: Died
Occupation: Seigneur de Biré
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BRIEN [Brient] de Bretagne (-maybe 14 Feb ----). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Brian fils d'Eudes comte de la petite Bretagne" recording that he defeated the sons of Harold II King of England[692]. The absence of Brien in the charter dated to [1056/60], witnessed by "comes Eudo, uxor eius Orguen et filii eorum Gausfridus, Alanus, Willelmus, Rotbertus, Ricardus…"[693], suggests that he was illegitimate. He is said to have commanded a band of Bretons, with his brother Alain, at the battle of Hastings 1066. Appointed Lieutenant in south-west England by King William I. He defeated the sons of King Harold II near the river Taw in Jun 1069[694]. Probably deposed after the rebellion of Ralph de Gaël in 1075. "Geoffrey count of the Bretons called Boterel" donated property to the abbey of Saint-Florent, Saumur with the consent of "all his brothers namely Brientius comes Angliæ terræ, and Alan Rufus his successor and another Alan who was called Niger, this third succeeded him in the kingdom" by charter dated to [1084][695]. "Omnes fratres eius: Briennius…comes Anglice terre et Alanus Rufus eius…successor…alter Alanus qui et Niger dicebatur…tertius successit in regno et quidam qui sororem eius bastardam uxorem duxerat Enisandus de Pleveno" witnessed the charter dated 1084, relating to the foundation of the priory of Saint-Martin de Lamballe by "Gauffredus Britannorum comes qui et Boterellus cognominabatur"[696]. He lived the remainder of his life as a semi-invalid in Brittany[697].

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/BRITTANY.htm#_Toc216697295 -------------------- "Brian was one of several known sons of Eudes (Odo), Comte de Bretagne, who served in the retinue of William during his conquest of England. Eudes is known to have been the second son of Geofroi, Duc (Duke) de Bretagne." -------------------- Enoguen veuve de Tihern de Chateaubriant est chargée par le comte de Rennes d'édifier à la limite de ses terres, aux confins de la Bretagne et de l'Anjou, une forteresse de défense de la Bretagne.

Avec son fils Brient elle fait construire ce chateau "Castel Brient" devenu le nom de cette illustre baronnie.

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