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Witbert de Nantes

Nicknames: "Wibert", "Wicbert", "Wipert", "Witbert", "Wittbert"
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Birthplace: Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Death: Died in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Lambert III, comte de Nantes and Rotrude, daughter of Lothair I
Husband of Adeltrude
Father of Ermengarde de Nantes and Witbert le Jeune de Chaumontois

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About Witbert de Nantes

Rotrude, baptized in Pavia, 835×840; probably m. Lambert, count, possibly the same person as Lambert II, d. 852, count of Nantes.

Witbert appears in a document from the monastery of Tournus from 28 January 870, in which he donated for the absolution of his lord king Lothair and of his father Lambert and mother Rotrude. Not only does Witbert speak of Lothair's generosity toward him, but more importantly, he states that Lothair was like a father to him.

Moreover, Witbert appears to have had a similar relationship with Lothair's son Hugues (although poorly repaid), if, as seems probable, he can be identified with the Wicbert who was killed by Hugues in 883. While Hlawitschka's case for identifying count Witbert's mother Rothrude with the daughter of Lothair I is good, his attempt to identify Witbert's father Lambert with Lambert II, count of Nantes, who died in 852, while possible, is less secure.

Stewart Baldwin: http://sbaldw.home.mindspring.com/hproject/prov/lotha000.htm

  • The only explicit information about Rotrude is that she was baptized at Pavia while her parents were there ["... et suscepit filiam praedicti augusti nomine Rotrudam, ..." Agnellus, Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis, c. 171, MGH SRL, 388; Hlawitschka places this between 835 and 840, Hlawitschka (1969), 367].
  • As Hlawitschka has shown, Rotrude can be identified with a high degree of probability with the Rotrude who was wife of a certain Lambert and mother of a count Witbert.
  • This Witbert appears in a document from the monastery of Tournus from 28 January 870, in which he donated for the absolution of his lord king Lothair and of his father Lambert and mother Rotrude ["Ego Vuitbertus misericordia Dei comes, cogitans humanae conditionis casum et spem habens, sanctae genitricis Dei et almi confessoris sui Filiberti intercessione a peccatorum posse contagio liberari, sive pro absolutione domni et senioris mei Hlotharii regis, qui mihi et pater extitit et bona quaeque mercede sua largitus est, qui etiam mihi fundum Rodonionem inter caetera contulit, seu etiam pro liberatione Lanberti genitoris mei necnon et Rutrudis genitricis meae et mea, ..." Hlawitschka (1969), 369, n. 10].
  • Not only does Witbert speak of Lothair's generosity toward him, but more importantly, he states that Lothair was like a father to him ("qui mihi et pater extitit").
  • Moreover, Witbert appears to have had a similar relationship with Lothair's son Hugues (although poorly repaid), if, as seems probable, he can be identified with the Wicbert who was killed by Hugues in 883 ["Hoc etiam tempore idem Hugo Wicbertum comitem, qui ab ineunte aetate sibi faverat, interfecit; ..." Regino, Chronicon, s.a. 883, 121].
  • While Hlawitschka's case for identifying count Witbert's mother Rothrude with the daughter of Lothair I is good, his attempt to identify Witbert's father Lambert with Lambert II, count of Nantes, who died in 852, while possible, is less secure. For earlier conjectures on the identiy of Rotrude's husband, see the Commentary section.

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Witbert de Nantes's Timeline

860
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Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
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Age 20
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Age 23
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
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Age 23
Europe
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Age 23
Nantes, France