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Ridoredh de Bretagne, Comte de Nantes et Vannes

French: Ridoredh DE VANNES, Comte de Nantes et Vannes
Also Known As: "Ridoredh de Rennes", "Ridoredh de Vannes", "Ridoredh Berenger; Ridoredh de Poher"
Birthdate: (27)
Birthplace: Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Death: November 12, 857 (27)
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Erispoë II, king of Brittany and Marmoëc de Poher
Husband of Aremburge d'Ancenis (conbubine)
Father of Pascwethen de Vannes, duc de Bretagne and Alan I "the Great", king of Brittany
Brother of Gurvard De Rennes, Count; Conan de Rennes; Judicael de Rennes, I, Comte de Rennes and N.N. de Bretagne

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Pasquitan, Pascweten, or Paskwezhen (died 876) was the Count of Vannes and a claimant to the Duchy of Brittany. He was a son of Ridoredh of Vannes, a prominent and wealthy aristocrat first associated with the court of Erispoe in the 850s. He owned vast landed estates and salt works (as at Guérande) in southeastern Brittany and was a patron of Redon abbey.[1]

Alan the Great was the second son of Count Ridoredh of Vannes. He succeeded his brother Pascweten in Vannes and Brittany when the latter died, probably in the middle of 876.

Breton noble, Ninth century.

The fact that the Breton rulers Pascweten and Alain le Grand were brothers is confirmed by contemporary sources [e.g., Regino, MGH SS 1: 587]. The only source to give the name of the father of Pascweten and Alain is an eleventh century Angevin collection of genealogies, which gives Ridoredh as the name of the father of Pascuithen (legitimate) and Alanus maior (bastard) [Poupardin (1900), 206, who, however, does not show the lines indicating Ridoredh as the father of Pascweten and Alain, which are quite clear in the manuscript itself]. Nothing further is known of Ridoredh. Although some ninth century Breton charters have very obscure men of this name (or minor variants) as witnesses, none can be confidently identified with the father of Pascweten and Alain. Although it is virtually certain that the father of Pascweten and Alain was a member of the Breton aristocracy, there is no apparent justification for assigning any specific title to Ridoredh, as is done by some modern secondary sources [e.g., Winkhaus (1950)].

Cart. Redon = M. Aurélien de Courson, Cartulaire de l'Abbaye de Redon (Collection de documents inédites sur l'histoire de France, Paris, 1863).

de la Borderie (1864, 1890) = Arthur de la Borderie, "Examen chronologique des chartes du cartulaire de Redon antérieur du XIe siècle", Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes 25 (1964): 259-282, 393-434 [reprinted in Annales de Bretagne 5 (1889-90): 535-630]. Page numbers given are from the latter work.

MGH SS = Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores series.

Poupardin (1900) = René Poupardin, "Généalogies angevines du XIe siècle", Mélanges d'Archéologie et d'Histoire (Paris, Rome) 20 (1900):199-208. I would like to thank James Hansen, FASG, for providing me with a copy of this article, and Nathaniel Taylor for providing a copy of the manuscript page itself (Bib. Apost. Vat., Reg. Lat. 1285, f. 65v).

Winkhaus (1950) = Eberhard Winkhaus, Ahnen zu Karl dem Grossen und Widukind (Ennepetal-Altenvoerde (Westfalen), 1950).

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Ridoredh de Bretagne, Comte de Nantes et Vannes's Timeline

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Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
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Age 20
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
857
November 12, 857
Age 27
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
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860
Age 27
Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
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