About Symphoriane von der Darnau, of Hainaut
Daughter, possibly called Symphorienne
Parents: Reginar (Rainier) Longneck, Comte de Hainaut & his second wife Alberada
Spouse: Berengar, Comte de Namur
BERENGAR, son of --- ([875/85]-before 946). The origins of Count Berengar are unknown. His birth date is estimated on the assumption that he was adult when he is named in the charter dated 907 (see below). Comte in pagus Lommensis. "Hludouucus…rex" confirmed the donation by "bone memoriæ Kisala illustris femina" of the abbey of Fosse "in pago Lominse in comitatu Perengarii" to the church of Liège with the consent of "…Kepeharti…comitis" by charter dated 26 Oct 907 in which among "fidelium nostrum" was listed "Purchart filius Vualahonis". Ludwig IV "das Kind" King of Germany confirmed a donation of property including "…in pago ac in comitatu Lummensi…cuius nunc adest comes Perengarius" to the church of Tongern at the request of "Kepehardus et Reginharius comites" and with the consent of "Albuini eo tempore illius comitis" by charter dated 18 Jan 908. Charles III "le Simple" King of the West Franks restored Kloster Süsteren to the abbey of Prüm by charter dated 19 Jan 916 which names "fidelium nostrorum…Widricus comes palatii, Richuuinus comes, Gislebertus, Matfridus, Beringerius comites, Theodericus comes, Reinherus comes, Erleboldus". "Berengarii comitis Namurcensis" subscribed a charter dated 2 Jun 919 under which Gerard de Stave donated property to the abbey of Brogne. Flodoard's Annals record that "Berengarius" captured "Giselbertum" (referring to the duke of Lotharingia) and only freed him after receiving "filiis Ragenarii fratris ipsius Gisleberti" as hostages, after which Giselbert ravaged the lands of "Berengarii, Ragenariique fratris sui et Isaac comitis". Count of the castle of Namur. The Vita Gerardi Abbatis Broniense records that "comes Berengarius Nammucensi castro præsidebat" and that he took Gerard under his protection. m --- [von Maasgau], daughter of REGINAR [I] "Langhals" Graf
von Maasgau [Comte de Hainaut] & his wife Alberada ---. Flodoard's Annals refer to the wife of "Berengarius" as "sororem [Gislebertum]" but do not name her. According to Europäische Stammtafeln, she was heiress of "comitatus Lomacensis". Presumably this is suggested because both her father and her husband are recorded as counts "in pago Lominse", and on the assumption that her husband succeeded her father. However, this assumes that the "pagus" is identical with the county, and that each pagus was ruled by only one count at any one time. It is, however, clear from the development of the county structure in Germany that the counties were not geographically coincident with the pagi. References to two or three different comitati within one pagus are frequent in imperial diplomas, as are references to the comitatus of a single comes spreading into more than one pagus. It therefore appears not to be a safe assumption, in the absence of further documentary proof, that Berengar owed his position in "comitatus Lomacensis" to his wife.