Torquatius of Reims (Fictitious Person)

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Torquatius or Tortulfus

Also Known As: "Tortulfus", "Tortulfe", "Torcuato", "Torquat of Reims", "(ortulfe"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Rennes, Brittany, France
Death: circa 853 (45-61)
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Lucius Torquatus (Fictitious Person) and Murcia

Occupation: Forest, hunter, forestier de Louis le Débonnaire puis de Charles le Chauve
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About Torquatius of Reims (Fictitious Person)

Torquat, who may also have been known as Tortlfe or Torquatius/Tortulfus, is a legendary figure, not appearing in any known contemporary records. He should not be considered historical. He is named in the Gesta Consulum Andegavorum and the Historia Comitum Andegavorum, which say he was from Amorica Gallia and that he was a forester for Charles the Bald.

From the Foundation for Medievel Genealogy page on Anjou:,%20MAINE.htm


The county of Anjou was the successor of the pagus Andegavensis or Andecavus, the territory being called by the latter name in a charter of Charles II "le Chauve" King of the West Franks dated 17 Sep 848 which is included in the cartulary of the cathedral of St Maurice, Angers[1].

The Anjou area was under Merovingian and Carolingian Frankish rule until 849, when Nominoë Duke of Brittany captured Angers and pushed his territorial acquisitions as far as Le Mans and Blois[2]. The Annales Bertiniani record the attack on "Andegavis" by "Nomenogius Brito" in 849[3]. Duke Nominoë died in 851 and the precise fate of the territory around Angers under his immediate successor is unclear. However, a document issued by King Charles II dated Nov 853 names "Dodo episcopus, Hrotbertus et Osbertus" as missi in "Cinnomannio, Andegavensi, atque Turonico, Corboniso, et Sagiso"[4], which suggests that the West Frankish king regained control.

The area also suffered Viking raids: the Annales Bertiniani record that "piratæ Nortmannorum" sailed up the Loire in 854 and burned "civitatem Andegavorum"[5]. Difficulties with the Bretons persisted as the Annales Bertiniani record that "Rodbertus" attacked "Salomone duce" [duke of Brittany] in 862[6]. The Annales record that King Charles II´s son, the future King Louis II "le Bègue", rebelled against his father in 862 and, heading an army of Bretons, defeated "Rotbertum patris fidelem" in 862 and burned Angers yet again[7].

The creation of the "march" of Anjou is probably dated to the early 860s, as the Annales Bertiniani name "Rodberto, qui marchio in Andegavo fuerat" in 865[8]. However, this change of jurisdictional status must have been insufficient to control the Bretons and the Vikings as the mention of Robert in the Annales in 865 appears in the context of King Charles II imposing direct rule in the area by sending "Hludowicum filium suum" into "Neustriam" and granting him "comitatum Andegavensem et abbatiam Maioris-monasterii et quasdam villas illi", while Robert was compensated with "comitatum Autissiodorensem et comitatum Nivernensem".

Between 866 and the late 920s, the history of the county of Anjou is obscure and the record of the succession of counts incomplete and imprecise. The Chronicle of Saint-Serge records that Charles II "le Chauve" King of the West Franks recaptured Angers in 872, adding that, following the deaths of "Robertum Andegavorum comitem, Ranulphum Pictavorum comitem", the Vikings occupied the town[9]. The Chronicle of Saint-Aubin dates the same event to 873[10].

Neither source specifies who was appointed as comte d´Anjou at that time. The Historia Comitum Andegavorum records that Louis II "le Bègue" King of the West Franks, therefore dated to [877/79], granted "dimidium Andegavis comitatum" to "Ingelgerius"[11]. It does not state who was granted the other half of the county, but says that "Fulco Rufus secundus comes, filius Ingelgerii" was granted "integrum comitatum Andegavensium et abbatias Sancti Albini et Sancti Sergii" in 912[12]. The Gesta Consulum Andegavorum records that "Ingelgerius Gastinensis comes…Lochiæ et Ambaziæ dominus" acquired "Andegavensem consulatum" (undated) and that he was succeeded by "filius eius Fulco…cognominatus…Rufus", adding in a later passage that Foulques held "integrum comitatum Andegavensium" which had previously been divided into two parts[13].


[TORQUATIUS [Tortulfus] . The Gesta Consulum Andegavorum names "vir quidam de Armorica Gallia nomine Torquatius…Tortulfus dictus fuit", recording that "genus eius olim ab Armorica iussu Maximi Imperatoris a Britonibus expulsum est"[25]. The Historia Comitum Andegavorum specifies that Charles II "le Chauve" King of the West Franks granted Torquatius "forestæ qua Nidus Merulæ…forestarum constituit"[26]. The name Torquatius/Tortulfus does not have a convincing ring about it. It is possible that he was not a historical person.]

m ---. The name of Torquatius's wife is not known.

[Torquatius & his wife had one child:]


  • The Gesta Consulum Andegavorum records that "Torquatus sive Tortulfus genuit Tertullum", recording that he was granted property by Charles II "le Chauve" King of the West Franks[27]. "Tertullus" is no more convincing than "Tortulfus" as the name of a historical figure in north-west France in the mid-9th century. As is the case with his supposed father, it is probable that Tertullus was not a historical person.
  • m PETRONILLA, daughter of --- Duke of Burgundy & his wife ---.
  • The Gesta Consulum Andegavorum records the marriage of "Tertullus nobilem dux" and "ducis Burgundiæ filiam nomine Petronillam"[28]. The Chronico Turonensi names "Ingelgerius comes Andergavensis", the couple's son, as "nepos Hugonis Ducis Burgundiæ"[29]. The Gesta Consulum Andegavorum names "Ingelgerius…filius eius Fulco cognominatus Rufus", recording that "Hugo Dux Burgundiæ, filius alterius Hugonis" was "ex parte matris suæ [Fulco] consanguineus"[30]. The context suggests that "matris suæ" refers to Foulques, although according to other sources the connection was through the mother of Ingelger.
  • No other record has been found of any dukes of Burgundy who could have been related to Petronilla. As with her husband, it is probable that Petronilla and her father were not historical persons.

Tertullus & his wife had one child:] (two are listed): Ingelger (d. 888, bur. Châteauneuf, église Saint-Martin) and Foulques (d. after 5 July 905).


  • [1] Urseau, C. (ed.) (1908) Cartulaire noir de la cathédrale d'Angers (Paris, Angers) (“Angers”) 8, p. 21.
  • [2] Espinay, G. d´ (1864) Les cartulaires angevins (Angers), p. 6.
  • [3] Annales Bertiniani 849, MGH SS I, p. 444.
  • [4] Karoli II Conventus Silvacensis, Missi…et pagi… 8, MGH LL 1, p. 426.
  • [5] Annales Bertiniani 854, MGH SS I, p. 449.
  • [6] Annales Bertiniani 862, MGH SS I, p. 456.
  • [7] Annales Bertiniani 862, MGH SS I, p. 457.
  • [8] Annales Bertiniani 865, MGH SS I, p. 470.
  • [9] Marchegay, P. and Mabille, E. (eds.) (1869) Chroniques des Eglises d'Anjou (Paris) Chronicon sancti Sergii Andegavensis, p. 132.
  • [10] Chroniques des Eglises d'Anjou, Chronicæ sancti Albini Andegavensis, p. 19.
  • [11] Marchegay, P. and Salmon, A. (eds.) (1856) Chroniques d'Anjou Tome I (Paris), Historia comitum Andegavensium, p. 320.
  • [12] Chroniques d'Anjou Tome I, Historia comitum Andegavensium, p. 320.
  • [13] Chroniques d'Anjou Tome I, Chronica de Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, pp. 54, 63, and 65.
  • [14] Chroniques d'Anjou Tome I, Chronica de Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, pp. 87-8, and Historia Comitum Andegavorum, p. 320.
  • [25] Chronica de Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, Chroniques d'Anjou, p. 35.
  • [26] Historia Comitum Andegavorum, Chroniques d'Anjou, p. 319.
  • [27] Chronica de Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, Chroniques d'Anjou, p. 36.
  • [28] Chronica de Gesta Consulum Andegavorum, Chroniques d'Anjou, p. 36, footnote 3 noting that 2 mss record her as "consanguinea" not "filia".
  • [29] Chronico Turonensi, RHGF IX, p. 47.
  • [30] Gestis Consulum Andegavensium, RHGF IX, p. 29.

NOTE infomation on this person is CONTRADICITING onetime listed as male nex time listed as female????


Tertulle, Count of ANJOU, son of Torquat de Rennes, was born about 821 in Rennes, Anjou, France. He married Petronilla about 844 in Anjou, France.


Torquat Tortulfe DE RENNES Father: Hugh II "le Magfiant" of TOURS Mother: Ava Bava of TOURS Birth: ABT 0800


Torquat (Tortulfe) De and <Unknown> were married in a religious ceremony about 0820 in Of, , Anjou, France. They have a son named Tertulle, Count Of.


Torquat (Tortulfe) De RENNES

Birth  Abt 800 - 808  Of, Rennes, Anjou, France   

Gender Female

Family  Count Hugh De BOURGES, 
 b. 797, Centre, France ,  
d. 840  


1. Count Tertulle D' ANJOU,   b. Abt 823, Of, Rennes, Anjou, France  
 2. Adele De BOURGES,   b. Abt 853


NameHugues Count of Bourges Birthabt 802, France Deathaft 853 FatherHugh III Count of Tours (~765-836) MotherBava (Ava) (~779->837) Spouses 1Torquat Tortulft de Rennes ChildrenStephen (~830-864)

Tertullus Count of Gatenais

Born: 800, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France

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Torquatius of Reims (Fictitious Person)'s Timeline

Rennes, Brittany, France
Age 53
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France