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CONAN I, Duke of Bretagne

CONAN I, Duke of Bretagne. Nicknamed Le Tort
Born in 927, of Bretagne, France; son of Judicael Berengar and Gerberga.

He succeeded his father as Count of Rennes in 970.

He assumed the title of Duke of Brittany in the spring of 990 following his attack on Nantes and the subsequent death of Count Alan. As duke his rule succeeded the Regency that governed Brittany during the life of Drogo and the fractured rule of Brittany after Drogo's death by his brothers Hoël and Guerech. The fractured rule over Brittany resulted in a short vacancy in the title Duke of Brittany; Conan I had to ally himself with the Count of Blois in order to defeat Judicael Berengar before he could assume the title of Duke.

Mont Saint-Michel, endowed by Conan I, and his final resting placeIn a charter dated 28 July 990, Conan gave the lands of Villamée, Lillele and Passille to Mont Saint-Michel, all of which later became part of the seigneury of Fougères.

Conan married Ermengarde-Gerberga of Anjou, in 973 daughter of Geoffrey I, Count of Anjou and Adele of Vermandois.

Conan's alliance with the Count of Blois had helped him defeat Judicael Berengar, he later needed to "rid himself of influence from Blois, [which he accomplished by signing] a pact with Richard I of Normandy; [this pact] established firm Breton-Norman links for the first time." Richard I had married the daughter of Hugh I the Great, and after this marriage had re-asserted his father's claim as Overlord of the Breton duchy. [4] Conan I's pact with him strengthened that assertion but the historical documentation for that Overlordship claim remains doubtful because it largely appears only in the less than authoritative writings of Dudo of Saint-Quentin.

Conan died on 27 June 992, fighting against Geoffrey I and his brother-in-law Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou at the Battle of Conquereuil. Conan is buried at Mont Saint-Michel Abbey.

Dutchess Ermangarde-Gerberga D'Anjou
Born about 952AD, Of Anjou, France; daughter of Count Geoffroy I and Countess Adelaide De Vermandois. She died 27 June 992AD

  1. Geoffrey (c.980-1008), the eventual heir.
  2. Judetta (Judith) of Brittany (Bretagne) de Rennes. Born in (982-S2), of Bretagne, France. She married Duke Richard II "The Good" 4th of Normandy in the year 1000 in Normandy, France. She died in 1017AD, of Normandy, France.
  3. Judicael, count of Porhoët (died 1037).
  4. Hernod.