- Geoffrey I, Count of Anjou
Geoffrey I of Anjou (died July 21, 987), known as "Grisegonelle" ("Greymantle"), was count of Anjou from 958 to 987. He succeeded his father Fulk II. He cultivated the loyal support of a group of magnates, some of whom he inherited from his father, ["Although the documentation for the later ninth and early tenth centuries in Anjou is not good, enough material does survive to suggest a noteworthy continuity in the entourage of the Angevins counts" concludes Bernard S. Bachrach, "Enforcement of the Forma Fidelitatis: The Techniques Used by Fulk Nerra, Count of the Angevins (987-1040)" "Speculum" 59.4 (October 1984:796-819) p. 801, note 26.] others whom he recruited: men such as Alberic of Vihiers, Cadilo of Blaison, Roger I (le "vieux") of Loudon, Joscelin of Rennes, castellan of Baugé, Suhard I of Craon, Tobert of Buzençais and members of the Bouchard clan, and encouraged them to see their own dynastic interests as tied to the success of the Angevin count. [Bachrach 1984:799f.] He succeeded in establishing a group of "fideles" upon whom his son, Fulk called "Nerra", was able to depend in establishing Anjou as a cohesive regional power in an age of territorial disintegration. [Other exceptions to the disintegration of the "
pagus", in addition to the example of Anjou, were Normandyand Flanders. (François Marignier, "Political and monastic structures in France at the end of the tenth and the beginning of the eleventh centuries", in Frederic L. Cheyette, ed. and tr., "Lordship and Community in Medieval Europe" (New York) 1967:106, 125. ] In preparing the way, Geoffrey was the first count in the west of France to associate his son in the comital title. [Bachrach 1984:802.]
Geoffrey allied with the Count of Nantes against the Count of Rennes, and allied with
Hugh Capet, fearing an invasion by the Count of Blois. He was one of the men responsible for bringing Hugh to the throne of France.
Family and children
Adele of Meaux(934–982), daughter of Robert of Vermandoisand Adelais de Vergy. Their children were:
Fulk III of Anjou.
# Ermengarde of Anjou (b. 965), married
Conan I of Rennes.
# Gerberga (b. 973), married Count
William IV of Angoulême.
He married, secondly, to Adelaise de Chalon in Mar 979 and had one child:
# Maurice of Anjou (980 - 1012), married to a daughter of Aimery, Count of Saintes and had one son.
*Mabille, Emile. "Introduction aux chroniques des comtes d'Anjou" (Paris) 1871.
* [http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ANJOU,%20MAINE.htm#GeoffroyIdied987A FMG on Geoffrey I, Count of Anjou]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Geoffrey VI, Count of Anjou — Geoffrey VI (June 3, 1134, Rouen July 27, 1158, Nantes), Count of Anjou, of Maine and Nantes from 1156 to 1158, was the son of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Empress Matilda.It was said that in his will, Geoffrey V had stipulated that his second… … Wikipedia
Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou — Infobox British Royalty|none title = Duke of the Normans Count of Anjou, Maine and Mortain name = Geoffrey V caption = Enamel effigy of Geoffrey on his tomb at Le Mans succession = Count of Anjou reign = 1129 – 7 September 1151 predecessor = Fulk … Wikipedia
Geoffrey II, Count of Anjou — Geoffrey II of Anjou, called Martel ( the Hammer ), was Count of Anjou from 1040 to 1060. He was the son of Fulk the Black. He was bellicose and fought against the Duke of Aquitaine, the Count of Blois, and the Duke of Normandy. During his twenty … Wikipedia
Geoffrey III, Count of Anjou — Geoffrey III of Anjou, called le Barbu ( the Bearded ), count of Anjou was the eldest son of Ermenegarde, the daughter of Fulk III of Anjou, and of the count of Gâtinais. He succeeded his uncle Geoffrey II in 1060, but his power was limited by… … Wikipedia
Fulk II, Count of Anjou — Fulk II of Anjou (died November 11, 958), son of Fulk the Red, was count of Anjou from 941 to 958. He was often at war with the Bretons. He seems to have been a man of culture, a poet and an artist. In 958 he was succeeded by his son Geoffrey… … Wikipedia
Fulk IV, Count of Anjou — Fulk IV (1043 ndash;1109), called le Réchin , was the Count of Anjou from 1068 until his death. The nickname by which he is usually referred has no certain translation. Philologists have made numerous very different suggestions, including… … Wikipedia
Fulk III, Count of Anjou — Fulk III (972 ndash; 21 June 1040), called Nerra (that is, le Noir , the Black ) after his death, was Count of Anjou from 21 July 987 to his death. He was the son of Geoffrey Greymantle and Adelaide of Vermandois. He was the founder of Angevin… … Wikipedia
Geoffrey — Geoffrey, Geoffroy, Jeffrey, Jeff, etc. may refer to:People with Geoffrey as the full name: * Geoffrey of Monmouth, clergyman and one of the major figures in the development of British history * Geoffrey I of Anjou (died 987) * Geoffrey II of… … Wikipedia
Geoffrey — m English: of Germanic (Frankish and Lombard) origin, introduced to Britain by the Normans. It was in regular use among the counts of Anjou, ancestors of the English royal house of Plantagenet, who were descended from Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count… … First names dictionary
Anjou — For other uses, see Anjou (disambiguation). Anjou Flag … Wikipedia