Brittany and angevins. Province & Empire 1158-1203 by J. A. Everard


By J. A. Everard

This can be a political heritage of Brittany among 1158 and 1203, while it used to be governed by way of the Angevin king of britain, Henry II, and his successors. The publication examines the method wherein Henry II won sovereignty over Brittany, and the way it used to be ruled thereafter. this is often the 1st learn of this topic, providing a tremendous contribution to the historiography of either Brittany and the "Angevin empire". It additionally bargains a corrective to earlier scholarship by way of suggesting that the Angevin regime in Brittany was once neither alien nor opppressive to the Bretons.

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There is no evidence that they rendered homage to the duke for their lands, or that the duke in any way regulated succession to the baronies, and for this reason I have avoided calling them `tenants-in-chief ' or `vassals' of the duke. 6 7 8 H. Guillotel, `Les vicomtes de LeÂon aux XIe et XIIe sieÁcles', MSHAB 51 (1971), 29±51; P. KerneÂvez, `Les chaÃteaux du LeÂon au XIIIe sieÁcle', MSHAB 69 (1992), 95±127. H. Guillotel, `Les origines de Guingamp: Sa place dans la geÂographie feÂodale bretonne', MSHAB 56 (1979), 81±100; H.

CheÂdeville and Tonnerre, Bretagne feÂodale, pp. 223±9; R. Grand, L'art roman en Bretagne, Paris, 1958; D. ), Les abbayes bretonnes, Paris, 1982. 51 Robert of Arbrissel, the founder of Fontevraud, originated in this area. 53 The Angevin Ermengard, especially as dowager-duchess, seems to have played an important role in religious reform in Brittany. 54 All were, no doubt, eager to bene®t from Ermengard's patronage and her in¯uence with her son, Duke Conan III, to implement their reforming ideals in the duchy.

25±6) and elaborated by K. S. B. Keats-Rohan in a series of recent articles (see Bibliography). 11 Brittany and the Angevins contingents of Breton settlers have been identi®ed. The most conspicuous was from the north-west of Brittany, under the leadership of the sons of Eudo comes Britannorum, younger brother of Duke Alan III and autonomous lord of PenthieÁvre. At least two of Eudo's younger sons, Brian and Alan Rufus, took part in the 1066 expedition. Alan was rewarded with large estates in eastern England.

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