Lambert I of Nantes

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Lambert I (died 836) was the Count of Nantes and Prefect of the Breton March between 818 to 831 and Duke of Spoleto between 834 and 836. Lambert succeeded his father Guy.

Lambert participated in an expedition undertaken by Louis the Pious in 818 against the Bretons, who had proclaimed Morvan Lez-Breizh their king. In 822, a new Breton chief Wiomarc'h rebelled, but submitted in May 825 at Aachen. On his return to Brittany, Lambert had him assassinated.

In 831, Lambert joined the rebellion of Lothair I against Louis and was exiled across the Alps,[1] where he was given the Duchy of Spoleto in 834. He was one of many among Lothair's entourage to die in an epidemic of 836.

Lambert married firstly Itta, who bore his eventual successor in Nantes, Lambert II. Subsequently, he married Adelaide of Lombardy, the eldest daughter of Pepin of Italy, who was in turn the eldest son of Charlemagne that had children. Adelaide bore him another son, Guy, who would succeed him in the duchy of Spoleto. Guy's son Guy III of Spoleto was a descendant of Charlemagne through Lambert's wife, Adelaide, and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Carolingian Kingdoms(840-877), Rene Poupardin, The Cambridge Medieval History: Germany and the Western Empire, Vol. 3, Ed. J. B. Bury, (MacMillan Company, 1922), 47.
French nobility
Preceded by
Guy
Count of Nantes
818–831
Succeeded by
Ricwin
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Adelchis I
Duke of Spoleto
834–836
Succeeded by
Berengar