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The Bellonids (Catalan: Bel·lònides,[1] Spanish: Bellónidas, French: Bellonides[2]), sometimes called the Bellonid Dynasty, were the counts descendant of the Goth Belló who ruled in Carcassonne, Urgell, Cerdanya, County of Conflent, Barcelona, and numerous other Catalan and Septimanian counties and marches in the 9th and 10th centuries. His most famous grandson was Wilfred the Hairy, who founded the House of Barcelona, rulers of the County of Barcelona from 878,[3] and since 1164 the Crown of Aragon, until the end of the reign of Martin the Humane in 1410.

Since the early years of the 10th century all of the eastern counties of the Spanish March, and the counties of Conflent, Carcassonne, Foix and Razès of the March of Gothia, were ruled by Belló's descendants. This would have favored the co-ruling of some territories, and a clan-like network of mutual support, although they would have also been exposed to the risk of endogamy.[4]

The term "Bellonids" has been used by Catalan historians,[3] English historians (in 1871)[5][verification needed] and French historians.[2][6][7]


  1. ^ "bel·lònida". Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana. Enciclopèdia Catalana.  (in Catalan) English version
  2. ^ a b Société d'éditions scientifiques (1997). L'Histoire (no.206-211 1997). p. 58. 
  3. ^ a b Martin Aurell, "Les noces du comte: Mariage et pouvoir en Catalogne (785-1213)" Vol. 73, No. 4 (Oct., 1998), pp. 1102–1104 Published by: Medieval Academy of America.
  4. ^ Regarding the problem of consanguineous marriage among the Bellonids, see M. Aurell, Les noces del comte: matrimoni i poder a Catalunya (785-1213), Ediciones Omega, Barcelona, 1998, pp. 28–41.
  5. ^ Godfrey Matthew Evans "Classfied catalogue of the library of the Royal geographical society" 1871, Oxford University
  6. ^ Université de Picardie Centre d'études médiévales; Patrick Corbet; Monique Goullet; Dominique Iogna-Prat; Chantal Palluet; Daniel Russo (2002). Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (CTHS), ed. Adélaïde de Bourgogne : genèse et représentations d'une sainteté impériale ; actes du colloque international du Centre d'Études Médiévales - UMR 5594, Auxerre 10 et 11 décembre 1999. Paris: CTHS. ISBN 2-7355-0497-2. 
  7. ^ Alexandre Saint-Léger, Université de Lille (1999). "Revue du Nord". Revue du Nord. 81 (331–332): 859.