Bernard Plantapilosa

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Bernard Plantapilosa or Bernard II of Auvergne (22 March 841 – 886[1]), or Plantevelue, son of Bernard of Septimania and Dhuoda, was the Count of Auvergne (as Bernard II) from 872 to his death. The Emperor Charles the Fat granted him the title of Margrave of Aquitaine in 885.

His mother's Liber Manualis mentions that he was born at Uzès in the year following the death of Louis the Pious. He was appointed Margrave of Septimania (or Gothia) before 868. He was the lay abbot of Brioude between 857 and 868 and Count of Autun and from 864 to 869. He was deposed before 876 and replaced by Bernard of Gothia in that year. He returned to favour under Charles the Fat. In the war against Boso of Provence, he obtained the county of Mâcon.

Family[edit]

He married Ermengard, daughter of Bernard I of Auvergne (or perhaps of Guerin I). They had at least two children:

Etymology[edit]

Plantapilosa is often claimed to mean "Hairyfeet" or "Hairypaws".[2] This is based on the Latin meaning "sole of foot" of planta.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also possibly 6 January or 16 August 886
  2. ^ E.g. Chris Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome, p. 511

Sources[edit]

  • MacLean, Simon. Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the end of the Carolingian Empire. Cambridge University Press: 2003.
  • Hummer, Hans J. Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe: Alsace and the Frankish Realm 600 – 1000. Cambridge University Press: 2005.