Cancor, Count of Hesbaye

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Cancor (d. 771), Count of Hesbaye, son of Robert I, Count of Hesbaye,[1] and his wife Williswinda.

In 764, Cancor founded Lorsch Abbey together with his widowed mother Williswinda as a proprietary church and monastery on their estate, Laurissa (Lorsch).[2] They entrusted its government to Cancor's cousin Chrodegang, Archbishop of Metz, son of Cancor's aunt Landrada. Chrodegang dedicated the church and monastery to Saint Peter and became its first abbot. The founders enriched the new abbey later by further donations.

In 766, Chrodegang resigned as Abbot of Lorsch owing to his other important duties as Archbishop of Metz. He then sent his brother Gundeland, another nephew of Cancor, to Lorsch as his successor.

According to one source,[which?] Cancor was probably related to the Robertians. His father's name may have been Rodbert, and Robert may have been his brother or his nephew.

In 770, Cancor married a noblewoman Angila,[3] of unknown parentage. Cancor and Angila had five children:

Cancor was succeeded as Count of Hesbaye by his brother Thuringbert.


  1. ^ Riché 1993, p. 371.
  2. ^ Innes 2004, p. 51,53.
  3. ^ a b c d Innes 2004, p. 52.


  • Innes, Matthew (2004). State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400–1000. Cambridge University Press.
  • Riché, Pierre (1993). The Carolingians, a Family who Forged Europe. Translated by Allen, Michael Idomir. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Chrondegand, in The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)