Count of Tours
Under the Merovingians, counts at Tours were appointed local representatives of the king, such as the base-born Leudast who had made his way at the Paris court of Charibert I and was appointed count at Tours by the king in the 570s, to the disgust of Gregory of Tours.
The Carolingian counts of Tours became the hereditary feudal suzerains ruling over the region of Touraine in France with their capital at Tours. The first known hereditary count of Tours was the famous Hugh of the Etichonen family. After three generations, the county passed to the equally famous Robert the Strong, father of the Capetians. In 941, the county passed to the Counts of Blois and in 1044 to the Counts of Anjou, whence it follows their eventful history. In 1204 the King of France acquired it, beginning the royal duchy of the Touraine.
- 859–866 Robert the Strong
- 866–886 Hugh the Abbot
- 886–888 Odo
- 888–922 Robert
Thence to Blois, thence Anjou.
The county of Tours is also claimed by the French noble house of Albert, whose highest title is the Dukedom of Luynes.
- Gregory, Hist. 5.47-49 (noted in Alexander C. Murray, ed., A Companion to Gregory of Tours, p. 440