Richar, Duke of Lower Lorraine

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Richar (or Richer) (died 973) was the count of Mons from 963 or 964 and vice-duke of Lower Lorraine from 968. He was also Count of Liege.

After the death of Godfrey I, count of Hainault and vice-duke of Lower Lorraine, the Emperor Otto I gave Richar half of the county of Hainault (Mons) with title of count of Hainault. The regions of Valenciennes was given to Amaury.

He was also given the county of Liège. He appears in a charter of 2 June 965 donating money in memory of Godfrey. He was a relation of both the emperor and his brother, Bruno of Cologne, the duke of Lorraine. He last appears in charters in 972.

The name of Richar's wife is unknown. They had at least one child:

Upon his death, Richar, was succeeded as Count of Mons by Renaud. The next recorded Duke of Lower Lorraine is Charles, who began his rule in 977. The position of Duke of Lower Lorraine remained vacant between Richar's death and Charles' ascent.

Sources[edit]

Vanderkindere, Léon, La Formation territoriale des principautés belges au Moyen Âge, Bruxelles, H. Lamertin, 1902

Preceded by
Godfrey I
Count of Mons Blason fr Hainaut ancien.svg
964–973
Succeeded by
Reginar
Preceded by
Godfrey I
Vice-Duke of Lower Lorraine Blason Lorraine.svg
964–973
Succeeded by
Charles