Richwin de Verdun, comte de Verdun

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Richwin de Verdun, comte de Verdun

Also Known As: "Ricuin", "Ricuvinus", "Wigeric", "Richizo"
Birthplace: Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France
Death: 923 (37-39)
Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France (Murdered in bed)
Place of Burial: Eiglise Saint Pierre aux Nonnaines
Immediate Family:

Son of Thierry de Teisterbant, Comte de Teisterbant and ? de Maasgau
Husband of Ermentrude, comtesse de Verdun; daughter of Enguerrand and Cunigunda, countess of Trèves & Ardennes
Father of Otto of Verdun, duke of Lorraine; Mathilde de Grandson, von Lothringen and Mathilde d'Ardenne, princesse d'Ardenne et comtesse de Chiny

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Richwin de Verdun, comte de Verdun

NOT a known son of Giselbert I, count of Maasgau (source PLZ)

.. Evrard has speculated that Ricwin was the brother of Reginar, but this remains unproved.

Identified by W.H.Turton, "The Plantagenet Ancestry"(Balt.:Gen.Pub.Co.,1968),p.172, as Siegfried I, Count of Luxemburg, married to Lidivive of Suabia. He gives Siegfried I as son of Voiry, Count d'Ardennes, and wife Cunigunde [ID4263]. However, "Ancestral Roots... (Balt., 1992) 143-19 shows Siegfried I as son of Richwin (Ricuinus)!

Richwin Count of Verdun

References: [AR7],[RFC],[Weis1],[ES]


1. RICHWIN [Richizo] (-murdered 923). Comte [de Verdun]. King Zwentibold donated property "in pago Uirdunensi in comitatu Rihuuini atque in pago Scarmis in comitatu Irenfridi capellam…Acei" to the monks of St Mihiel by charter dated 14 Aug 895[1173]. "Zuendeboldus…rex" donated property to the church of Trier by charter dated 23 Jan 899 which names "Richquinus et Widiacus…comites nostri"[1174]. Charles III "le Simple" King of the West Franks issued a charter dated 11 Jun 913 which names "Richuinus comes"[1175]. King Charles III confirmed a donation to Verdun St Michael, at the request of "comite Ricunio atque Erlebodo", by charter dated 24 Nov 915[1176]. King Charles III restored Kloster Susteren to the abbey of Prüm by charter dated 19 Jan 916 which names "fidelium nostrorum…Widricus comes palatii, Richuuinus comes, Gislebertus, Matfridus, Beringerius comites, Theodericus comes, Reinherus comes, Erleboldus"[1177]. “Riquinus...comes et abba ex monasterio sancti Petri Apostolorum principis Metensi ecclesia” granted property of the abbey “in comitatu Sarpontensi in villa...Campels” to “Remdendis Deo sacrata et Theilalfus filius suus” by charter dated 1 Feb 918, subscribed by “Hugo comes...”[1178]. Flodoard records in 921 that "Ricuni infidelis" opposed Charles III “le Simple” King of the West Franks “in regnum Lotharii”[1179]. Flodoard records that "Boso filius Richardi" killed "Ricuinum" in 923[1180].

m firstly ---, daughter of ENGUERRAND & his wife Friderada ---. Regino names "Friderada" as wife of "Engilrammo ex qua filiam quam postmodem Richwinus comes in coniugem accepti"[1181]. In the same passage, Regino also records that Richwin ordered the beheading of his first wife for her unchastity.

m secondly ([916/19] or after) as her second husband, CUNIGONDE, widow of WIGERICH [III], daughter of --- & his wife Ermentrud --- ([895]-after [930/40]). Her parentage and first marriage are indicated by the charter dated to [915] under which Charles III “le Simple” King of the West Franks donated the abbeys of Hastières and Saint-Rombaut to Liège Saint-Lambert, granting the enjoyment for life to "comes Windricus...uxoris eius...Cunegundis et unius filiorum ipsorum...nostri nepotis Adelberonis"[1182]. Her first and second marriages are confirmed by the Vita Iohannis Gorziensis which names "episcopo…Adalberone" (her son by her first husband) and "vitrico…eius Richizone" (her second husband)[1183]. She probably married thirdly ---. Her parentage is confirmed more specifically because the mother of Siegfried Count of Luxembourg is named "Cynigund", daughter of "Irmindrud" daughter of Louis II "le Bègue" King of the West Franks, in an 11th century genealogy which traces the ancestry of Siegfried's daughter Empress Kunigunde[1184]. The family relationship between Count Siegfried and the descendants of Wigerich [III] is confirmed by a reference in one of Gerbert's letters to Siegfried being patruus of the Wigerich's grandson Gozelo[1185]. However, Siegfried´s birth is estimated to [930/40] which indicates that he could not have been the son either of Wigerich or Cunigonde's second husband Richwin. The only explanation which is consistent with all the sources is that Cunigonde married for a third time after the death of her second husband and that she was the mother of Siegfried by her third marriage.

 Comte Richwin & his [first/second] wife had one child:

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Richwin de Verdun, comte de Verdun's Timeline

Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France
Lorraine, France
Chiny, Belgium
Age 38
Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France
Eiglise Saint Pierre aux Nonnaines