Hugo of Tours

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Hugo von Tours (* around 780; † October 20, 837 , buried in Monza ) was probably a son of Count Haicho from the house of the Etichonen and thus a great-great-grandson of Duke Eticho of Alsace ; what is certain is that he was a descendant of Eticho. The branch of the family he is at the head of is called the Liutfriden.

At first he owned mainly in Alsace , then under Emperor Ludwig the Pious he was also Count of Tours and probably also Count of Sens , and thus owned two of the most important counties in the Franconian Empire . In addition, he was Vogt of the women's monastery St-Julien-d'Auxerre.

In 811 he was one of Charlemagne's imperial envoys in Constantinople . In 821 his daughter Irmingard married Karl's grandson, later Emperor Lothar I. His importance is also revealed by the fact that he is listed as the first count in the Reichenau fraternity book in 824 . In the same year he took part in a campaign against the Bretons . In 826 he and Count Matfried von Orléans were the companions of the Empress Judith at the baptism of the Danish king Harald Klak in Ingelheim .

In 827 he led the Frankish relief army on the campaign against the Moors in the Barcelona area . Since his hesitant approach (he was given the nickname "timidus", the fearful) was partly responsible for the late arrival of this army, he was deposed in 828 on a court day in Aachen - just like Matfried von Orléans - but remained of great influence in the environment of his son-in-law Lothar I, whom he is said to have incited against his father Ludwig. After the loss of his goods and offices in Gaul, he appeared, still in Lothar's favor, as one of the most important Franconian nobles in Italy , even after a royal estate that was transferred to him, "dux de locate" - means Locate di Triulzi near Milan - called.

Hugo and his wife Ava († around 840) had at least five children:

Hugo von Tours was buried in the Monza church.