Rorgon I, Count of Maine

Rorgon I or Rorico(n) I (also Rorgo or Rorich; died 16 June 839 or 840) was the first Count of Maine and progenitor of the Rorgonid dynasty, which is named for him. He was Count of Rennes from 819 and of Maine from 832 until his death.


He was a son of count Gauzlin I of Maine[1] and Adeltrude, both of whom are named as his parents in a charter of 839 by Rorgo I to the Abbey of Saint-Maur de Glanfeuil.[2] Between 819 and 832 Rorgon became count of Maine and at some point, possibly at the bidding of his wife Bilechilde who may have owned the property, undertook to restore the Abbey of Glanfeuil. An Abbot Ingelbert of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés allegedly assisted Rorgon and sent monks including Rorgon's brother Gausbert.[lower-alpha 1][3] Gausbert (Gauzbert) was the name of an Abbot at St. Maur.[4]

Count Rorgon had been a retainer at the court of Charlemagne, with whose daughter Rotrude he had a sexual relationship.[5] The couple had at least one illegitimate child, Louis, Abbot of Saint-Denis, Saint-Riquier, and Saint-Wandrille,[5] who was also chancellor to his cousin Charles the Bald from 841.[4]

Marriage and issue

Rorgon married a lady named Bilechilde,[4] and had three sons and two daughters:


  1. At this point the remaining details become somewhat uncertain due to being obtained from several forged charters to this institution. For more information see: Herbert Bloch, Monte Cassino, Vol. I (Parts I and II) (1986), p. 970.


  1. Pierre Riché, The Carolingians; A Family who Forged Europe,Trans. Michael Idomir Allen (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1993), p. 138
  2. K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, 'Two Studies in North French Prosopography', Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 20 (1994), p. 6
  3. Herbert Bloch, Monte Cassino in the Middle Ages, Vol. I (Parts I and II) (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1986), p. 970
  4. Régine Le Jan, Famille et pouvoir dans le monde franc: (VIIe-Xe siècle) (Publications de la Sorbonne, Paris, 2003), p. 445
  5. Einhard the Frank, The Life of Charlemagne, Ed. & Trans. Lewis Thorpe (The Folio Society, London, 1970), p. 60 n.*

Additional resources

  • Riché, Pierre. Les Carolingiens, une famille qui fit l'Europe. 1983.
  • Volkmann, Jean-Charles. Bien Connaître les généalogies des rois de France. ISBN 2-87747-208-6

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