King Berengar II of Italy
(Abt 0919-0966)


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1. Willa Princess Of Tuscany

2. Unknown

King Berengar II of Italy

  • Born: Abt 919, Italy
  • Marriage (1): Willa Princess Of Tuscany
  • Marriage (2): Unknown
  • Died: 966 about age 47

  General Notes:

The Lombard Berengar of Ivrea, sometimes also referred to as Berengar II of Italy, was marquess of Ivrea.

Through his mother he was a fifth generation descendant of Charlemagne.

Following the uprising he led became the effective King of Italy upon the withdrawal to Provence of Hugh of Arles, who left his young son Lothar as titular king. At the death of Lothar a few years later, in 950, Berengar seized the opportunity and declared himself king, with his son as co-king. He tried to legitimize his rule by forcing Adelaide, the respective daughter, daughter-in-law, and widow of the last three kings of Italy, into marriage with his son Adalbert. Adelaide's requests for intervention resulted in Otto I's invasion in 951, where Berengar was forced to pay homage to the Emperor (952). Otto, a widower, subsequently married Adelaide himself. Berengar was deposed by Otto, and Northern Italy came under direct control of the Holy Roman Empire.

Berengar continued in his position as a vassal of the Empire. Later (from 960) Berengar and his son Adalbert attacked Pope John XII, on whose appeal Otto marched into Rome and was crowned emperor (962). John's subsequent negotiations with Berengar caused Otto to depose the pope and capture and imprison Berengar in Germany (963).

His consort was Willa, the daughter of Boso, count of Arles and Avignon and margrave of Tuscany; she mistreated Adelaide when Berengar held her captive for several months in 951. The chronicler Liutprand of Cremona, raised at his court at Pavia, gives several particularly vivid accounts of Willa's character. She was held captive in a German nunnery.

Berengar married Willa Princess Of Tuscany, daughter of Boso Marquis Of Tuscany and Willa Princess Of Bourgogne. (Willa Princess Of Tuscany was born about 924 in Tuscany, Italy.)

Berengar next married.

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