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Conan (Bretagne) de Bretagne (1138 - 1171)

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Conan (Conan IV) "Duke of Brittany, Earl of Richmond, Le Petit, The Small" de Bretagne formerly Bretagne
Born in Penthièvre, Morbihan, Bretagne, Francemap
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Died in Guingamp, Cotes d'Armor, Bretagne, Francemap
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About Conan 1138-1171 IV le Petit de Bretagne, Duke (Brittany) Conan IV de Bretagne (Conan IV le Petit)

Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (Conan IV of Penthièvre),_Duke_of_Brittany

Conan IV, Duke of Brittany

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Conan IV of Penthièvre (1138 – February 20, 1171), (Breton: Konan V Penteur, and Konan Breizh) called "the Young", was duke of Brittany, from 1156 to his death.[1] He was son of Alan the Black, 1st Earl of Richmond and Bertha of Brittany. He was his mother's heir as Duke Conan III. From his father’s side, Conan was great great grandson of duke Geoffrey I and great grandson of Eudes of Brittany.[1] Conan and his daughter Constance would be the only representatives of the Penthièvre dynasty of Brittany.

With the death of his mother Bertha in early 1156, Conan IV expected to inherit the ducal throne.[1] However, he was denied his inheritance by his step-father Eudes, who refused to let go over his authority. Eudas may have entered into a pact with Hoel, Count of Nantes, to divide Brittany between them. But Hoel was under threat of rebellion in Nantes, sponsored by Geoffrey VI, Count of Anjou, and he could not send Eudas any aid. Within the year Conan IV was able to capture and imprison Eudas, and claim his inheritance.[1]

By 1158, Geoffrey VI, Count of Anjou died and Conan seized Nantes, reuniting the Duchy once again. However, Geoffrey's brother King Henry II of England, responded by seizing the Earldom of Richmond, Conan's paternal inheritance, and demanded the return of Nantes. Conan and Henry made peace, and Conan married Henry's cousin, Margaret of Scotland, in 1160.[1] Margaret was daughter of Henry of Scotland, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon and Ada de Warenne, a daughter of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey and Elizabeth de Vermandois.

Conan faced several revolts from his own nobles, rebellions possibly covertly supported by England. To put down the unrest, the Duke appealed for help to Henry, who, in return, demanded the betrothal of Conan’s only daughter and heiress Constance to Henry's son Geoffrey Plantagenet.

The Bretons, by Patrick Galliou and Michael Jones, Oxford, 1991, p. 191. ISBN 0-631-16406-5


  • ROYAL ANCESTRY by Douglas Richardson Vol. I, page 541-4


This person was created through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged on 14 September 2010.

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