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House of Ivrea
Casa di Ivrea
Maison d'Ivrée

Royal family
CountryHoly Roman Empire
Kingdom of Italy
Frankish Empire
Papal States
County of Burgundy
Kingdom of Castile, Galicia, León and Kingdom of Aragon
Founded9th century
FounderAnscar I
Final rulerItaly: Arduin
Burgundy: Joan II
Castile, Galicia and León: Peter
(Spain) Union of Castile and Aragon: Joanna the Mad (illegitimate line)
Orange: Philibert
Dissolution1369 (1369)
Cadet branches
Coat of arms of the count of Burgundy (up to 1231)

The Anscarids (Latin: Anscarii) or the House of Ivrea were a medieval dynasty of Burgundian and Frankish origin which rose to prominence in Northern Italy in the tenth century, even briefly holding the Italian throne. The main branch ruled the County of Burgundy from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries and it was one of their members who first declared himself a count palatine. The cadet Castilian branch of Ivrea ruled the Kingdom of Galicia from 1111 and the Kingdoms of Castile and León from 1126 until 1369. The Spanish House of Trastámara, which ruled in Castile, Aragon, Naples, and Navarre at various points between the late 14th and early 16th centuries, was an illegitimate cadet branch of that family.


The founder of the family's fortunes was a petty Burgundian count named Anscar, who, with the support of his powerful brother, the archbishop of Rheims Fulk the Venerable, brought Guy III of Spoleto to Langres to be crowned King of France in 887. Their plot failing, Anscar accompanied Guy back to Italy to seek that vacant throne and, in gratefulness to Anscar, Guy created the March of Ivrea to bestow on his Burgundian faithful. Anscar's descendants held the march until 1030. Perhaps the most illustrious scion of the house was his grandson Berengar, the first of three Anscarids to be crowned king of Italy.[citation needed]

Berengar seized the throne in 950 after the death of Lothair II. He was opposed, immediately, by Lothair's widow Adelaide, whom he imprisoned after his attempt to force her marriage to his son, Adalbert II, failed. Emperor Otto I came down the peninsula and forced him to do homage in 952. For the next eleven years, Berengar and his co-crowned son governed Italy until Otto finally formally deposed them in 963.[citation needed]

From 1002 to 1014 Arduin of Italy held the Italian throne in opposition to the German Henry II.[citation needed]

Counts of Burgundy

Adalbert was eventually forced to flee to Burgundy, where he died at Autun. His widow remarried to Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy and her son by Adalbert, Otto William, was adopted by the duke. In 982, the County of Burgundy (which will later be known as Free County) is created. Otto-Henri supported Otto-William to be the first count of Burgundy. At the death of the duke, the count inherited the duchy of Burgundy. After the council of Héry (1015), Robert II of France and his son, Henry I of France, confiscated the duchy, leaving only a small portion around Dijon to Otto-William.[citation needed]

The greatest of the free counts was Renaud III, who, from 1127, used the title franc-comte as a sign of independence of German or Imperial authority, but was forced to submit to Conrad III. His daughter and heiress, Beatrice, married Frederick Barbarossa and united the Anscarid inheritance with that of the Hohenstaufen. Burgundy was inherited by her son Otto I, who had an Anscarid name. Thus the county was lost for the House of Ivrea, but it came back when Hugh of Chalon married to Adelaide countess of Burgundy, daughter of Beatrice II of Hohenstaufen (Otto I's daughter). However, in 1303 died Otto IV, Count of Burgundy, last male of the main line and the county inherited to the Dampierre family and finally to the Capetian-Valois dukes of Burgundy.[citation needed]

John I of Chalon-Arlay, a younger brother of Hugh of Chalon, became the founder of the line of Chalon-Arlay. His descendant, John III of Chalon-Arlay married Mary de Beaux princess of Orange, thus the principality was acquired by the family. The last male offspring was Philibert of Chalon who died in 1530. The possessions inherited to son of his sister Claudia of Chalon, i.e. René of Nassau.[citation needed]

Castilian branch of Ivrea

Raymond, fourth son of Count William I of Burgundy, travelled to Castile-León in the late eleventh century and there married Urraca, the future monarch. She was succeeded by their son, Alfonso VII. Subsequent monarchs of Castile and León were their agnatic descendants until the 16th century, although the crown had passed to an illegitimate cadet branch, the House of Trastámara, in the late 14th century.[citation needed]

Family tree of House of Ivrea

Anscar I
margrave of Ivrea
House of Ivrea
Archbishop of Reims
Adalbert I
margrave of Ivrea
Berengar II
margrave of Ivrea,
king of Lombards in Italy
Anscar II
duke of Spoleto
of Chalon
Adalbert II
co-king of Lombards in Italy
margrave of Ivrea
margrave of Ivrea
count of Pombia
Otto William
count of Burgundy
margrave of Ivrea,
king of Lombards in Italy
Reginald I
count of Burgundy
William I
count of Burgundy
count of Brionne
Reginald II
count of Burgundy
Stephen I
count of Burgundy
Pope Callixtus II
count of Galicia
queen of Castile & León
House of Jiménez
William II
count of Burgundy
Reginald III
count of Burgundy
William III
count of Mâcon
Castilian House of Ivrea
William III
count of Burgundy
Beatrice I
countess of Burgundy
Stephen II
count of Auxonne
Otto I of Hohenstaufen
count of Burgundy
Stephen III
count of Auxonne
Beatrice II of Hohenstaufen
countess of Burgundy
count of Chalon
Adelaide of Andechs
countess of Burgundy
HughJohn I
count of Auxerre
John I
lord of Arlay
House of Arlay
archbishop of Besançon
Otto IV
count of Burgundy
Joan II
countess of Burgundy
count of Montbéliard

See also


Royal house —House of Ivrea Preceded by(founder) counts of Burgundy 982–1190 Succeeded byHouse of HohenstaufenRoyal house —House of Ivrea Preceded byHouse of Andechs counts of Burgundy 1279–1330 Succeeded byHouse of Capet