Renaud of Briel

Renaud of Briel, in older literature Renaud of Bruyères, was a French knight and the first lord of the Barony of Karytaina in the Principality of Achaea, in Frankish Greece.

Renaud of Briel
Baron of Karytaina
Reign1209–around 1222
SuccessorHugh of Briel
Diedaround 1222
ReligionRoman Catholic

Hailing from Briel-sur-Barse in the French province of Champagne, Renaud had accompanied Geoffrey of Villehardouin on the Fourth Crusade, traveling directly to Syria rather than to Constantinople with the main crusader expedition.[1] Renaud then went to Greece, where after five years of service as a knight, he was appointed lord of Karytaina (1209-1222) by Geoffrey of Villehardouin. Renaud’s younger brother Hugh joined him in Greece in 1215, married Geoffrey of Villehardouin’s only daughter Alix, and later succeeded Renaud as baron of Karytaina (ca. 1222-38).[2]


  1. ^ Evergates 2007, p. 187.
  2. ^ Evergates 2007, pp. 187–188.


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  • Evergates, Theodore (1994). "The Origin of the Lords of Karytaina in the Frankish Morea". Medieval Prosopography. 15 (1): 81–114.
  • Evergates, Theodore (2007). The aristocracy in the county of Champagne, 1100-1300. University of Pennsylvania Press.
New title Baron of Karytaina
1209–around 1222
Succeeded by
Hugh of Briel