Viscounts of Narbonne

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The viscount of Narbonne was the secular ruler of Narbonne in the Middle Ages. Narbonne had been the capital of the Visigoth province of Septimania, until the 8th century, after which it became the Carolingian Viscounty of Narbonne. Narbonne was nominally subject to the Carolingian counts of Toulouse but was usually governed autonomously. The city was a major port on the Mediterranean Sea. In the 12th century, Ermengarde of Narbonne (reigned 1134 to 1192) presided over one of the cultural centers where the spirit of courtly love was developed. In the 15th century Narbonne passed to the County of Foix and in 1507 to the royal domain of France.

Other governors of NarbonneEdit

Muslim governorsEdit

Visigothic countsEdit

  • Gilbert (c. 750)
  • Milo (c. 752-753)
  • Unknown (753-759)

Carolingian countsEdit

After 830 the counts were gradually reduced to viscounts.

Carolingian vigeriiEdit

  • Magnari (c. 790-c. 800)
  • Esturmio (800-811)
  • Quixilà (811-817)

Viscounts of NarbonneEdit

Independent viscountsEdit

  • Lindoi (876-878)
  • Maiol I (878-911)
  • Gauger or Gualquer (c. 911)
  • Francis II (c. 911-924)
  • Odo I (924-933)
    • Volverad (with Odo, c. 924-926)
  • Matfred I (933-966 or 969)
  • Raymond I (c. 969-1019/1023)
  • Béranger (1019/1023-c. 1066)
  • Raymond II (1066-1067)
  • Bernard (1066-c. 1077)
  • Aimery I (1077-1105)
  • Aimery II (1105-1134)
  • Ermengarde (1134-1192)

House of LaraEdit

House of TinièresEdit

  • Peter of Tinières (1424-1447, ruled as William III)

House of FoixEdit

In 1507, Narbonne passed to Louis XII of France.


  • Jacqueline Caille, "Ermengarde, vicomtesse de Narbonne (1127/29-1196/97). Une grande figure féminine du midi aristocratique", in La femme dans l'histoire et la société méridionales (IXe-XIXe siècles), Actes du 66e congrès de la Fédération Historique du Languedoc Méditerranéen et du Roussillon (Narbonne, October 15-16, 1994), Montpellier, 1995, pages 9-50.
  • Thierry Stasser, "La maison vicomtale de Narbonne aux Xe et XIe siècles", Annales du Midi, v. 204, 1993, p. 489-507.