Berengar I of Italy

Berengar I (Latin: Berengarius, Perngarius; Italian: Berengario; c. 845 – 7 April 924[1]) was the king of Italy from 887. He was Holy Roman Emperor between 915 and his death in 924. He is usually known as Berengar of Friuli, since he ruled the March of Friuli from 874 until at least 890, but he had lost control of the region by 896.[2]

Berengar of Friuli
Emperor of the Romans
Berengar's imperial seal
Emperor in Italy
PredecessorLouis the Blind
SuccessorOtto I, Holy Roman Emperor crowned in 962 after interregnum of 38 years
Verona, Italy
SpouseBertila of Spoleto; Anna
IssueBertha, Abbess of Santa Giulia in Brescia; Gisela of Friuli
FatherEberhard of Friuli
MotherGisela, daughter of Louis the Pious

Berengar rose to become one of the most influential laymen in the empire of Charles the Fat, and he was elected to replace Charles in Italy after the latter's deposition in November 887. His long reign of 36 years saw him opposed by no less than seven other claimants to the Italian throne. His reign is usually characterised as "troubled" because of the many competitors for the crown and because of the arrival of Magyar raiders in Western Europe. He was the last emperor before Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor was crowned in 962, after a 38-year interregnum.