Aznar Sánchez (Gascogne)

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Aznar Sánchez († 836) was a count of Gascony in the early 9th century.

Aznar is occasionally equated with the Count of Aragon, Aznar I. Galíndez, equated with him.[1] However, a document dated around 835, in which he places the village of Cazaux under the Abbey of Pessan, identifies him as the son of a Sancho (Comite Azenario-Sancio).[2] Aznar is called “Count of this side Vasconia” (Asenarius quoque citerioris Wasconiae), who in 836 defected from his immediate overlord, King Pippin I of Aquitaine, and therefore died a cruel death.[3] His brother Sancho, however, was able to succeed him in Gascony, even against Pippin’s will.


  1. Thus by the editor of the Vita Hludowici Imperatoris of Astronomus, who called him “Count of Jaca” (Asenarius comes de Iacca) and attributed to him a daughter who had married a descendant of the old Aquitanian ducal house and founder of the Abbey of Alaon. However, this information is most likely based on the Charter of Alaon, which turned out to be a forgery. Vita Hludowici Imperatoris §37, ed. by Georg Heinrich Pertz, in: Monumenta Germaniae Historica SS 2 (1829), p. 628, note 74.
  2. Chroniques ecclésiastiques du diocèse d’Auch, ed. by Louis-Clément de Brugeles (1736), Preuves de la IIe partie, p. 34.
  3. Annales Bertiniani, ed. by Georg Heinrich Pertz in: Monumenta Germaniae Historica, SS rer. Germ. 5 (1883), pp. 12-13.

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