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Manso is the name of:

  • Manso, Haute-Corse, commune in the French department of Haute-Corse
  • Manso, Ghana, town in Ghana near Takoradi
  • Manso Indians, an indigenous American people


  • Manso, Prefect of Amalfi, Italian noble
  • Manso I of Amalfi (died 1004), Italian noble
  • Manso II of Amalfi, Italian noble
  • Alonso Manso (1460–1539), Spanish bishop
  • Damián Manso (born 1979), Argentinian soccer player
  • Johann Kaspar Friedrich Manso (1760–1826), German historian and philologist

See also:

  • Manso River (disambiguation)
  • Bono Manso, ancient town in Ghana
  • Manso Nkwanta, town in Ghana
Manso (viceduke)

Manso ( fl. c. 1077–96) was a Lombard viceduke ( vicedux) who ruled the Duchy of Amalfi during the reign of Roger Borsa, the Norman Duke of Apulia. He is known only from his coins: large, copper follari bearing the inscription MANSO VICEDUX on the reverse. Irregular and poor in quality, mostly overstrikes of Salernitan coins, they were originally attributed to Manso of Salerno (981–83).

The term vicedux is probably a title formed from Latin dux (duke), the traditional title of the rulers of Amalfi since the mid-tenth century, and the prefix vice-, indicating a deputy. It may, however, be an abbreviation, either for vicerosissimus (most beloved) dux or vicarius et dux ( vicar and duke). Every coin attributed to Manso bears his name and title, sometimes surrounding a cross. Among the obverse images—many unexplained—found on coins bearing this inscription are: a bonneted bust (sometimes between two stars on a field of pellets), a crowned head, an open hand (the hand of God, manus Dei), a bull beneath the lettering VIC or IMA, a horse, a castle, and two towers (or perhaps one tower and the letter G).

No mention is made of a Manso vicedux in contemporary documents, but Manso II of Amalfi, deposed 1052/3, is known to have had a son named Manso, who in turn had a son Manso. This last Manso married a certain Gaitelgrima and was the father of John. Both Mansos appear in documents of 1080 and 1098 bearing the title dominus (lord). Probably one of these was appointed by Robert Guiscard or his son and successor, Roger Borsa, to rule Amalfi on their behalf. Since Robert preferred to use the title prince (princeps) after his conquest of the Principality of Salerno (1078), Roger, who consistently used the title duke, is the more likely, since the title viceduke implies a duke. Roger also had a reputation among his Norman followers for favouring Lombards in his service and is known to have permitted (or been too weak to resist) at least one other baronial coinage, that of Fulco of Basacers. There is conflicting testimony that either a coin of Manso's was struck over one of Robert's, or vice versa. It is certain that a coin of Manso's was struck over an anonymous coin (of the so-called Italie type) that is probably Roger's. The balance of evidence suggests that Manso minted his coins in Amalfi under Roger before 1096, when the Amalfitans rebelled against Norman rule under Marinus Sebastos. Manso likewise could not have been in power in 1088, when Gisulf II, the Salernitan prince deposed by Robert, briefly seized power in Amalfi with the support of the citizens.

Manso (surname)

Manso is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alonso Manso (1460–1539), Spanish bishop
  • Damián Manso (born 1979), Argentine footballer
  • Frimpong Manso (born 1959), Ghanaian footballer and manager
  • Johann Kaspar Friedrich Manso (1760–1826), German historian and philologist
  • José Manso de Velasco, 1st Count of Superunda (1688–1767), Spanish soldier and politician
  • Shirley Frimpong-Manso (born 1977), Ghanaian film director, writer and producer
  • Will Manso (born 1975), American television journalist and host

Usage examples of "manso".

The two of them would be flying out alone, with Manso at the controls of the aging Kamov 26 helicopter gunship.

Fidel had made him head of State Security, Manso had been the highest-ranking colonel in the Air Force.

He was still pleading when Manso casually lopped off his head, spraying the three boys with blood.

This spectacular crime, and the ensuing manhunt for Manso and his two brothers, had caused them to flee their homeland.

Russian investigators reached Cuba, Manso and his young brothers were in Colombia, at the forefront of a burgeoning new industry.

When the weather was too bad for flying, Manso and his brothers took to the sea to make their deliveries.

Pitting brother against brother, Manso gave that responsibility to Juanito.

The leader, who was never able to sleep at night, would roam the streets of the old city with Manso, pouring out his frustrations and fears.

Kamov-26 helicopter started spinning rapidly as Manso spooled up the revs of the jet turbine engine.

The old yacht club fell away quickly, but Manso liked to fly low, almost brushing the tops of the sailboat masts in the marina.

But gradually, Manso had been able to boost their confidence: The unthinkable could be thought, and the undoable could be done.

September of this year of our Lord, 1705, the villainous Manso de Herreras sailed from Havana Bay, embarking on a voyage to the Isle of Brittania.

Castro unbuckled himself, leaned over, and spat on Manso again, square in the face.

Which is bad because, as Manso well knew, you might actually survive a vertical crash.

Castro did not remove his hand, Manso jammed the blade down into his muscular thigh with all the force he could muster.