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Almodis de La Marche

Almodis de La Marche[1]

Female Abt 1010 - 1071  (~ 61 years)

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  • Name Almodis de La Marche 
    Born Abt 1010 
    Gender Female 
    History Almodis was born about 1010, the daughter of Bernard, comte de La Marche (whose parents were both descendants of Charlemagne) and Aina/Amelia de Montignac. Her first marriage, around 1038, was to Hugues V de Lusignan, sire de Lusignan, and they had two sons and a daughter, of whom Hugues VI and Melisande would have progeny.

    Almodis and Hugues divorced on grounds of consanguinity, and Hugues arranged for her to marry Pons II Guillaume, comte de Toulouse in 1040. Almodis and Pons had several children, of whom Guillaume IV, Raimond V and Almodis would have progeny.

    Shortly after April 1053 Almodis was abducted by Ramon Berenguer I \'el Viejo\', conde de Barcelona. He kidnapped her from Narbonne with the aid of a fleet sent north by his ally, the Muslim emir of Tortosa. They married immediately (despite the fact that both her previous husbands were still alive) and they appeared with their twin sons, Raimund Berengar and Berenguer Ramon, in a charter the next year. Pope Victor II excommunicated Almodis and Ramon for this illegal marriage until 1056. Ramon and Almodis had four children: their twin sons Raimund Berengar and Berenguer Ramon, Inez (Agnes), and Sancha. Raimund Berengar and Inez would have progeny.

    Almodis maintained contact with her former husbands and many children, and in 1066/1067 she travelled to Toulouse for her daughter\'s wedding. A few years before, in 1060, Hugues V de Lusignan had revolted against his lord, Guillaume VI-VIII de Poitou, duke of Aquitaine, in support of Almodis\' son Guillaume IV de Toulouse. Her sons supported one another in military campaigns; Hugues VI de Lusignan, Raimond V de Toulouse, and Berengar Ramon all took the Cross.

    Her third husband Ramon Berenguer I had a son from a previous marriage, Pere Ramon (1050-1073?), who was his heir. Pere apparently resented Almodis\' influence and was concerned that she was trying to replace him with her own two sons. He murdered her on 16 October 1071. Pere was disinherited and exiled for his crime, and fled the country. When his father died in 1076, Barcelona was split between Berenguer Ramon and Raimund Berenguer, Almodis\' sons. The family history of murder did not end with Pere Ramon, as Berenguer Ramon earned the nickname \'the Fratricide\' when he arranged for his own twin brother to be killed.  [2
    Died 16 OCT, 1071 
    Person ID I1541  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 

    Father Bernard, Comte de La Marche,   b. Abt 974,   d. 1038/16 Jun, 1047  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Aina (Amelia), de Montignac,   b. Abt 985,   d. 1072  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Family ID F936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pons II Guillaume, Comte de Toulouse,   b. Abt 995,   d. 1060/1061  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Guillaume IV De Toulouse,   b. Abt 1040, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1094, age 54 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F935  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Almodis de La Marche

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almodis_de_la_Marche.

    2. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00106196&tree=LEO.