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Aldebert I, Comte de La Marche

Male - 997

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  • Name Aldebert I  
    Suffix Comte de La Marche 
    Gender Male 
    History Aldebert I was the son of Boson I \'le Vieux\', comte de La Marche, and Emma de Perigueux. From about 975 he was count of La Marche. He succeeded his father in his possessions in the border area (\'La Marche\') of the Limousin up to the border of Berry, and was the first of the family to carry the title of Count (Comitis Marchia).

    Shortly after the death of his father, he and his older brother Elie I, comte de Périgord, were captured by Guido, vicomte de Limoges, with whose family they were enemies. While Elie was able to escape in the same year, Aldebert had to endure a long confinement. Following the early death of his brother he also became comte de Périgord. Probably in the year 989 he concluded a peace with Guido when he married his sister, and it may have been on this occasion that he was recognised as count of the Borderland (comte de La Marche). The peace allowed the convening, on 1 June 989, of a council of the Aquitaine clergy in the abbey of Charroux, whose patrons were the sons of Boson I \'le Vieux\'. This council dealt first with the introduction of peace agreement in the Aquitaine region to counter the state of feudal anarchy. The Peace Council was convened a second time in Limoges in 994.

    Disregarding the council, Aldebert and his younger brother Boson II pursued a feud with Guillaume V-VII, duke of Aquitaine, comte de Poitou, who was actually their liege lord. At the end of 995/start of 996 they allied themselves against him with Foulques III \'Nerra\', comte d\'Anjou. Aldebert first attacked Gençay and destroyed it in order to move on Poitiers, and on the way he defeated an army of the duke that had been sent to stop him. Then he combined his forces with those of Anjou, and together they captured Tours in March 996. This provoked a reaction in the spring of 997 by King Robert II, who launched a counteroffensive in league with the duke of Aquitaine and count of Blois, and drove Foulques and Aldebert out of Tours. On this occasion the king was said to have asked Aldebert who had appointed him a count. Aldebert was said to have responded with: who had made Robert II king? This illustrated the lack of respect for the young Capetian dynasty among the Aquitanian nobility.

    Aldebert and his brother continued the conflict with the duke. In the summer of 997 he again attacked the rebuilt Gençay, but he was mortally wounded by an arrow. He was buried in the abbey of Charroux.

    Aldebert was succeeded by his son Bernard I, though initially Aldebert\'s brother Boson II took over the counties of La Marche and Périgord.  [1
    Died 997  near Gencay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1546  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 

    Father Boson \'le Vieux\', Comte de La Marche,   b. Abt 915,   d. yes 
    Mother Emma de Perigueux,   d. yes 
    Family ID F939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family NN de Limoges,   d. yes 
    +1. Bernard, Comte de La Marche,   b. Abt 974,   d. 1038/16 Jun, 1047  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F938  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00140024&tree=LEO.