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Dangereuse De L'Isle-Bouchard

Dangereuse De L'Isle-Bouchard[1]

Female Abt 1075 - Aft 1119  (~ 45 years)

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  • Name Dangereuse De L'Isle-Bouchard 
    Born Abt 1075  Isle-Bouchard, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    History Dangereuse de l'Isle Bouchard (Poitevin: Dangerosa; 1079-1151) was the daughter of Bartholomew de l'Isle Bouchard. She was the maternal grandmother of the celebrated Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was also mistress to her granddaughters' paternal grandfather William IX, Duke of Aquitaine.[1] As the mistress of William the Troubadour, she was known as La Maubergeonne for the tower he built for her at his castle in Poitiers. Dangereuse was a sobriquet she received for her seductiveness; her baptismal name may have been Amauberge.

    Contents [hide]
    1 Family
    2 Life
    2.1 Marriage
    2.2 Mistress to William IX
    3 Sources
    4 Footnotes
    Family[edit]
    Dangereuse's paternal grandparents were Archimbaud Borel de Bueil and Agnes de l'Isle Bouchard. Through her granddaughter, Dangereuse was an ancestor of many monarchs and members of the nobility, including: Richard I of England, Marie, Countess of Champagne, John of England, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, Joan, Queen of Sicily, Eleanor, Queen of Castile, Matilda, Duchess of Saxony and Henry the Young King.

    Her granddaughter Eleanor was Queen consort of France, Queen consort of England and Duchess of Aquitaine (in her own right).

    Life[edit]
    Marriage[edit]
    Dangereuse married Viscount Aimery I of Châtellerault at an unknown date. She advised her husband to donate property to the priory of Saint Denis en Vaux in a charter dated 1109, which means they were married before this point.[2] Dangereuse was a woman who did as she pleased and cared little for the opinion of her peers.[3]

    Their marriage produced five children (two sons and three daughters):

    Hugh (died before 1176) succeeded his father as Viscount
    Raoul (died 1190) married Elisabeth, dame de Faye-la-Vineuse and had issue; he became grand seneschal of Aquitaine.
    Aenor/Eleanor (c. 1103 – March 1130) married William X, Duke of Aquitaine, mother to Duchess Eleanor and Petronilla
    Amable, married Wulgrin II, Count of Angoulême
    Aois (fate unknown)
    Dangereuse and Aimery were married for around seven years before she left her husband to become the mistress to Duke William IX; this became an infamous liaison.[4]

    Mistress to William IX[edit]
    Whilst travelling through Poitou, Duke William IX of Aquitaine met the "seductive" Dangereuse.[5] This led to her leaving her husband for Duke William, who was excommunicated by the church for "abducting her"; however, she appeared to have been a willing party in the matter. He installed her in the Maubergeonne tower of his castle in Poitiers, and, as related by William of Malmesbury, even painted a picture of her on his shield.[6][7]

    Upon returning to Poitiers from Toulouse, William's wife Philippa of Toulouse was enraged to discover a rival woman living in her palace. She appealed to her friends at the court of Aquitaine and to the Church;[8] however, no noble could assist her since William was their feudal overlord, and when the Papal legate Giraud complained to William and told him to return Dangereuse to her husband, William's only response to the bald legate was, "Curls will grow on your pate before I part with the Viscountess." Humiliated, in 1116, Philippa chose to retire to the Abbey of Fontevrault.

    Dangereuse and William had three children:

    Henri (died after 1132), a monk and later Prior of Cluny.
    Adelaide
    Sybille, Abbess of Saintes
    Some[9] believe that Raymond of Poitiers, was a child of William by Dangereuse, rather than by Philippa of Toulouse. A primary source which names his mother has not so far been identified. However, he is not named in other sources as a legitimate son of Willam IX. It is therefore reasonable to suppose that he was born from the duke's relationship with Dangereuse. If this is the case, Dangereuse was grandmother to Bohemund III of Antioch, Maria of Antioch and Philippa of Antioch.

    Philippa died two years later and William's first wife Ermengarde set out to avenge Philippa. In October 1119, she suddenly appeared at the Council of Reims being held by Pope Calixtus II and demanded that the Pope excommunicate William (again), oust Dangereuse from the ducal palace, and restore herself to her rightful place as Duchess Consort. The Pope "declined to accommodate her"; however, she continued to trouble William for several years afterwards.

    The relationship between William and his legitimate son William was troubled by his father's liaison with Dangereuse. This was only settled when the pair arranged the marriage between William the Younger and Dangereuse's daughter Aenor in 1121;[10] the following year Eleanor was born.

    William died on 10 February 1127; nothing is recorded of Dangereuse after this point. She died in 1151.

    Sources[edit]
    Harvey, Ruth E. The wives of the 'first troubadour', Duke William IX of Aquitaine (Journal of Medieval History), 1993
    Parsons, John Carmi. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady, 2002
    Footnotes[edit]
    Jump up ^ AQUITAINE, Medieval Lands
    Jump up ^ Documents concernant le Prieuré de Saint-Denis en Vaux, Archives historiques du Poitou Tome VII (Poitiers, 1878) ("Saint-Denis en Vaux") I, p. 346.
    Jump up ^ Eleanor of Aquitaine: a biography
    Jump up ^ Eleanor of Aquitaine: a biography
    Jump up ^ Pilgrims, heretics, and lovers: a medieval journey
    Jump up ^ Lou Alice Fink of Louisville, KY: Information
    Jump up ^ Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen and Legend
    Jump up ^ Orderic Vitalis, Vol. VI, Book XII, p. 259
    Jump up ^ Aquitaine, Medieval Lands
    Jump up ^ Encyclopedia of women in the Middle Ages
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    Died Aft 1119  Isle-Bouchard, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I208  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 13 May 2017 

    Father Sieur Barthelemy De L'Isle-Bouchard,   b. 1049, Isle-Bouchard, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1097, Isle-Bouchard, Centre, France, age 48 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Gerberge De Blaison,   b. 1053, Blaison, pays de Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1109, Isle-Bouchard, Centre, France, age 56 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Family ID F99  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Vicomte Aymeric I Chatellerault,   b. 1075, Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Nov, 1144, Abbaye de Noyers, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Aenor De Chatellerault, Duchesse D'aquitaine,   b. abt1103, Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1130, Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Pays De Loire, France, age 27 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Last Modified 13 May 2017 
    Family ID F98  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Vicomte Aymeric I Chatellerault,   b. 1075, Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Nov, 1144, Abbaye de Noyers, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Aenor De Chatellerault, Duchesse D'Aquitaine,   b. Abt 1103, Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1130, Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, Pays DE Loire, France, age 27 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Last Modified 15 May 2017 
    Family ID F163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Dangereuse D'aquitaine
    Dangereuse D'aquitaine

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93823507.

    2. [S12] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangereuse_de_l%27Isle_Bouchard.