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Guillaume IV Taillefer, Comte d\'Angouleme

Male Abt 970 - 1028  (~ 58 years)


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  • Name Guillaume IV Taillefer 
    Suffix Comte d\'Angouleme 
    Born Abt 970 
    Gender Male 
    History Guillaume IV Taillefer was the son of Arnauld Mancer, comte d\'Angoulême and his first wife Raingarde. In his younger years he was a loyal follower of his liege lord Guillaume II-IV \'Fier a bras\', duc d\'Aquitaine, comte de Poitou, from whom he held the castle of Blaye in fief. Later he became an ally of Foulques III \'Nerra\', comte d\'Anjou, for whom he besieged Taillebourg in the Saintonge and destroyed it.

    About 1000 he married Foulques III\'s sister Ermengarde-Girberge d\'Anjou, widow of Conon I \'le Tort\', duc de Bretagne, and daughter of Geoffrey I, comte d\'Anjou, and Adelais de Vermandois. They had about six sons of whom Geoffroy is recorded with progeny. The eldest son Alduin II married Alaisia de Gasçogne and had progeny, and a son Foulques also married, though the details are not recorded.

    Guillaume is remembered primarily as leader of a large party of pilgrims, consisting of high-ranking nobles, which left Angoulême on 1 October 1026 and passed via Hungary and Constantinople to arrive in Jerusalem in the first week of March 1027. By June or July 1027 Guillaume had returned to Angoulême to great acclaim by the population. When he became seriously ill a few months later in the winter of 1027, his son Alduin arrested several women on suspicion of witchcraft and tortured them to force them to confess. When Guillaume, lying on his deathbed, heard of this he ordered the release of the women. He died on 6 April 1028, and was buried the next day in the abbey of Saint-Cybard. Alduin nevertheless ordered that the women be burnt at the stake because some of them had confessed under torture.

    A 12th century chronicle recorded that Guillaume was actually poisoned by his daughter-in-law Alaisia, the wife of Alduin, because he intended to disinherit their children. It is possible that this claim was circulated for propaganda purposes by the descendants of Geoffroy, the second son of Guillaume, who took power after the death of Alduin in 1032, displacing Alduin\'s children.  [1
    Died 6 Apr 1028 
    Person ID I3224  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2018 

    Father Arnauld Mancer, Comte d\'Angouleme,   b. Abt 935,   d. 4 Mar 989/991, Aaint Cybard Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Raingarde 
    Family ID F2125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ermengarde-Gerberga of Anjou, Countess of Rennes, Countess of Angouleme,   b. 958,   d. c 1024  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Bef 1000 
    Children 
    +1. Geoffroy, Comte d\'Angouleme,   b. Abt 1002,   d. Dec 1048  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F2123  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00140001&tree=LEO.