William Count of Anjou

Male 1136 - 1164  (28 years)


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  • Name William Count of Anjou 
    Born 22 Jul 1136  Argentan, Normandy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jul 1164  Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Notre Dame Cathedral of Rouen Cemetery, Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I766  King of Scots
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2016 

    Father Geoffrey V Count of Anjou,   b. 24 Aug 1113,   d. 07 Sep 1151, Château-du-Loir, Sarthe, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Matilda of England,   b. 07 Feb 1102, Winchester Castle Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1167, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1128 
    Family ID F311  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jul 1136 - Argentan, Normandy Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • William (22 July 1136 at Argentan, Normandy,[1][2] - 30 July 1164 at Rouen, Normandy[3][4]) was the youngest of the three sons of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I of England. His eldest brother was King Henry II of England, and his 2nd brother was Geoffrey VI, Count of Anjou. William was Viscount of Dieppe and Count of Poitou. He was also known as William FitzEmpress and as William of Anjou.

      In 1156 he was with his brother Henry at the siege of Chinon.[5] This siege was occasioned by the rebellion of their brother Geoffrey[6] He also conducted the siege at the castle of Mountreuil-Bellay. While doing so he had the writings of the Roman military theorist Vegetius read to him; he then did what Vegetius had done, and the siege ended the next day.[7]

      In September, 1155, King Henry held a council at Wincester where he enthusiastically considered invading Ireland and giving it to William, making him king. The plans were abandoned when their mother Empress Matilda objected, as she did not consider Ireland worth conquering.[8][9] Henry did, however, make William one of the richest men in England, granting him seven manors (Maldon in Essex; Dartford, Hoo, and Shorne in Kent; Aylsham and Cawston in Norfolk; and Hintlesham in Suffolk).[10] He also had land surrounding Dieppe, Normandy, of which he was made vicomte (viscount).

      In 1162 his marriage to Isabel de Warenne, 4th Countess of Surrey, was arranged. She was one of the great heiresses in England, being the widow of William of Blois, count of Boulogne and Mortain, the son of King Stephen of England, and a cousin of William. Because of this relationship a dispensation from affinity was required for the marriage to take place; such dispensations were usually granted without difficulty. Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury refused to support the request for a dispensation and it was not granted because of that.[11] William died suddenly shortly after that, it was said of a broken heart. He was buried in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Rouen.[12] Henry blamed Thomas Becket for his brother's death, and this might well be the beginning of the great conflict between them. When Becket was murdered 29 December 1170, one of the knights that killed him was Richard le Breton who had been in William's employ. When he delivered his fatal blow he shouted "take that, for the love of my lord William, the king's brother!"[13]


      References
      ^ Amt, Emile, ?William FitzEmpress (1136-1164)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [1]
      ^ Henry Project, Geoffrey V "le Bel" or "Plantagenet", [2]
      ^ Amt, Emile, ?William FitzEmpress (1136-1164)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [3]
      ^ Henry Project, Geoffrey V "le Bel" or "Plantagenet", [4]
      ^ Amt, Emile ?William FitzEmpress (1136-1164)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [5]
      ^ Warren, W L, Henry II, p. 65, Univ. of California Press, 1973
      ^ Duby, Georges, France in the Middle Ages, 987-1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc, transl. by Juliet Vale, p. 178, Blackwell Publishing, 1993
      ^ Warren, W L, Henry II, p. 195, Univ. of California Press, 1973
      ^ Weir, Alison, Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, p. 145, Ballantine Books, 1999
      ^ Amt, Emile, ?William FitzEmpress (1136-1164)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004[6]
      ^ Warren, W L, Henry II, p. 449, Univ. of California Press, 1973
      ^ Chronique de Robert de Torigny I, 1164, p. 350
      ^ Amt, Emile, ?William FitzEmpress (1136-1164)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [7]
      Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William,_Count_of_Poitou"


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