Aymer 'Taillefer' d'Angoulême, comte d'Angoulême (1160 - 1202) MP

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Nicknames: "Adhemar", "Last name sometimes shown as ''Taillifer'", "which means "hewer of iron" or "the Swordmaker"", "Taillifer", "Count D'angouleme", "Aymer /de Taillefer/", "'Taillefer' The Pretender", "Aymar", "Adhemar or Adomar"
Birthplace: Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
Death: Died in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
Occupation: Count of Angouleme, Count of Angoulême
Managed by: Margaret, (C)
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About Aymer 'Taillefer' d'Angoulême, comte d'Angoulême

Aymer III de Taillefer, Comte d'Angoulême (1160-1202)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymer_of_Angoul%C3%AAme

and in French: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymar_Taillefer

Aymer I (c. 1160–16 June 1202), the last Taillefer Count of Angoulême.

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Aymer (or Aymar) was the third of the 6 children of William IV of Angoulême, the Count of Angoulême, and Marguerite of Turenne. His two elder brothers, Wulgrin III of Angoulême and William V of Angoulême became the Counts of Angoulême, respectively, after the death of their father in 1179 (Wulgrin first, then William V succeeding in 1181). Aymer succeeded his brother in 1186 as the Count of Angoulême.

In that same year, he married Alice of Courtenay, the daughter of Peter of Courtenay (the son of Louis VI of France) and Elizabeth of the House of Courtenay. In 1188, they had a daughter who would play an important role in the history of England and France: Isabella of Angoulême.

Aymer died in Limoges, France on June 16, 1202. His daughter and only child Isabella succeeded him as the ruler of the county of Angoulême. Her title, however, was largely empty since her husband John, king of England, denied Isabelle control of her inheritance as well as her marriage dowry and dower. John's appointed governor, Bartholomew le Puy, ran most of the administrative affairs of Angoulême until John's death in 1216. In 1217 Isabelle returned and seized her inheritance from le Puy, who appealed unsuccessfully to the English king for help.

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Plantagenet Chronicles p. 263

The book, 'Queens of England'

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Comte d'Angoulême -------------------- Aymer (also Aymar, Adhemar or Adomar; c. 1160 – 16 June 1202) was the last Count of Angoulême of the House of Taillefer. He was the third of the six children of Count William IV and Marguerite de Turenne. His two elder brothers, Wulgrin III and William VII, became the Counts of Angoulême in succession after the death of their father in 1179. Aymer succeeded his brother in 1186, and soon after was at the court of Richard the Lionheart, then Duke of Aquitaine and thus Aymer's lord, to receive recognition of his accession.[1] By 1191, Aymer had married Alice of Courtenay, the daughter of Peter I of Courtenay and thus granddaughter of King Louis VI of France.[2] In 1188, they had a daughter, Isabella of Angoulême, who married King John of England in 1200. The marriage alliance was sealed by two treaties, one public, the other private between Aymer and John. The count remained a steady ally of the kings of England against the rebellious House of Lusignan. Aymer had a claim to the County of La Marche, where in 1199 or 1200 he was exercising authority, perhaps on behalf of his son-in-law, and issued a charter to some monks of Aubignac. In February 1202 when John was visiting Angoulême to negotiate a treaty with Sancho VII of Navarre, Aymer took him on a tour of the newly consecrated abbey church at La Couronne.[3] The role of Aymer's daughter in John's continued refusal to properly care for his brother Richard the Lionheart's widow, Berengaria of Navarre, may explain the Count of Angoulême's proximity to the negotiations between the two kingdoms. Aymer died in Limoges on 16 June 1202. His daughter and only child succeeded him as Countess of Angoulême. Her title, however, was largely empty since her husband denied her control of her inheritance as well as her marriage dowry and dower. John's appointed governor, Bartholomew de Le Puy (de Podio), ran most of the administrative affairs of Angoulême until John's death in 1216. In 1217 Isabella returned and seized her inheritance from Bartholomew, who appealed unsuccessfully to the English king for help. Aymer's widow, Alice, ruled the city of Angoulême until March 1203, when John summoned her to court and granted her a monthly pension of 50 livres d'Anjou in return for her dower rights. She thereafter retired from public life to her estate at La Ferté-Gaucher, where she was living as late as July 1215, when she issued a charter at Provins using the title Countess of Angoulême.

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Aymer 'Taillefer' d'Angoulême, comte d'Angoulême's Timeline

1160
August 23, 1160
Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1186
April 1186
Age 25
Angouleme, Aquitaine, FR
1188
1188
Age 27
Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1202
June 16, 1202
Age 41
Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
June 16, 1202
Age 41
L'abbaye Notre-Dame de La Couronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
1218
1218
Age 41
1909
March 9, 1909
Age 41
March 9, 1909
Age 41
March 9, 1909
Age 41
1935
June 8, 1935
Age 41