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Constantia of Vienne (de Viennois)

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Birthplace: Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Constantine, count of Vienne and Thietburge de Sens
Wife of Boson II, comte d'Arles
Mother of Rotbald II, comte de Provence; Guillaume II le Liberateur, comte de Provence; Ponç lo Jove d’Arle and Constance de Provence
Sister of Richard de Vienne; Adelania de Vienne and Hugobert de Vienne

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About Constance of Viennois

From the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy page on Provence:

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/PROVENCE.htm#BosonIIArlesdied965B

Boson II married CONSTANTIA, daughter of --- (-after May [963]).

"Boso comes et uxor sua Constantia…illorum filii…Willelmus comes, Rotbaldus comes, Pontius juvenis" signed the charter dated May [963] under which "Gencius et uxor mea Aiburga" donated property "in pago Aquense superiore ad castrum…Ansoyse" to Monmajour[205].

Her affiliation is unknown. Chaume[206] proposed that she was Constantia, daughter of Charles Constantin Comte de Vienne, for onomastic reasons only on the basis that names with the root "Constant-" were unknown in western royal genealogy before Charles Constantin himself. This supposition is, however, incorrect as numerous charters of the monastery of Cluny dated between 891 and 946 include the name "Constantia"[207], and many others during the same period the names "Constantius" and "Constantinus". Poly[208] suggests that Constantia, wife of Count Boson II, was the sister rather than daughter of Charles Constantin, but this appears to be more difficult to sustain chronologically.

Boson & his wife had two children:

1. Guillaume II (b. 955, d. 993 after 29 August in Avignon, Comte de Provence)

2. Rotbald II (d. 1008/22 April 1015, Comte de Provence)

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From the Francogene website:

http://www.francogene.com/quebec--genealogy/128/128948.php

The family of Boso de PROVENCE and Constance de PROVENCE

[128948] PROVENCE (de), Boso (Rotbold & Ermengarde d'AQUITAINE [129059])

  • married about 945, from France ? (France)

PROVENCE (de), Constance (Charles-Constantin & .. [128947]), born about 925

1) Guillaume II, comte de Provence et d'Arles, born about 950, married about 980 Adèle dite Blanche d'ANJOU

Bibliographie : Essai sur l'histoire des comtes souverains de Provence; Histoire de la maison royale de France (Père Anselme)

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From the French Wikipedia page for Constance de Provence:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_de_Provence

Constance, née aux alentours de l'an 920, morte entre 963 et 966 fut comtesse de Provence par mariage.

Une filation mal connue

Sa filiation n'est pas connue et l'abbé Maurice Chaume a le premier mis en évidence que le prénom de cette dernière renvoyait au comte de Vienne Charles-Constantin. Il cite d'autres indices qui ne se révélèrent pas probants par la suite, mais considérer Charles Constantin, comte de Vienne comme le père de Constance de Provence reste la meilleure hypothèse de la filiation de Constance.

Certains chercheurs ont pensé qu'elle était sœur de Charles Constantin, mais Guillaume le Libérateur, son fils, étant né vers 950-955, elle même n'a pas pu naître avant 910-915. Or la mère de Charles Constantin, qui a transmis les prénoms de Constance et Constantin, est morte en 903. Il est vrai que Constance pourrait être une nièce de Charles Constantin, mais il est très improbable que ce dernier aie eu une sœur ou un frère germain (brièveté du mariage des parents et absence dans les sources).

Mariage et enfants

Elle épousa avant 942, ou plus probablement vers 945-948, Boson II (928 † 968), comte d'Arles et eut deux fils[1] :

1. Rotbald (Roubaud) († 1008) et

2. Guillaume dit le Libérateur (†993) , né vers 950 et mort après le 29 août 993, comte d'Arles et de Provence puis marquis de Provence en 975. Il est le père de Constance d'Arles épouse du roi de Robert II de France.

Sources

Christian Settipani, Nos ancêtres de l'Antiquité : étude des possibilités de liens généalogiques entre les familles de l'Antiquité et celles du haut Moyen-Âge européen, Christian, Paris, 1991, 263 p. (ISBN 2-86496-050-6)

Christian Settipani, La Préhistoire des Capétiens (Nouvelle histoire généalogique de l'auguste maison de France, vol. 1), éd. Patrick van Kerrebrouck, 1993 (ISBN 2-9501509-3-4)

Notes

1.↑ Constantia is named as the wife of Comte Boson, and mother of Guillaume and Rotbald, in the Cartulaire de Montmajour dated May 963 (Chartrier de Saint-Pierre de Montmajour, ed. Dom Chantelou (1890/1), pp. 1-384, quoted in Settipani (1991), p. 3 footnote 3.)

In English:

Constance was born around 920 and died between 963 and 966. She was Comtesse de Provence by marriage.

A little known woman

Her parentage is unknown, though Father Maurice Chaume suggested that her name came from the Comte de Vienne, Charles Constantine. He cites other evidence that proved to be inconclusive afterward, but considering Charles Constantine, Comte de Vienne, as the father of Constance de Provence is the best hypothesis so far of Constance's ancestry.

Some researchers have thought she was the sister of Charles Constantine, but his son, William the Deliverer, was born around 950-955, and Charles himself was not born before 910-915. Now the mother of Charles Constantine, who carried forward the names of Constance and Constantine, died in 903. It is true that Constance could be a niece of Charles Constantine, but it is unlikely that the latter was a sister or brother (short of an omission of parentage or marriage in the sources).

Marriage and Children

She married before 942, or more likely 945-948, to Boson II (928-968), Comte d'Arles. They had two sons [1]:

1. Rotbald (Robaud) (d. 1008)

2. William The Liberator (d. 993), born c. 950 and died after 29 August 993, Comte d'Arles and Provence, and Marquis de Provence in 975. He is the father of Constance of Arles, who became wife of King Robert II of France.

Notes:

1. Constantia is named as the wife of Count Boson, and mother of Guillaume and Rotbald, in the Cartulary Montmajour dated May 963 (Charter of St-Pierre-Montmajour, ed. Chantelou Dom 1890/1, pp 1-384, quoted in Settipani 1991, p. 3, footnote 3.)

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Constance OF VIENNE7,207 was born about 935. ARSC 6TH ED LINE 141A,B PED OF A.H.AYERS Parents: \Count Of Vienne\ Charles CONSTANTINE and TEUTBERGE.

Spouse: Count Of Provence & Arles BOSO. Count Of Provence & Arles BOSO and Constance OF VIENNE were married. Children were: Count Of Provenc\ Rotbaud II, Count Of Provenc\ William I.

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William I of Provence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He and his elder brother Rotbold II, sons of Boso II of Arles and Constance of Viennois, daughter of Charles-Constantine.

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895
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Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
923
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Age 28
Carpentras, Comtat Venaissin, Provence, France
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963
May 963
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