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Guillaume Bussac d'Eu, Comte d'Eu (1035-avant 1052)

Also Known As: "Busac", "William"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Of, Normandie
Death: Died in Champagne, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
Immediate Family:

Son of William, Count of Eu and Lesceline de Harcourt de Turqueville
Husband of Adélaïde (Aélis) de Soissons, Vicomtesse de Troyes, Comtesse de Soissons
Father of Count Renaud II of Soissons, Comte; Ramtrude d'Eu, comtesse de Soissons; Jean I, comte de Soissons; Bishop Manasse of Soissons, Bishop Of Soissons; Ade - Ada de Soissons, d'Eu and 5 others
Brother of Robert FitzGuillaume, comte d'Eu; Margaret d'Eu; Beatrice d'Eu and Hugues d'Eu, Bishop of Lisieux
Half brother of Sir Norman D'Arcy, Lord of Nocton

Occupation: Comte de Soissons (1057-1059, 1075-1082), Greve Av Mortain
Managed by: Floyd Brian Russak
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About Guillaume II d'Eu, comte de Soissons

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillaume_Busac http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/PARIS%20REGION%20NOBILITY.htm#GuillaumeSoissonsdied1076

GUILLAUME "Busac" d'Eu, son of GUILLAUME Comte d'Hiémois et d'Eu [Normandy] & his wife Lesceline de Tourville (-[1076]). Guillaume of Jumièges names “Rodbertum...Willelmum Suessionensem comitem atque Hugonem Luxoviensem præsulem” as the three sons of “ducis uno ex patre fratrem progenitum...Willelmum” and his wife “Lezscelinam...filiam...Turchetilli”[3989]. Comte de Soissons. Guillaume of Jumièges records that “Willelmus cognomento Busacius” plotted rebellion against Guillaume II Duke of Normandy, who besieged “castrum Oucis” and forced Guillaume into exile with Henri I King of France, who granted him “comitatum Suessionis...cum quadam nobili coniuge”[3990]. [An undated charter, dated to the [1035/50], records the donation of "predium Heltonis quod possedit Gozelinus vicecomes" to the abbey of Sainte-Trinité at Rouen, with the support of "Willelmus comes Normanniæ, et Willelmus, filius Willelmi comitis, qui et hæres Heltonis, et Robertus comes frater eius…Niellus…et Turstinus vicecomites", subscribed by "…filii Turchitilli Hugo et Goffridus necnon Walerannus comes", signed by "Gozelini vicecomitis, Heltonis, Willelmi heredis Heltonis, Walberti fratris Heltonis, Waleranni comitis, Alberici comitis, Heltæ filii Heltonis…"[3991].] An undated charter, dated to [1049], records that "Lezelina comitissa…cum filiis suis" was expelled "de castro Ou" and donated land on the banks of the Seine to Sainte-Trinité de Rouen, with the consent of "filiis suis Hugone, Willelmo, Rotberto"[3992]. [The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names "comes Suessionis et comes de Dommartin et comes de Ronaco et Manasses cui agnomen Calva-asina" as brothers of "Helduino comiti de Ramerut", naming "Rainaldum comitem Suessionis et Iohannem, qui fratri successit in comitatum, et Manassem Suessionensem episcopum et filias" as the children of "supradictus comes Suessionis Guilermus…frater iam dicti Helduini"[3993]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines gives the same origin of "comes Suessionensis Guilelmus" naming him brother of "Manasses Calva-asina et…comitis Hilduinis de Ramerut"[3994]. No explanation has been found for this discrepancy.] "…Willemus comes Suessionensis…" witnessed the charter dated 29 May 1067 under which Philippe I King of France confirmed the possessions of Saint-Martin-des-Champs[3995].

m [ADELA] [de Soissons, daughter of RENAUD Comte de Soissons & his wife ---] (-[1105]). Guillaume of Jumièges records that “Willelmus cognomento Busacius” plotted rebellion against Guillaume II Duke of Normandy, who besieged “castrum Oucis” and forced Guillaume into exile with Henri I King of France, who granted him “comitatum Suessionis...cum quadam nobili coniuge”[3996]. This source does not link the grant of the county of Soissons to Guillaume’s marriage to the heiress of the county, nor does the wording of the passage even imply that connection although such a link is the most obvious explanation for the grant. No other primary source has yet been identified which confirms her parentage and marriage. If Guillaume’s wife was the heiress of Soissons, the chronology suggests that she could have been the sister of Comte Guy [II], although she could also have been a more remote relation. She is named Adela in secondary sources but no primary source has been identified which confirms that this name is correct.

Comte Guillaume & his wife had four children:

1. RENAUD [II] de Soissons (-1099). The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names "Rainaldum comitem Suessonis et Iohannem…et Manassem Suessionensem episcopum et filias" as children of "comes Suessionis Guilermus"[3997]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines also names "Renaldum et Iohannem comites et Manassem episcopum Suessionensem" as children of "comes Suessionensis Guilelmus"[3998]. Comte de Soissons.

2. JEAN de Soissons (-after 1115). The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names "Rainaldum comitem Suessonis et Iohannem…et Manassem Suessionensem episcopum et filias" as children of "comes Suessionis Guilermus", specifying that Jean succeeded his brother as Comte de Soissons[3999]. Comte de Soissons. m AVELINE de Pierrefonds, daughter of NIVELON [II] Seigneur de Pierrefonds & his wife Hawise --- (-12 May after 1119). The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. A charter dated 1119 records the settlement of a dispute between the monks of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes and "heres eius…comes Johannes" concerning property donated by "Aylaidis comitissa", after whose death "Johannes filius eius" disputed the donation, with the consent of "ipso puero comite et comitissa matre eius Avelina"[4000]. The necrology of Reims [Saint-Rémi] records the death "XI Kal Jun" of "Avelina comitissa Suessionensis et monacha"[4001]. Comte Jean & his wife had one child:

a) RENAUD [III] de Soissons (-after 1141). The primary source which confirms his parentage has not yet been identified. Comte de Soissons. A charter dated 1119 records the settlement of a dispute between the monks of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes and "heres eius…comes Johannes" concerning property donated by "Aylaidis comitissa", after whose death "Johannes filius eius" disputed the donation, with the consent of "ipso puero comite et comitissa matre eius Avelina"[4002]. He transferred the county of Soissons to Ives II de Nesle in 1141 and became a monk[4003]. m BATHILDE, daughter of ---. The primary source which confirms her marriage has not yet been identified. 1137.

3. MANASSES de Soissons (-1 Mar 1108). The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names "Rainaldum comitem Suessonis et Iohannem…et Manassem Suessionensem episcopum et filias" as children of "comes Suessionis Guilermus"[4004]. Bishop of Cambrai 1095. The Gesta Episcoporum Cameracensium (Continuatio) records the disputes which arose following the death of Gerard Bishop of Cambrai, when the town of Cambrai chose “Francigenam...Manassen” whereupon the canons appointed “prepositum...Mascelinum” (and later “domnum Walcherum archidiaconum suum”, see above), while the inhabitants of Arras appointed “episcopum...Lambertum”[4005]. Another Gesta Episcoporum Cameracensium (Continuatio) provides a second version of events, including the intervention of “Manasses Remensium archiepiscopus, electi Manassæ avunculus”[4006]. The Chronicon S. Andreæ records the council of Auvergne held by Pope Urban II in 1095 which decided in favour of Manassès[4007]. The Continuatio of Sigebert's Chronica from Anchin records in 1095 the succession, after "expulso ab episcopatu Cameracensi Walchero”, of “Manasses”[4008]. The Continuatio of Sigebert's Chronica from Anchin records in 1105, after "Manasse Cameracensi episcopo accepto monachico habitu”, the succession of “Odo primus abbas ex cœnobio sancti Martini Tornacensis æcclesiæ”[4009]. Bishop of Soissons 1103. The Gesta Galcheri Episcopi Cameracensis records that the Pope installed Manassès as bishop of Soissons after he left Cambrai[4010]. The necrology of Soissons Saint-Jean records the death “Kal Mar” of “Manasses episcopus” and his donation of “altare de Bonnis, de Lostro...”[4011].

4. --- de Soissons . The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records that "Renaldum et Iohannem comites et Manassem episcopum Suessionensem, horum soror Yvoni de Nigella" gave birth to "comitem Radulfum"[4012]. The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names "Rainaldum comitem Suessonis et Iohannem…et Manassem Suessionensem episcopum et filias" as children of "comes Suessionis Guilermus", specifying that one daughter (unnamed) married "Ivoni de Neella" by whom she had "Radulfum eiusdem castri dominum. Radulfus genuit Yvonem comitem Suessionis et Radulfum castellanum de Bruges et Theodericum Cameracensem archidiaconum"[4013]. m IVES de Nesle, son of --- (-after 1076). -------------------------- Guillaume Busac (né avant ca 1025-1077), fils de Guillaume d'Eu, comte d'Hiémois, puis comte de Soissons (de jure uxoris).

Il assiste au couronnement du roi Henri Ier de France et se fait proclamer duc de Normandie. Comme descendant de Richard-sans-Peur, il essaie de disputer la Normandie à Guillaume-le-Bâtard[évasif]. Il réussit d'abord à entraîner dans son parti un grand nombre des seigneurs normands, qu'il convoque au château d'Eu, l'une des plus fortes places du duché. Mais Richard II de Normandie ne laisse pas aux conjurés[évasif] le temps de recevoir les renforts qu'ils attendent. Il enveloppe la forteresse, s'en empare malgré la résistance énergique des assiégés et la livre au pillage et force le rebelle Guillaume, son parent, à s'exiler. Guillaume Busac se rend auprès du roi Henri Ier. Le roi lui donne le comté de Soissons, ainsi qu'une épouse en 1058, Ade, comtesse de Soissons et de de Troyes (1042-1079), fille de Renaud, Grand-Maître d’Hôtel de France. Guillaume Busac accompagne Henri Ier de France dans la guerre que ce monarque a contre les rois d’Angleterre.

-------------------- aka: Guillaume d'EU, Comte de Soissons aka: William "Busac", Count of EU

married: 1057/59 1058

died: after 1076 occ (living) 1059 [Ref: ES III:693] 1090

Count of Eu, rebelled and deprived, went to France

http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/pedigree.cfm?pid=49186

William Busac, was Count of Eu, but was deprived in favor of his brother Robert, and was ancestor of the Counts of Nisle.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jweber&id=I06173

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Guillaume II d'Eu, comte de Soissons's Timeline

1021
1021
Of, Normandie
1037
1037
Age 16
Gloucestershire,England
1051
1051
Age 30
Soissons, France
1052
1052
Age 31
Soissons, France
1054
1054
Age 33
Soissons, France
1057
1057
Age 36
Soissons, France
1058
1058
Age 37
Soissons, Aisne, Picardy, France
1058
Age 37
France
1065
1065
Age 44
France
1065
Age 44
Champagne, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France