Guillame Taillefer of Angouleme, Comte of Angouleme

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Guillaume 'Taillefer' d'Angoulême, comte d'Angoulême

Also Known As: "Count D'angouleme", "Taillefer"
Birthplace: Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
Death: Died in Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Vulgrin II, comte d'Angoulême; Vulgrin Taillefer of Angouleme, II, Comte of Angouleme; Pontia dela Marche de la Marche and Pontia Taillefer'd'Angouleme, Comtess of Angouleme
Husband of Emma de Limoges and Marguerite de Turenne, comtesse d'Angoulême
Father of Isabelle d'Angoulême; Aymer 'Taillefer' d'Angoulême, comte d'Angoulême; Almodis d'Angoulême; Wulgrin III "Taillefer" d'Angoulême, Comte d'Angoulême; Guiillaume V Taillefer de Anguleme and 5 others
Half brother of Foulques d'Angoulême, Seigneur de Matha; Geoffroi Martel d'Angoulême; Sister de Angoulême and Wulgram III Count of Angouleme

Occupation: Comte, d'Angoulême, Count of Angouleme
Managed by: Lúcia Pilla
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About Guillame Taillefer of Angouleme, Comte of Angouleme


GUILLAUME [VI] TALAFER d'Angoulême, son of VULGRIN [II] Comte d'Angoulême & his first wife Pontia de la Marche (-Messina 7 Aug 1179). The Historia Pontificum et Comitum Engolismensis names "Guillelmum primogenitum" as son of Comte Vulgrin [II] and his wife "Pontia filia Comitis de Marcha"[596]. "Willelmus Talafars comes Engolismensæ filius Vulgrini comitis" donated property to Saint-Pierre d'Angoulême by charter dated to [1089/1101] which refers to donations by "Willelmi Talafer avi mei et Vulgrini patris mei"[597]. He succeeded his father in 1140 as Comte d'Angoulême. "Guillelmus Talaferii comes Engolismensis" exempted Notre-Dame de Dalon from taxes on its lands by charter dated 1146[598]. He joined the crusade in 1147. An exchange of territories with Saint-Amant-de-Boixe recorded in a charter dated to [1146/59] recites prior donations by "Vulgrinus comes Engolismæ" and after his death by "filius suus domnus Vuillelmus Talafer"[599]. "Wmus Talafer, comes Engolismensis, filius Wlgrini comitis…et Arnaldus Bocardi" issued a charter dated 1163 concerning the forest of Marange, which names "filii mei Wlgrinus et W Talafer"[600]. The Chronicon Gaufredi Vosiensis records that "Guillermus filius Wlgrimi Comes Engolismensis, Ademarus Vicecomes Lemovicensis, Oliverius filius Gulpherii senioris de Turribus" were among those who left for Jerusalem in 1178, stating that "Engolismensis Comes Guillermus Sector-ferri" died "VII Id Aug apud Messinam Siciliæ"[601].

   m firstly (after 1137) as her third husband, EMMA de Limoges, widow firstly of BARDON de Cognac and secondly of GUILLAUME X Duke of Aquitaine [GUILLAUME VIII Comte de Poitou], daughter of ADEMAR [II] Vicomte de Limoges & his [second wife Marie des Cars]. The Chronicon Gaufredi Vosiensis names "aliam filiam [Ademari]…Ennoa (seu Emma)" stating that she married "Guillermus Dux, frater Raymundi Antiochiæ principis" after the death of her earlier husband "Bardoni de Coniaco", before being abducted by "Willelmus Sector-ferri, filius Wlgrini Comitis Engolismensis"[602]. "Emma comitissa, uxor comitis Engolismensis, filia Ademari vicecomitis Lemovicensis" donated property "ripas stagni de Chalamans" to Notre-Dame de Dalon by undated charter[603].
   m secondly ([1150/51]) as her third husband, MARGUERITE de Turenne, widow of ADEMAR [IV] Vicomte de Limoges and divorced wife of EBLES [III] Vicomte de Ventadour, daughter of RAYMOND [I] Vicomte de Turenne & his wife Mathilde du Perche (-21 Oct [1186/1202]). The Chronicon Gaufredi Vosiensis records that "Ademaro vicecomite Lemovicensi, sponsam illius Margaretam, sororem Bosonis de Torenna" married thirdly "Guillermus Sector-ferri Comes Engolismensis, multorum pater liberorum"[604]. Her parentage and first marriage are confirmed by the cartulary of Tulle St Martin which records a donation by "Ademarus vicecomes Lemovicensis et Aimericus de Gordo mariti duarum sororum Bosonis, Mangnæ et Margaritæ" dated 21 Dec 1143 made "pro anima Bosonis vicecomitis de Torenna qui gladio corruit" on the day of his burial, authorised by "Ebolus vicecomes de Ventedorn et Archambaldus vicecomes de Comborn", and made "in manu domni Ebali abbatis Tutellensis patrui ipsius Bosonis"[605]. The Chronicon Gaufredi Vosiensis records that "Ademaro vicecomite Lemovicensi, sponsam illius Margaretam, sororem Bosonis de Torenna" married "Ebolus Ventadorensis, filius Eboli Cantatoria" after her first husband died, but that the marriage ended after two years because of their consanguinity[606]. "Vuillelmus Talafers comes Engolismensis Vulgrini filius et Margarita uxor mea et filii nostri Vulgrinus scilicet primogenitus noster, Vuillelmus Talafers, Ademarus, Grisetus, Fulco et Almodis filia nostra uxor Amanei de Lebret" transferred rights to Saint-Amant-de-Boixe by charter dated 1171[607]. The necrology of Saint-Martial records the death “XII Kal Nov” of “Margarita Engolismensis comitissa, mater Ademari vicecomitis” and her donation[608].
   [596] Historia Pontificum et Comitum Engolismensis, XXXVI, p. 56.
   [597] Angoulême 154, p. 146.
   [598] Dalon Notre-Dame 739, p. 180.
   [599] Saint-Amand-de-Boixe 254, p. 238.
   [600] Castaigne, E. (ed.) (1869) Documents historiques sur l'Angoûmois, Tome I (Paris), p. 126.
   [601] Ex Chronico Gaufredi Vosiensis, 71, RHGF XII, p. 447.
   [602] Ex Chronico Gaufredi Vosiensis, 41, RHGF XII, p. 425.
   [603] Dalon Notre-Dame 870, p. 210.
   [604] Ex Chronico Gaufredi Vosiensis, 53, RHGF XII, p. 438.
   [605] Tulle Saint-Martin no. 490, p. 261.
   [606] Ex Chronico Gaufredi Vosiensis, 53, RHGF XII, p. 438.
   [607] Saint-Amand-de-Boixe 302, p. 270.
   [608] Leroux, A., Molinier, E, and Thomas, A. (1883) Documents Historiques bas-latins, provençaux et français concernant principalement La Marche et Le Limousin (Limoges) ("Documents historiques Limousin bas-Latins (1883)”), Tome I, Obituaire de Saint-Marciale, p. 77. 

Guillaume IV Taillefer de Angouleme (1134-1187)

William V of Angoulême was the Count of Angoulême from 1140 to 1178. He inherited the territory from his father, Wulgrin II of Angoulême.

It is from him, that the territory was split between the three brothers all sons of William IV: Wulgrin III of Angoulême who was the eldest, William VI of Angoulême and Aymer of Angoulême.

After the death of Aymer, the territory did not pass to Aymer's daughter, Isabella of Angoulême, Queen consort to John of England, but rather to the daughter of Wulgrim III, Mathilde of Angoulême, who had married Hugh IX of Lusignan, father of Hugh X of Lusignan.

Wulgrin II (...) he married Pontia de la Marche (or de Montgomery), daughter of Roger the Poitevin and Almodis, the daughter of count Aldebert II of La Marche. They had only one son, William IV Taillefer.

B: Abt 1134

Of, Angouleme, Charente, France

D: 7 Aug 1187

, Messina, Sicily, Italy

M: Bef 1160

He was apparently poisoned by his step-daughter. There are some discrepancies about when he died in the histories.

Comte d'Angoulême

Died while on a crusade.

William was the Count of Angoulême from 1181 to 1186.

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