Arsinde de Carcassonne

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Arsinde de Carcassonne

Also Known As: "Arsinde de Couserans", "Arsinde de Conserans"
Death: after circa 959
Immediate Family:

Wife of Arnaud I, Count of Comminges
Mother of Roger I le Vieux de Comminges, comte de Carcassonne; Arsenda de Comminges; Odo I de Comminges, comte de Razès; Raymond I, comte de Comminges; Loís, Infant de Comenge and 2 others

Occupation: Condesa de Carcasona, Herdeira de Carcassonne, Grevinne, Comtesse, de Carcassonne, de Razès, Countess, Comtesse de Carcassonne et Razès 945/969, Comtesse de Carcassonne (8e, -937), Comtesse de Razès, Comtesse(héritière) de Carcassonne et de Razès
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About Arsinde de Carcassonne

"Arnaldus et uxore mea Arsendis" donated property to the abbey of Lézat by charter dated Apr 944, signed by "Arnaldo et uxore sua…Arsendis et filiis suis vel filias…"[763]. Her parentage is not known.

According to Europäische Stammtafeln[764], Arsinde was the daughter of Acfred Duke of Aquitaine, Comte d'Auvergne, first cousin of Acfred [II] Comte de Carcassonne. Settipani highlights that the obvious way of explaining the transmission of the county of Carcassonne to the family of the Comtes de Comminges is that she was Arsinde de Carcassonne, daughter of Acfred Comte de Carcassonne et de Razès Seigneur de Foix & his wife ---[765].

However, the chronology is not ideal.

As explained below (Part B), it is likely that her son Roger [I] Comte de Carcassonne was born in the later part of the date range [930/40].

If this is correct, it is likely that Arsinde married in [925/35] which would place her own birth in the range [905/20].

Another difficulty is that there is no indication who held the county of Carcassonne between the death of Comte Acfred [II] in [933] and the time when Arsinde's son Roger was comte, the date of which is uncertain but is unlikely to precede the 950s at the earliest.

In particular, no proof has yet been found that the county was inherited by Arsinde's husband, which would have been normal if his wife had been the heiress of Carcassonne.

According to Europäische Stammtafeln[766], Arsinde was the daughter of Acfred Duke of Aquitaine. The primary source on which this is based has not yet been identified. It is assumed that it is also speculative based on onomastics.

A third possibility is proposed by Stasser, who suggests that she was the sister of Raymond [I] Comte de Rouergue, on the grounds that it is better supported from the onomastic point of view[767]. "Arnaldus et uxor mea Arsindis, et Rodgarius et Odo filiis nostris" donated property to the abbey of Montolieu, near Carcassonne for the souls of "…et Rodgario fratre meo" by charter dated 7 Apr 949[768]. "Arsindis comitissa cum filiis suis Odo et Raimundo" are named in a charter dated 957[769], which suggests that her husband had died before that date. "Arsendes comitissa et filius meus Rodgarius comes" sold property to "Gilaberto vicario" by charter dated 29 Nov 957[770]. "Arsindis comitissa cum filiis suis Odo et Raimundo" signed a charter dated to [959] relating to their property "alode de Magrinnano et de Cugciaco…in comitatu Narbonense"[771]. NOBILITY.htm