Gauthier III, count of Brienne

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Gauthier de Brienne, comte de Brienne

Also Known As: "Gauthier de Brienne", "Count of Brienne", "Prince of Taranto", "Duke of Apulia", "and Count of Lecce", "and titular King of Sicily"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Brienne-le-Château, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Death: June 14, 1205 (38)
Sarno, Salerno, Campania, Italy (murdered in Cairo)
Place of Burial: Sarno, Campania, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Erard II, count of Brienne and Agnès de Montfaucon
Husband of Maria of Sicily; Elvira Maria Albina, contessa di Lecce and Marie de Montferrat, Queen of Jerusalem
Father of Gauthier IV, Comte de Brienne, Comte of Jaffa and Marguerite de Brienne
Brother of Ida de Brienne; John of Brienne, King of Jerusalem and Guillaume de Brienne

Occupation: titular King of Sicily 1201–1205.
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About Gauthier III, count of Brienne

Walter III of Brienne

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Walter III of Brienne (died June 14, 1205) was the Count of Brienne 1191–1205, Prince of Taranto, Duke of Apulia, and Count of Lecce, and titular King of Sicily 1201–1205.

In 1200 he married Maria, daughter of Tancred of Sicily and sister and heiress of the deposed king William III of Sicily. Her precise name is unclear but has been given variously as Mary, Elvira, Albiria, Albinia, or Blanche. She died after 1216. At the time of their marriage, she and her family were exiles in France, trying to find allies to reclaim the Kingdom of Sicily from the young King Frederick. As her husband, Walter was recognized by Pope Innocent III as Prince of Taranto, Duke of Apulia, and Count of Lecce. After the Battle of Agnella in 1201, he took the title of King of Sicily. In 1204, he was besieged in the fortress of Terracina by Diepold of Vohburg and lost an eye to an arrow, but he broke the siege and put Diepold to flight. On June 11, 1205, he was ambushed by a sally of Diepold's while besieging him at Sarno and mortally wounded. He died in German hands on June 14, 1205, and was buried at the church of St. Maria della Foce in Sarno.

In 1205, his widow gave birth to his son, Walter IV of Brienne; but he received only the County of Brienne, his Sicilian inheritance having been confiscated because of his father's rebellion.

His daughter Anais married Balian I Grenier, Lord of Sidon, and was also a mistress of Frederick II.

His widow Elvira married secondly Giacomo Sanseverino, Count of Tricario, and thirdly Tigrini Guidi, Count of Modigliano (or Count Palatine in Tuscany?)


He tried unsuccessfully to retake the duchy of Athens from the Catalan Company in 1231, his failure due in large part to the neutrality adopted by Venice in the conflict[424]. He took part in the civil war in Cyprus against the supporters of Emperor Friedrich I King of Germany. He fought at the battle of Gaza 18 Oct 1244, but was captured and taken in chains to Cairo[425]. William of Tyre (Continuator) records that "Gautier le cuens de Briene" was captured in battle in 1244 and later died in prison[426]. Matthew Paris records that "nobilis comes Gualterus" was held in squalor in a Saracen prison

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Gauthier III, count of Brienne's Timeline

Brienne-le-Château, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
June 14, 1205
Age 38
Sarno, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Age 38
Sarno, Campania, Italy
Age 38
Brienne-le-Château, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Age 38