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Guigues III d'Albon

Also Known As: "'le Vieux'"
Birthplace: Albon, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France
Death: Died in Albon, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Guigues II Pinguis d'Albon and Pétronille d'Argental
Husband of Mathilde de Hauteville, dame de Sicile
Father of Guigues IV "le Dauphin", comte d'Albon; Garsende d'Albon; Béatrice d'Albon; Mahaut of Albon, countess of Savoy and Humbert d'Albon
Brother of Adélaïde d'Albon

Occupation: Conde de Albon, Conde d' Albon, Comte d'Albon, Comte de Grenoble, Dauphin du Viennois =Guigues VI, Greve, Comte, d'Albon, Guy II, comte d' Albon, Dauphin de Viennois, Comte d'Albon & de Grenoble, comte d'Albon
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Guigues III of Albon

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Guigues le Vieux comtes d'Albon dit Guigues III (between 1050 and 1060–1133) was the first Count of Albon from 1079, when the County of Vienne, then in the possession of the Archdiocese of Vienne, was divided between him and Humbert I of Savoy, who received Maurienne.

He was the son of Guigues II of Albon and Adelaide of Royans. His ancestors were lords of the castle of Albon and counts (comites) in the Grésivaudan and Briançonnais.

Guigues's regin was marked by continual strife with Hugh of Châteauneuf, Bishop of Grenoble, over the suzerainty of certain church lands in the Grésivaudan. Hugh accused the count of usurping the lands with the help of the Bishop Mallem and invented fantastic stories to back up his claim to the disputed estates. Finally an accord was signed between Guigues and the bishop in 1099. Guigues returned the ecclesiastic land, while Hugh recognised the authority of the count in the vicinity of Grenoble.

In 1095, Guigues contracted an exemplary marriage with the high-born Matilda, long thought to be the daughter of Edgar the Aetheling, but now thought more likely to have been a daughter of Roger I of Sicily, the Great Count, and his third wife, Adelaide del Vasto. Patrick Deret, however, alleges, on the basis of possible birth dates, that her mother must have been Roger's second wife, Eremburga of Mortain.

In 1129, Guigues benefited further from the division of the Viennois between himself and Amadeus III of Savoy. Four years later, he died, leaving as his heir Guigues IV and a second son, Humbert, Archbishop of Vienne. He had three daughters:

   * Garsenda, married William III of Forcalquier
   * Matilda, married Amadeus III of Savoy in 1135
   * Beatrice (born c. 1100), married Josserand de Die (c. 1095–c. 1147)
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Guigues III, I. comte d'Albon's Timeline

Albon, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France
Age 27
Forcalquier, France
Age 27
St Rambert d'Albon, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France
Age 32
Age 40
Albon, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France
December 21, 1125
Age 57
Albon, Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes, France
Count of, ALbon