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Rotbald d'Arle, comte d'Arle

Also Known As: "Count D'arles"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Death: 948 (66-74)
Arles, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Immediate Family:

Husband of Bertha of Tuscany

Occupation: Count, Noble of Macon
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The family of Rotbold de PROVENCE and Ermengarde d'AQUITAINE

[129059] PROVENCE (de), Rotbold (..)

  • married about 910, from France ? (France)

AQUITAINE (d'), Ermengarde (..)

     1) Boso, married about 945 Constance de PROVENCE

Bibliographie : Internet (web); Essai sur l'histoire des comtes souverains de Provence

Ben M. Angel notes: Not to be confused with Rotbold II, who is his grandson. "Rotbold de Provence" father of Rotbold I, according to the Medlands Project, does not exist. This Rotbold is historically labeled as Rotbold I.


From the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy page on Provence:

ROTBALD [I], son of --- (-[949]).

His parentage is not known. It has been speculated that he was the son of Boso Marchese of Tuscany, for onomastic reasons, but that Boso is not known to have had any sons[185]. In any case, Boso was a reasonably common name in the area at that time.

Rotbald supported King Louis III "the Blind"'s campaign in Italy in 900 and his efforts to be crowned emperor in Feb 901.

m ---. The wife of Rotbald is not known.

It has been speculated, for onomastic reasons only, that she was --- d'Aquitaine, daughter of Guillaume "le Pieux" Duke of Aquitaine & his wife Engelberga de Provence, but there appears to be no other basis for this suggestion[186].

Rotbald & his wife had two children:

1. BOSON (-after Oct [965/67]. "Bosoni comitis, filii Rothboldi quondam" restored property to Saint-Victor by charter dated Mar 965[187]. Comte [d'Arles].


2. GUILLAUME [I] (-after Mar 965).

"Eius filio Rothboldo et fratre eius Wilelmo comite" consented to the charter of "Bosoni comitis, filii Rothboldi quondam" dated Mar 965, signed by "comes Boso…comes Wilelmus…"[188]. Comte [d´Avignon]. "Wilelmus comes" granted property "in comitatu Avenionense" to "Archimbalde filius meus clericus" by charter dated 962, signed by "Boso, comes ad vicem patris sui Wilelmi…Nevelongo vicecomite"[189]. It is not beyond doubt that "Willelmus comes" can be identified with the brother of Comte Boson but the reference to Avignon makes this likely.

m ---. The name of this couple's possible son suggests a family connection between his mother and the family of the Sires de Bourbon. She is shown in Europäische Stammtafeln[190] as the daughter of Aimon de Bourbon but it is not known whether this is speculation based only on onomastics or whether it is based on a primary source which has not been identified.

Guillaume & his wife had [two] children.


[185] Todd A. Farmerie 'Rotbald and William the Pious' at, 28 Jul 2003.

[186] Nathaniel Taylor 'Rotbald and William the Pious' at, 29 Jul 2003.

[187] Gallia Christiana Novissima, Marseille, Col. 47-48, no. 66, and Marseille Saint-Victor Tome I, 29, p. 40.

[188] Gallia Christiana Novissima, Marseille, Col. 47-48, no. 66, and Marseille Saint-Victor Tome I, 29, p. 40.

[189] Manteyer (1908), pp. 203 and 348, quoting Arch. de Vaucluse G., chap. métr., art. 27 provisoire, ff. 30 v.-31 r.

[190] ES II 187.

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Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Age 70
Arles, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France