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Guillaume de Normandie (Caen), III

Also Known As: "Clito", "Count of Flanders"
Birthplace: Rouen (Seine-Maritime) France
Death: July 28, 1128 (21-29)
Alost, Flanders, in battle (Battle of Alost)
Place of Burial: Saint-Berin Abbey, Saint-Omer, Alost, East Flanders, Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert II "Curthose", Duke of Normandy and Sybilla of Conversano, Duchess Consort of Normandy
Husband of Giovanna de Montferrato
Ex-husband of Sibylla of Anjou, Countess Of Flanders
Brother of Henry of Normandy
Half brother of IIlegitimate daughter of Robert "Curthose" Duke of Normandy; William de Normandy, Lord of Tortosa and Sir Richard the Niger (illegitimate)

Occupation: 9th Duke of Normandy, Count of Flanders 1127-1128, Greve av Flandern, Count of Flanders, Count of Flanders (Mar. 2, 1127 - July 28, 1128, 1127 - Jun. 28, 1128)
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About William Clito

Guillaume "Clito" de Normandie comte de Flandre

m. 1.SIBYLLE d’Anjou, daughter of FOULQUES V Comte d’Anjou & Eremburge de Maine m. 2.GIOVANNA di Monferrato, daughter of RANIERI Marchese di Monferrato & Gisèle de Bourgogne

From Medlands:

GUILLAUME de Normandie (Rouen [Jan/Mar] [1103]-St Omer, Abbey of St Bertin 27 Jul 1128, bur St Omer, Abbey of St Bertin). His parentage is stated by Orderic Vitalis, who specifies that he was born in Rouen in the third year after his parents' marriage[278]. After his father was captured by Henry I King of England, the king entrusted Guillaume to Hélie de Saint-Saens (who was married to Guillaume's illegitimate half-sister)[279]. According to Orderic Vitalis, after King Henry "returned victorious to England", he commanded Robert de Beauchamp Vicomte d'Arques to arrest Guillaume, who was taken into "exile among foreigners" by Hélie and helped by Robert de Bellême[280]. Guillaume was eventually given refuge by Baudouin VII Count of Flanders "who fought resolutely on his behalf until he died"[281]. "Karolo et Wilhelmo nepotibus comitis" were named in the grant to Saint-Bertin of "Balduinus Roberti iunioris filius Flandrensium comes" dated 1119[282]. Guillaume continually challenged the authority of his uncle King Henry in Normandy, with support from Louis VI King of France and many rebel Norman barons. King Louis granted Pontoise, Chaumont, Mantes and the Vexin to Guillaume on his second marriage[283]. Guillaume also received the support of his father-in-law, who was indignant that King Henry had retained the dowry of his other daughter Alice, after her husband King Henry's son had been drowned in the Blanche Nef [White Ship] in 1120[284]. Following the assassination of Charles Count of Flanders, Louis VI King of France convened a meeting of Flemish barons at Arras where they elected Guillaume 21 Mar 1127 as GUILLAUME I "Clito" Count of Flanders, although he lacked any hereditary right. He was opposed by his uncle King Henry who bribed supporters in Gent and eastern Flanders. Lille rebelled against his authority 1 Aug 1127, followed by Saint-Omer 8 Feb 1128[285]. Guillaume's rival Thierry d'Alsace captured Lille, Furnes and Gent[286] and was recognised as Count of Flanders at Bruges 30 Mar 1128[287]. Guillaume besieged Aalst in Jul 1128, helped by Godefroi Duke of Lower Lotharingia, but was injured and died from his wounds[288]. The necrology of Saint-Nicaise de Meulan records the death "IV Kal Aug" of "Guillelmus comes Flandrensis filius Roberti ducis Normannie"[289]. m firstly (1123, annulled by papal bull 26 Aug 1124[290]%29 as her first husband, SIBYLLE d’Anjou, daughter of FOULQUES V Comte d’Anjou & his first wife Eremburge de Maine ([1112/16]-Bethany 1165, bur Bethany, Abbey of St Lazarus). She is named by Orderic Vitalis, who also names her father and specifies that he arranged her marriage as part of the support he gave to Guillaume de Normandie, on the suggestion of Amaury de Montfort, and that her dowry was the county of Maine[291]. According to Orderic Vitalis, King Henry broke off the marriage "making use of threats and pleas and an enormous quantity of gold and silver"[292]. Both passages in Orderic Vitalis refer only to a betrothal, but a marriage must have taken place otherwise a papal annulment would have been unnecessary. Her father supported her husband against his uncle Henry I King of England, indignant that the latter retained the dowry of his other daughter Alice, married to King Henry's son who had been drowned in the Blanche Nef [White Ship] in 1120[293]. Orderic Vitalis records Sibylle's second marriage[294], as does William of Tyre (who says that she was her father's older daughter)[295]. The Cartulaire de Saint-Bertin records the marriage of "Sibillam comitis Andegavensis filiam" with Thierry after the death of his first wife[296]. She married secondly (1134) as his second wife, Thierry de Lorraine Count of Flanders. She left France with her second husband in Jun 1147 on the Second Crusade[297]. She accompanied her husband to Palestine in 1157 but refused to return with him to Europe in 1158. She became a nun at the convent of St Lazarus at Bethany. After the death of her stepmother Mélisende Queen of Jerusalem in 1161, Ctss Sibylle assumed a position of influence among the royal family of Jerusalem[298]. The Annales Aquicinctini record the death in 1165 of "Sibbilla comitissa Flandrie apud Sanctum Lazarum"[299]. m (Jan 1127) GIOVANNA di Monferrato, daughter of RANIERI Marchese di Monferrato & his wife Gisèle de Bourgogne [Comt%C3%A9] ([1107]-1191). Orderic Vitalis names her parents and specifies that her marriage was arranged by her uterine half-sister, Adélaïde de Maurienne Queen of France, but does not give her own name[300]. Guillaume de Jumièges records that the Queen of France gave her sister in marriage to Guillaume[301]. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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William Clito's Timeline

October 25, 1102
Rouen (Seine-Maritime) France
August 1119
Age 16
Bremule, Normandie
July 28, 1128
Age 25
Alost, Flanders, in battle
Age 25
Saint-Berin Abbey, Saint-Omer, Alost, East Flanders, Belgium
June 8, 1936
Age 25
June 8, 1936
Age 25
June 8, 1936
Age 25