Person Page 26655
|Father||**William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou3 b. circa 915, d. 3 April 963|
|Mother||**Gerloc of Normandy3 b. circa 917, d. circa 14 October 962|
|Name Variation||William II (IV) "Ironarm" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou was also found as William II Fierabras Count of Poitou.1
|Birth||937||William II (IV) "Ironarm" was born in 937 at Poitou, France.4,5
|Poitou is a historical region of west-central
France bordering on the Bay of Biscay. A part of the Roman province of
Aquitania, it fell to the Visigoths (A.D. 418) and the Franks (507) and
was frequently contested by France and England until the end of the
Hundred Years' War, when it was incorporated into the French crown
lands. Aquitaine is considered to be an area of Southwest France
bordered by the Pyrenes mountains and the Garonne River.6
|Marriage||circa 968||William II (IV) "Ironarm" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou married Emma of Blois, daughter of Theobald I "le Trecheur" of Blois and Luitgarde de Vermandois, circa 968.4,5
Their marriage was stormy, in part because of William's
indulgence in the pursuit of women and, a hunting aficionado, wild
animals. She banished his paramours, they separated twice for long
periods, and finally he retired to a monastery, as his father had done,
leaving Emma to rule Aquitaine in the name of their son William until
1004. Their second son, Ebles, died sometime after 997.
His early reign was characterised by many wars. He fought frequently against the counts of Anjou, the first time against Geoffrey Greymantle, who had taken Loudun.
In 988, he went to war with the newly-elected king of France, Hugh Capet, (who was married to a sister of William's) whom he refused to recognise. Capet had been granted Aquitaine by King Lothair before the latter had been reconciled to William's father. Capet renewed his claim on the great duchy and invaded it that year. A royal army was defeated on the plain of the Loire Valley. William sheltered the young Louis, the son of Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine, the last legitimate Carolingian heir. He opened the palace of Poitiers to him and treated him as royalty, regarding him as the true heir to the French throne.
|993||Abdicated his title in 993.1
|Death||3 February 995||William II (IV) "Ironarm" died on 3 February 995 in a monastery.4,5,7|
|Family||**Emma of Blois||b. circa 950, d. after 27 December 1003|
|Child||1.||**Duke William III/V The Great of Aquitaine+ b. 968, d. 31 Jan 10304|
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