Person Page 26756
|Father||**Ebalus Manzer Bastard of Poitou4 b. 869, d. 934|
|Name Variation||William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou was also found as William III 5th Duke of Aquitaine.5|
|Name Variation||William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou was also found as Guillaime III of Aquitaine.6
|Birth||circa 915||William I (III) "Towhead" was born circa 9151 in Poitiers.|
|Birth||circa 925||To as late as circa 925.6
|Marriage||935||William I (III) "Towhead" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou married Gerloc of Normandy, daughter of Rollo the Dane 1st Duke of Normandy and Poppa de Valois, 935.1,2,7
|He was Count of Poitou, Auvergne, Velay, Limousin and Duke of Aquitaine.8
He claimed the Duchy of Aquitaine from his father's death, but the
royal chancery did not recognise his ducal title until the year before
his own death.
Shortly after the death of King Rudolph in 936, he was forced to forfeit some land to Hugh the Great by Louis IV. He did it with grace, but his relationship with Hugh thenceforward deteriorated. In 950, Hugh was reconciled with Louis and granted the duchies of Burgundy and Aquitaine. He tried to conquer Aquitaine with Louis's assistance, but William defeated them. Lothair, Louis's successor, feared the power of William. In August 955 he joined Hugh to besiege Poitiers, which resisted successfully. William, however, gave battle and was routed.
He was given the abbey of Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, which remained in his house after his death. He also built a library in the palace of Poitiers.
|Death||3 April 963||William I (III) "Towhead" died on 3 April 963. He is buried at St. Cyrien or St.Maixent in Poitiers, France.1,7,5,8,9|
|Family||**Gerloc of Normandy||b. circa 917, d. circa 14 October 962|
|Children||1.||**William II (IV) "Ironarm" Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou+ b. 937, d. 3 Feb 9951|
|2.||**Adelaide , of Aquataine+ b. 945, d. 15 Jun 10066,10|
|3.||**NN of Aquitaine+ b. c 95011|
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