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Gauthier III de Brienne

Male Abt 1165 - 1205  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name Gauthier III de Brienne 
    Born Abt 1165  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1205  Sarno, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Church of St. Maria della Foce, Sarno, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I28864  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2020 

    Father Erard II de Brienne,   d. 1191 
    Mother Agnès 
    Family ID F10539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elvira de Lecce,   d. Aft 1216 
    Married 1200  Melun, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Gauthier IV de Brienne,   b. 1205,   d. Between 1247 and 1251, Cairo, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F17195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Prince of Tarente, Count of Brienne, Duke of Apulia, Count of Lecce, and titular King of Sicily 1201-1205.

      "In 1200 Gauthier married the sister and heiress of the deposed King Guglielmo III of Sicily. Her precise name is unclear but has been given variously as Elvira or Albinia, but also as Maria, Albiria and Blanche. At the time of their marriage, she and her family were exiles in France, trying to find allies to reclaim the kingdom of Sicily from the young King Fadrique (the future Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor, son of Heinrich VI, who deposed Guglielmo, had him blinded and castrated, and took him to Germany where he died). As her husband, Gauthier was recognised by Pope Innocent III as prince of Taranto, duke of Apulia, and count of Lecce. After the Battle of Agnella in 1201, he took the title of King of Sicily. In 1204 he was besieged in the fortress of Terracino by Diepold von Vohburg and lost an eye to an arrow, but he broke the siege and put Diepold to flight. On 11 June 1205 he was ambushed by Diepold while besieging him at Sarno, and was mortally wounded. Gauthier died imprisoned by the Germans on 14 June 1205, and was buried at the church of St. Maria della Foce in Sarno. Later in 1205 Gauthier's widow gave birth to his son Gauthier, who became known as Gauthier IV 'le Grand' de Brienne, comte de Brienne, count of Jaffa; he received only the county of Brienne, his Sicilian inheritance having been confiscated because of his father's rebellion." [Leo van de Pas, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.