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Adelaide-Blanche of Anjou

Female 950 - 1026  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name Adelaide-Blanche of Anjou 
    Born Between 945 and 950  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 1026  Montmajour, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5496  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Foulques II "Le Bon",   d. 958 
    Mother Gerberge,   d. Bef Sep 958 
    Family ID F5800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Etienne de Brioude,   d. Between 970 and 975 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F4775  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Raymond de Toulouse,   d. Bef 982 
    Married Abt 975  [1
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F4952  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Louis V, King of Western Francia,   b. 966,   d. 21 May 987  (Age 21 years) 
    Married 982  Vieille-Brioude, Haute-Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Divorced 984  [1
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F5010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Guillaume I "le Liberateur",   b. 950,   d. Aft 29 Aug 993  (Age > 43 years) 
    Married Aft 984  [1
    Children 
    +1. Guillaume II,   b. Abt 985,   d. Bef 30 May 1018  (Age ~ 33 years)
    +2. Constance of Provence,   b. Between 985-990,   d. 25 Jul 1032, Château Melun, Seine-et-Marne, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F3011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Wife of four husbands, and the ancestress of important comital families through three of her marriages, Adélaïde, alias Blanche, was also briefly queen of France, and the mother of another French queen. Yet, in the early nineteenth century, scholars were still confused about her identity. Her story has to be pieced together from various records which, for example, mention an Alaiz, mother of count Pons de Gévaudan, or a Blanca, wife of Louis V, king of France, or an Adelaidis, cui prenomen erat Candida, mother of queen Constance, and only in hindsight is it clear that these records refer to the same woman. The discovery of the work of the historian Richer in the 1830's added a key piece to the puzzle by mentioning three of Adélaïde's marriages, but historians were slow to take advantage of the new information. Nevertheless, by the late nineteeth century, historians had accepted that Adélaïde, alias Blanche, daughter of Foulques II of Anjou, had been successively married to Étienne de Brioude (at the time often incorrectly called count of Gévaudan), king Louis V of France, and Guillaume I (or II) of Provence, and that she was the mother by the last of queen Constance, wife of king Robert II of France, although the marriage to Raymond of "Gothia" was still widely doubted. More recently, in the face of clear proof that Adélaïde was the mother of Guillaume "Taillefer", count of Toulouse, it has been recognized that her marriage to the obscure Raymond was genuine." [The Henry Project]

  • Sources 
    1. [S91] The Henry Project: The Ancestors of King Henry II of England, by Stewart Baldwin and Todd A. Farmerie.

    2. [S160] Wikipedia.