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William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat

Male Abt 1115 - 1191  (~ 76 years)

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  1. 1.  William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat was born about 1115 (son of Rainier of Montferrat and Gisela of Burgundy); died in 1191 in Tyre.


    Also Guilhem, Gugliemo, Guillermo. Marquess of Montferrat.

    From Wikipedia:

    Dynastically, he was extremely well-connected: a nephew of Pope Callixtus II, a half-brother of Amadeus III of Savoy, a brother-in-law of Louis VI of France (through his half-sister Adelasia of Moriana), and cousin of Alfonso VII of Castile. [...] William and Judith's powerful dynastic connections created difficulties in finding suitable wives for his sons, however: too many potential spouses were related within prohibited degrees. In 1167, he unsuccessfully tried to negotiate marriages for his eldest sons to daughters of Henry II of England - but the girls were very young at the time and were related through Judith's descent from William V of Aquitaine. He then applied for sisters of William I of Scotland, who were not related, but were already married.


    William took part in the Second Crusade, alongside his half-brother Amadeus of Savoy (who died during the campaign), his nephew Louis VII of France, his brother-in-law Count Guido of Biandrate, and his wife's German and Austrian relatives.

    As supporters of the imperial party (later known as the Ghibellines), he and his sons fought [alongside] the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (Judith's nephew) in his lengthy struggle against the Lombard League. Following Barbarossa's capitulation with the Peace of Venice in 1177, William was left to deal with the rebellious towns in the area alone. Meanwhile, the Byzantine emperor Manuel I Komnenos sought support for his own politics in Italy.

    William broke with Barbarossa and formed an alliance with Manuel. His eldest surviving son, Conrad, was taken prisoner by Barbarossa's Chancellor, Archbishop Christian of Mainz, but then captured the chancellor in battle at Camerino. In 1179 Manuel suggested a marriage between his daughter Maria, second in line to the throne, and one of William's sons. As Conrad and Boniface were already married, the youngest son, Renier, was married off to the princess, who was ten years his senior. Renier and Maria were later killed during the usurpation of Andronikos, and the family rebuilt ties with Barbarossa.

    In 1183, with the accession of his grandson Baldwin V, a minor, as co-King of Jerusalem, William, then probably in his late sixties, left the government of Montferrat to Conrad and Boniface, and returned to the east. He was granted the castle of St. Elias (present-day Taybeh). He fought in the Battle of Hattin in 1187, where he was captured by Saladin's forces. In the meantime, his second son, Conrad, had arrived at Tyre from Constantinople. Conrad was given the command of the defences. During the siege of Tyre in November that year, he is said to have refused to surrender as much as a stone of its walls to liberate his father, even threatening to shoot him with a crossbow himself when Saladin had him presented as a hostage. Eventually, Saladin withdrew his army from Tyre. In 1188, William was released unharmed at Tortosa, and seems to have ended his days in Tyre, with his son. He probably died in the summer of 1191: Conrad last describes himself as "marchionis Montisferrati filius" in a charter of May that year.

    William married Judith of Babenberg before 28 Mar 1133. Judith (daughter of St. Leopold von Babenberg and Agnes of Germany) was born in 1115; died after 18 Oct 1168. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Azalaïs of Montferrat was born in 1150; died in 1232; was buried in Staffarda Abbey, Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.
    2. Boniface I was born about 1150; died in Sep 1207.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Rainier of Montferrat was born about 1084 (son of William IV of Montferrat and Otta di Aglié); died before 1137.


    Also called Renier. Margrave of Montferrat.

    Rainier married Gisela of Burgundy in 1105. Gisela (daughter of William I "The Great" of Burgundy and Stephanie) was born about 1070; died after 1133. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Gisela of Burgundy was born about 1070 (daughter of William I "The Great" of Burgundy and Stephanie); died after 1133.


    Marchioness of Montferrat.

    1. Joanna of Montferrat
    2. 1. William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat was born about 1115; died in 1191 in Tyre.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William IV of Montferrat was born between 1030 and 1035 (son of Otto II of Montferrat); died in 1100.


    Marquis of Montferrat.

    William married Otta di Aglié. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Otta di Aglié (daughter of Thibault di Aglié).
    1. 2. Rainier of Montferrat was born about 1084; died before 1137.

  3. 6.  William I "The Great" of Burgundy (son of Renaud I and Adélaïde of Normandy); died on 12 Nov 1087.


    Count of Burgundy and, from 1078, Count of Mâcon.

    Called "tête hardie", "the rash" or "the stubborn".

    William married Stephanie between 1049 and 1057. Stephanie died after 1092. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Stephanie died after 1092.


    The Wikipedia article about William I, Count of Burgundy, asserts (as of 29 Jun 2015) two wives for him, an "Etiennette de Longuy" that he married circa 1040 and a "Stephanie" that he married before his death in 1087. The article then lists one set of children for Stephanie and another set of "children of either Stephanie or Etiennette". This appears to be confused. [Note that as of 1 May 2016, Wikipedia's article appears to have been cleaned up and corrected.]

    According to Ancestral Roots, William had one wife, whom they identify as "Stephanie, parentage NN". They then note: "Prof. David H. Kelly believes her parentage unproven (2003). De Vajay, in Annales de Bourgogne vol. 32 (1960) 258-261, identifies Stephanie (Etiennette) as dau. of Clemence de Foix & Albert de Longwy, Duke of Lorraine, d. 1048. Clemence is identified as dau. of Bernard I Roger, Comte de Foix, d. 1035, & Garsinde de Bigorre; & Bernard as son of Roger I de Carcassonne & wife Adelaide. Moriarty, The Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, supplies pedigree charts for these families, but does not agree with de Vajay as to her identity. Garnier, Tableaux Généalogiques des Souverains de la France et de ses Grand Feudataires, table XXVIII, shows her as dau. of Raymond II, Count of Barcelona."

    1. Ermentrude of Burgundy died on 8 Mar 1105.
    2. Raymond of Burgundy was born about 1060; died on 26 Mar 1107; was buried in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.
    3. Stephen I of Burgundy was born in 1065; died in 1102 in Anatolia.
    4. Sibylla of Burgundy was born in 1065; died in 1101.
    5. Pope Callixtus II was born about 1065 in Burgundy, France; died on 13 Dec 1124 in Rome.
    6. 3. Gisela of Burgundy was born about 1070; died after 1133.
    7. Clementia of Burgundy was born about 1078; died about 1133.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Otto II of Montferrat was born about 1015 (son of William III of Montferrat and Waza); died on 20 Nov 1084.


    Marquis of Montferrat. His wife may have been Constance of Savoy, a daughter of Amadeus II, but this is unproven.

    1. 4. William IV of Montferrat was born between 1030 and 1035; died in 1100.

  2. 10.  Thibault di Aglié


    Also called Tebaldo di Agledo.

    1. 5. Otta di Aglié

  3. 12.  Renaud I (son of Otto-William of Burgundy and Ermentrude de Roucy); died in 1057.


    Count of Burgundy.

    Renaud married Adélaïde of Normandy before 2 Nov 1023. Adélaïde (daughter of Richard II and Judith of Brittany) died after 1074. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 13.  Adélaïde of Normandy (daughter of Richard II and Judith of Brittany); died after 1074.


    Sometimes called Judith. "As for Judith being the same person as Adelais, there is no reason to doubt this: she was recorded as Renaud's wife named Adelais in 1023, well before occurring with her mother's name Judith in 1037 (perhaps the alternative was used to distinguish her from her step-mother-in-law Adelais), and she was still living nearly two decades after Renaud's death." [Peter Stewart, citation details below.]

    1. 6. William I "The Great" of Burgundy died on 12 Nov 1087.