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William IX of Aquitaine

Male 1071 - 1126  (54 years)

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  • Name William IX of Aquitaine 
    Birth 22 Oct 1071  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Death 10 Feb 1126  [1
    Alternate death 10 Feb 1127  [2, 3
    Person ID I211  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of EK, Ancestor of JMF, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LD, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of LMW, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of UKL, Ancestor of WPF, Ancestor of XYZ
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2023 

    Father Guy-Geoffrey of Poitou,   b. Abt 1024   d. 25 Sep 1086, Chizé, Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Hildegarde of Burgundy,   b. Abt 1050   d. Aft 1104 (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Marriage 1069  [2
    Family ID F3924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dangereuse,   b. Abt 1079   d. Aft 1119 (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Family ID F5141  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2017 

    Family 2 Philippa of Toulouse   d. 28 Nov 1117 
    Marriage 1094  [1, 2
    +1. William X of Aquitaine,   b. 1099   d. 26 Mar 1136, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 37 years)
    +2. Agnes of Aquitaine,   b. Abt 1105   d. Abt 1159 (Age ~ 54 years)
    Family ID F4013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2015 

  • Notes 
    • Also called Guilhèm de Peitieus; Guillaume de Poitiers. Duke of Aquitaine; also, as William VII, Count of Poitou. A leader of the Crusade of 1101, he is much more famous as the first troubador poet whose work has survived.

      "Ab la dolcher del temps novel"
      By William IX, Duke of Aquitaine

      Out of the sweetness of the spring,
      The branches leaf, the small birds sing,
      Each one chanting in its own speech,
      Forming the verse of its new song,
      Then is it good a man should reach
      For that for which he most does long.

      From finest sweetest place I see
      No messenger, no word for me,
      So my heart can't laugh or rest,
      And I don't dare try my hand,
      Until I know, and can attest,
      That all things are as I demand.

      This love of ours it seems to be
      Like a twig on a hawthorn tree
      That on the tree trembles there
      All night, in rain and frost it grieves,
      Till morning, when the rays appear
      Among the branches and the leaves.

      So the memory of that dawn to me
      When we ended our hostility,
      And a most precious gift she gave,
      Her loving friendship and her ring:
      Let me live long enough, I pray,
      Beneath her cloak my hand to bring.

      I've no fear that tongues too free
      Might part me from Sweet Company,
      I know with words how they can stray
      In gossip, yet that's a fact of life:
      No matter if others boast of love,
      We have the loaf, we have the knife!

      Translated by A. S. Kline. © 2009; All Rights Reserved. This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose.

      "For any of the later Provençals, i.e., the high-brows, we have to...'put ourselves into the Twelfth Century' etc. Guillaume, writing a century earlier, is just as much of our age as of his own."
      [Ezra Pound, The Spirit of Romance]

      And Poictiers, you know, Guillaume Poictiers,
      had brought the song up out of Spain
      with the singers and viels...
      [Ezra Pound, Canto VIII]

      He is also remembered for his specularly public affair with a woman named Dangereuse, the wife of his vassal Aimery I of Châtellerault. Aside from its interest as pure medieval melodrama, he was the paternal grandfather of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Dangereuse was Eleanor's maternal grandmother.

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    2. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    3. [S160] Wikipedia.