Name: *William III Taillefer of Toulouse
Name: Guillaume III Taillefer
Name: William Taillefer
Birth: ABT 965 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
Death: SEP 1037 1
Occupation: BET 978 AND 1037 Count of Toulouse 1
Occupation: Count of Albi and Quercy 1
Occupation: Count of Toulouse 2
William III Taillefer (also spelled Tallefer or Tallifer; 947 or 975 ? Sep tember 1037) was the Count of Toulouse, Albi, and Quercy from 972 or 9 78 to his death. He was the first of the Toulousain branch of his fami ly to bear the title marchio, which he inherited (c.975) from Raymo nd II of Rouergue.
His parentage is obscure. He may have been the son of Raymond Pons and Gar sinda or of Raymond (IV) and Adelais of Anjou. Depending on his parentag e, his birth date was either around 947 or 975 and he succeeded either h is father or his brother, Raymond III.
He and his vassals were notorious usurpers of church property. He stole fr om the abbey of LÚzat, but gave it back between 1015 and 1025. Pope John X IX ordered him to stop his vassals from taking the lands of Moissac, a pro blem later remedied by his successor, Pons, who gave Moissac to Cluny.
William became the most powerful prince in western Languedoc and he saw t he rise of the Capetian dynasty in France and a corresponding decrea se in royal authority recognised in the south. He bore the title of march io prefatus in pago Tholosano: "prefect margrave in the Toulousain country ." His influence extended into the Narbonensis and even Provence, on beha lf of his wife. His power did not remain undiminished in his own city of T oulouse, where he was forced by a council of local noblemen and cleri cs to give up dues imposed on the market there.
Before 992, William married Emma, daughter of Rotbold III of Provence. Fr om her he gained titles and lands to Provence. From a prior marriage, he h ad two sons, Raymond and Hugh, who died young. His eldest son by Emma, Pon s, inherited Toulouse and the title of Margrave of Provence. His second s on Bertrand became Count of Forcalquier, a Provenšal fief. He had two daug hter: Rangard, by Emma, married Peter Raymond of Carcassonne, and Emma, il legitimate, married Otto Raymond of L'Isle-Jourdain.
Father: *Raymond IV of Toulouse
Mother: *Adelaide of Anjou b: ABT 947 in Anjou, Maine-Et-Loire, France
Arsende of Anjou b: ABT 958 in Anjou, Maine-Et-Loire, France
- Emma of Toulouse b: in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
*Emma of Provence b: ABT 975 in Toulouse, France
- Rangard of Toulouse b: in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
- *Pons III of Toulouse b: ABT 991 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
- Ildegarda Elisa of Toulouse b: ABT 1015 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France
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