William (Arles) d'Arles

Guillaume (Arles) d'Arles (abt. 0958 - abt. 0993)

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Guillaume (William) "Liberator" d'Arles formerly Arles aka de Toulouse, de Provence
Born about in Arles, Bouches du Rhone, Provence, Francemap
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Died about in Avignon, Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Aug 2016
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Count of Provence William II was born circa 0950 in Provence, France. He died at Avignon, France in 993, after August 29, while a monk there.

He was also known as Comte de Provence William d'Arles. He was successively Count of Avignon (962), Count of Provence (972), Marquis of Provence Arles (979) and Prince of all Provence (991).

Sometime before 976, William married Arsinde de Comminges, daughter of Count de Comminges Arnaud I (born c 908) and Arsinde de Carcassonne & Razes (born c 920). He and Arsinde had a daughter, Ermengarde of Provence (c 976). Arsinde died before 984.

William married secondly to Adelaide of Anjou. He and Adelaide had a son, Count of Provence William III (c 986) and a daughter, Constance of Provence (c 986).


His parentage has been subject to reevaluation. He has traditionally been called son of Raymond III Pons and Garsinda. However, recent research has revealed that William was instead son of Adelais of Anjou, known to have married a Raymond, "Prince of Gothia." This discovery has required a complete reevaluation of the succession to the County of Toulouse during this period, and no scholarly consensus has developed. (Ref: Wikipedia)

Some historians have suggested a single additional generation (referred to as Raymond III of Toulouse, his father Raymond Pons being stripped of an ordinal), while others follow the Codice de Roda in giving Raymond Pons a son Raymond who in turn had sons Hugh and Raymond. Identifying the last with the husband of Adelais inserts two generations, making William the great-grandson of Raymond Pons. Yet another reconstruction suggests that Raymond and Garsinda died childless, and that Toulouse passed to kinsman Raymond II of Rouergue, from whom the husband of Adelais would descend. See Martin de Framond, "La succession des comtes de Toulouse autour de l'an mil(940--1030): reconsidérations", Annales du Midi 204 (1993), pp 461--488; Thierry Stasser, "Adélaïde d'Anjou. Sa famille, ses mariages, sa descendance", Le Moyen Age 103,1 (1997): 9-52


Note: Stuart calls him Count of Provence and Arles and Marquis of Provence. Acccording to him, William died a monk at Avignon. Stuart's date for his birth is circa 955, and death 994.

His first wife was Arsinde, possibly the daughter of Arnold de Comminges. See Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/PROVENCE.htm#_Toc220666442.

His second wife was Blanche of Alix of Anjou. Lastly married Adelaide d'Anjou.


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On 2 Oct 2016 at 13:12 GMT C (Sälgö) S wrote:


On 27 Aug 2016 at 21:22 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

I think his LNAB also needs to be changed perhaps to Arles http://home.earthlink.net/~henryproject/hproject/prov/willi002.htm

On 14 May 2016 at 20:14 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

John, I do believe you're right. I've worked on the profiles and spouses/children. I think I've gotten them separated. Let me know if other work is needed. Thanks.

On 14 May 2016 at 08:55 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

It looks like this profile has become a mixture of Guillaume, Marquis of Provence see here http://home.earthlink.net/~henryproject/hproject/prov/willi002.htm and Guillaume III Comte de Toulouse.

On 5 Sep 2014 at 21:56 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

Provence-2 and Toulouse-168 appear to represent the same person because: Same father, different mother; same spouse. I'd say someone should look at and 'repair'!

On 1 May 2014 at 16:56 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Provence-2 and Toulouse-168 are not ready to be merged because: Dates and mothers need to be aligned.

On 1 May 2014 at 15:08 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Toulouse-168 and Provence-2 appear to represent the same person because: Mother is Constance

On 1 May 2014 at 15:05 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Toulouse-168 and Provence-2 appear to represent the same person because: Mother is Anjou-1

On 8 Mar 2013 at 13:01 GMT Roger Travis Jr. wrote:

Also in bio:


NOT Taillefer, despite the incorrect information that remains below as of this writing. Someday we'll clean this up--until then, see the linked page on FMG.

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