Guillaume av Gellone, född 755
i Autun, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, Frankrike, död 812-05-28
i Lodève, Hérault, Occitanie, Frankrike.
Hertig av Toulouse 790-811.
Buried in 812 - Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Hérault, Occitanie, Frankrike.
Spouses and children:
Married in 779 to Cunigunde av AUSTRASIA 760-835 with
M Héribert av LAON 780-843
M Gaucelm av ROUSSILLON 786-834
M Bernard av SEPTIMANIA 788-844
Relationship in 794 with Guitburgi av HERBAUGES 765-820 with
F Rodlinde av GELLONE 796-843
Saint William of Gellone, also known as William of Aquitaine, was the second Duke of Toulouse from 790 until his replacement
in 811. In 804, he founded the abbey of Gellone. He was canonized a saint in 1066 by Pope Alexander II.
In the tenth or eleventh century, a Latin hagiography, the Vita sancti Willelmi, was composed possibly based on oral traditions. By
the twelfth century, William's legend had grown. He is the hero of an entire cycle of chansons de geste, the earliest of which is the
Chanson de Guillaume of about 1140. In the chansons, he is nicknamed Fièrebrace (proud of his arm) on account of his strength
and the marquis au court nez (margrave with the short nose) on account of an injury suffered in battle with a giant.
William was born in northern France in the mid-8th century. He was a cousin of Charlemagne (his mother Aldana was daughter of
Charles Martel) and the son of Thierry IV, Count of Autun. As a kinsman and trusted comes, he spent his youth in the court of
Charlemagne. In 788, Chorso, Count of Toulouse, was captured by the Basque Adalric, and made to swear an oath of allegiance to
the Duke of Gascony, Lupus II. Upon his release Charlemagne replaced him with his Frankish cousin William (790). William in
turn successfully subdued the Gascons.
In 793, Hisham I, the successor of Abd ar-Rahman I, proclaimed a holy war against the Christians to the north. He amassed an
army of 100,000 men, half of which attacked the Kingdom of Asturias while the other half invaded Languedoc, penetrating as far
as Narbonne. William met this force and defeated them. He met the Muslim forces again near the river Orbieu at Villedaigne but
was defeated, though his obstinate resistance exhausted the Muslim forces so much that they retreated to Spain. In 801, William
commanded along with Louis King of Aquitaine a large expedition of Franks, Burgundians, Provençals, Aquitanians, Gascons
(Basques) and Goths that captured Barcelona from the Ummayads.
In 804, he founded the abbey in Gellone (now Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert) near Lodève in the diocese of Maguelonne. He granted
property to Gellone and placed the monastery under the general control of Benedict of Aniane, whose monastery was nearby.
Among his gifts to the abbey he founded was a piece of the True Cross, a present from his cousin Charlemagne. Charlemagne had
received the relic from the Patriarch of Jerusalem according to the Vita of William.
In 806, William retired to Gellone as a monk and eventually died there on 28 May 812 (or 814). When he died, it was said the
bells at Orange rang on their own accord. William mentioned both his family and monastery in his will: His will of 28 January
804, names his living wives Gunegunde and Guitburgi, his deceased parents, Teuderico (Theodoric / Thierry IV) and Aldana van
Martel (daughter of Charles Martel), two brothers, Teudoino and Adalelmo, two sisters, Abbana and Bertana, four sons, Barnardo,
Guitcario, Gotcelmo, and Helmbruc, not his daughter Waldrada, or daughter Rotlinde, and one nephew, Bertrano. His wife
Guitburgi is said to have been the widow of the Moorish wali of Orange taken by William in his battles against the Umayyad army
of Hisham I in and around the county of Narbona about 793-796. His son Barnardo is said to have been by Guitburgi. Her name
before her baptism was Orable. It is not clear if she married William or was held in concubinage, although he calls her his wife in
Gellone remained under the control of the abbots of Aniane. It became a subject of contention however as the reputation of William
grew. So many pilgrims were attracted to Gellone that his corpse was exhumed from the modest site in the narthex and given a
more prominent place under the choir, to the intense dissatisfaction of the Abbey of Aniane. A number of forged documents and
assertions were produced on each side that leave details of actual history doubtful. The Abbey was a major stop for pilgrims on
their way to Santiago de Compostela. Its late 12th century Romanesque cloister, systematically dismantled during the French
revolution, found its way to The Cloisters in New York. The Sacramentary of Gellone, dating to the late 8th century, is a famous
William's faithful service to Charlemagne is portrayed as an example of feudal loyalty. William's career battling Saracens is sung
in epic poems in the 12th and 13th century cycle called La Geste de Garin de Monglane, some two dozen chansons de geste that
actually center around William, the great-grandson of the largely legendary Garin. One section of the cycle, however, is devoted to
the feats of his father, there named Aymeri de Narbonne, who has received Narbonne as his seigniory after his return from Spain
with Charlemagne. Details of the "Aymeri" of the poem are conflated with a later historic figure who was truly the viscount of
Narbonne from 1108 to 1134. In the chanson he is awarded Ermengart, daughter of Didier, and sister of Boniface, king of the
Lombards. Among his seven sons and five daughters (one of whom marries Louis the Pious) is William.
The defeat of the Moors at Orange was given legendary treatment in the 12th century epic La Prise d'Orange. There, he was made
Count of Toulouse in the stead of the disgraced Chorso, then King of Aquitaine in 778. He is difficult to separate from the legends
and poems that gave him feats of arms, lineage and titles: Guillaume Fièrebras, Guillaum au Court-Nez (broken in a battle with a
giant), Guillaum de Narbonne, Guillaume d'Orange. His wife is said to have been a converted Saracen, Orable later christened
Cunigunde av Austrasia, född 760
i Metz-Robert, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, Frankrike, död 835-06-19
i Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Occitanie, Frankrike.
Héribert av Laon, född 780, död 843