Adelaide av Anjou, född 940
i Anjou, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, Frankrike, död 1026
i Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Frankrike.
Grevinna av Provence 984-999.
Buried - Montmajour Abbey, Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Frankrike.
Spouses and children
Married in 955 to Étienne av GÈVAUDAN 920-970 with
M Pons av GÈVAUDAN 960-1016
Married in 975 to Raymond IV av TOULOUSE 935-978 with
M Guillaume III av TOULOUSE 975-1037
Married in 982, Vieille-Brioude, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, Frankrike, to Ludwig V av FRANKEN 967-987
Married in 984 to Guillaume I av PROVENCE 950-993 with
M Guillaume II av PROVENCE 985-1018
F Constance av ARLES 986-1032
Married in 1016 to Otte-Guillaume av BOURGOGNE 962-1026
Adelaide successfully increased Angevin fortunes, being married a total of five times. Her family had become upwardly mobile to
the point that, as a member of just the third generation from Ingelger, Adelaide-Blanche had married into the highest ranks of the
older nobility of western Francia.
Her first marriage was to Stephen, the powerful Count of Gévaudan and Forez in eastern Aquitaine. She was no more than fifteen
at the time and he was much older. Still, they had three children who survived to adulthood. When Stephen died, she ruled the
lands as regent for her sons William, Pons and Bertrand. She continued to govern Gevaudan and Forez while her remaining two
sons learned to rule their father's counties. Additionally, after her oldest son William's death in 975 she raised his infant son
Stephen. Her brother Guy (a.k.a. Guido II) was made Count-Bishop of le Puy in 975 amidst local opposition and at his request
Adelaide, acting for her sons Guy and Bertrand, led an army to aid him in establishing the "Peace of God" in le Puy.
In 982, as the widow of her second husband, Raymond, count of Toulouse, she wed Louis, son of King Lothair of France.The two
were crowned King and Queen of Aquitaine at Brioude by her brother Bishop Guy of le Puy. The marriage lasted just over a year
due to the couple being unable to peacefully live together. There was also a significant age difference—he being fifteen and
Adelaide-Blanche being over forty. Adelaide found herself in a precarious situation with King Lothair but was rescued by Count
William I of Provence whom she subsequently married in c.?984. Count William of Provence died in 994 shortly after becoming a
monk at Avignon.
In 1010 king Robert II of France along with Odo II, Count of Blois went to Rome to secure an annulment from Robert's second
wife, Constance of Arles, Adelaide-Blanche's daughter by William I. Pope Sergius IV, a friend to the Angevin counts, upheld the
marriage and additionally upheld Adelaide's struggle to maintain control of lands at Montmajour Abbey. These lands, at Perth, had
been donated by Count William I of Provence with his wife Adelaide-Blanche, as well as by a previous donation by William's
father, Boson. A dispute over these lands arose by four brothers, sons of Nevolongus, who pope Sergius threatened with
excommunication if they did not withdraw their claim. The claim was withdrawn and the lands remained under the control of
Adelaide-Blanche acting as regent for her son William II of Provence.
Her fifth marriage was to Otto-William, Count of Burgundy, who subsequently died 21 September 1026. Adelaide-Blanche herself
died in 1026, aged approximately eighty-six. The location of her death was probably at Avignon, since the year of her death is
recorded by Arnoux, a monk of the abbey of Saint-André, near Avignon. She was buried in Montmajour Abbey, near Arles,
considered at the time as the burial place of the family of counts of Provence.
Guillaume I av Provence, född 950
i Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Frankrike, död 993-04-29
i Avignon, Provence, Frankrike. Greve av Provence 968-993.
Buried - Saint-Croix, Sarrians, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Frankrike.
Constance av Arles, född 986, död 1032-07-28