William II, Duke of Aquitaine

William II of Aquitaine, called the Younger (French: Guillaume II le Jeune, † December 12 926 ) was from 918 until his death a Count of Auvergne and Duke of Aquitaine from the family of Belloniden. He was the eldest son of the Earl Acfred I of Carcassonne and of Adelinde.

Wilhelm joined the legacy of his maternal uncle Duke William I the Pious of Aquitaine, while his paternal inheritance to the counties of Carcassonne and Razès went to his cousin Bencion.


William the Younger was first mentioned as a witness in the founding charter of the Benedictine abbey of Cluny on 11 September 910. Like his uncle, he was a partisan of King Charles the Simple, from which it was 919 also recognized as " the Duke of Aquitaine ." But that he was also in opposition to the Robertinern to the Margrave and Robert Duke Rudolph of Burgundy.

After Rudolf had 923 usurped the royal throne, he allied himself with the Count Raymond Pons of Toulouse, against William. 924 the king invaded Aquitaine and William was able to hold only with extreme effort against him. But after the Hungarians invaded the West Frankish kingdom came to an understanding in the William the king recognized him for what the Berry was left in return. However, the "Gothic Mark " ( Septimania ) went to the rival Raimundiner lost, just as the Lyonnais Hugh of Arles and the Maconnais Hugo blacks.

William II of Aquitaine was the first West Frankish / French prince, who, until then exclusively claimed the royal right to strike coins for themselves, even before the dukes of Francia from the family of Robertiner.

Because He was survived by no children, his brother Acfred followed him.