William III, Duke of Aquitaine

Wilhelm Werghaupt (Latin caput stupe, French Tête d' ETOUPE; * 900, † April 3 963) was when William III. Duke of Aquitaine and Count William I of Poitou, Auvergne Limoges and from the family of Ramnulfiden.


William was the eldest son of Ebalus Mancer, whom he succeeded after his death in 934 in Poitou. William was an enemy of the Robertiner, whose leader Hugo Magnus seized 936 Poitiers. Taking advantage of the conflict with Hugo's King Louis IV the Overseas Wilhelm could recapture the city 938. 942 he was appointed by the King to lay abbot of the Abbey of St. Hilaire, which remained in the family ever since.

His vorrangigsten struggle led Wilhelm against Count Raymond Pons of Toulouse, who gave him dominion over the Auvergne dispute. After the death of King Louis IV ( 954) but did homage to him the nobility of Auvergne, 955 he gained control of the county Limoges. However, his position as Duke of Aquitaine was controversial: on the one hand, by the Counts of Toulouse, which were awarded 935 the Duchy of King Rudolf, and especially by Hugo Magnus, who made ​​his dominating influence on King Lothar claims and extending from Aquitanian with the Duchy could borrow. 955 drew Hugo Magnus with a royal army before Poitiers and struck William in a field battle. Poitiers but was successfully defended. 956 Hugo Magnus died and although his son Hugh Capet took up his father's policy, the reign of William of Aquitaine should not be compromised. Only now he was the undisputed " Duke of Aquitanians ".

Shortly before his death William became a monk at the Abbey of Saint- Cyprien, where he was also buried.

William was married for 935 with Gerloc -Adele ( † after 969 ), a daughter of the Norman Earl Rollo. They had two children:

  • William Iron Arm (* 937, † 995/996 ), Count of Poitou ( Wilhelm II ) and Duke of Aquitaine ( William IV )
  • Adelheid ( Aelis ) (* probably 950; † 1004) ∞ in the summer of 968 with Hugh Capet, Duke of Franzien and from 987 King of France