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William VII, Duke of Aquitaine
Duke of Aquitaine

William VII, Duke of Aquitaine

William VII, Duke of Aquitaine
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Intro Duke of Aquitaine
A.K.A. Guillem VII d'Aquitània, Guillaume VII, Duc d'Aquitaine
Was Noble Aristocrat
From France
Field Royals
Gender male
Birth 1023
Death 1058, Saumur, France (aged 35 years)
Mother: Agnes of Burgundy, Duchess of Aquitaine
Father: William V, Duke of Aquitaine
Siblings: Agnes of PoitouWilliam VIII, Duke of AquitaineOdo of GasconyWilliam VI, Duke of Aquitaine
Spouse: Ermesinde of Lotharingia
Children: Clementia of AquitaineAgnes of Aquitaine, Countess of Savoy
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William VII (born Peter, Pierre-Guillaume) (1023 – autumn 1058), called the Eagle (Aigret) or the Bold (le Hardi), was the duke of Aquitaine and count of Poitou (as William V) between 1039 and his death, following his half-brother Odo.

William was the third son of William V of Aquitaine, the eldest by his third wife, Agnes of Burgundy. He was brother-in-law of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry III, who married his sister Agnes. His mother remarried to Geoffrey Martel, Count of Anjou, during his reign. William won his patrimony in a war with his half-brother Odo, who was killed in battle at Mauzé. He did not, however, succeed in occupying Gascony.

Geoffrey Martel refused to concede to him the territories gained in the reigns of his predecessors. William set to work regaining his patrimony by force of arms. He was besieging Geoffrey in Saumur when he died of dysentery.

He was married to Ermesinde, of unknown origins. Two daughters have been hypothesized to be children of this couple:


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