Guillaume aux Blanches Mains

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Guillaume de Blois (1135–1202), called Guillaume aux Blanches Mains (William Whitehands), or Guillaume de Champagne, was a French Cardinal.

He was born in Brosse, Île-de-France, France. He was bishop of Chartres in 1165, archbishop of Sens (1169–1176), archbishop of Reims (1175–1202), and first Peer of France to bear that title.

He was a son of Theobald the Great, count of Blois and count of Champagne, and Matilda of Carinthia. Pope Alexander III created him Cardinal Priest of Santa Sabina in March 1179; as such, he signed the papal bulls between 8 April 1179 and 23 December 1201. He died on 7 Sep 1202.

He anointed his nephew, Philip Augustus, as co-king on 1 November 1179 in Rheims.

Guillaume was portrayed by actor Liam O'Callaghan in the 1978 BBC TV drama series The Devil's Crown.


Ludwig Falkenstein, “Guillaume aux Blanches Mains, archevêque de Reims et légat du siège apostolique (1176–1202),” Revue d’histoire de l’Église de France, XCI, 2005, pp. 5-25.

____. “Wilhelm vom Champagne, Elekt von Chartres (1164-1168), Erzbischof von Sens (1168/69-1176), Erzbischof von Reims (1176-1202), Legat des apostolischen Stuhles, im Spiegel papstlicher Schreiben und Privilegien,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Kanonistische Abteilung, CXX, 2003, pp. 107-284. *[1]

Dietrich Lohrmann, Papsturkunden in Frankreich. Neue Folge. 7. Bd. Nördliche Ile-de-France und Vermandois. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1976. (Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen. Philologisch-historische Klasse; 3. Folge, Nr. 95).

Jules Mathorez, “Guillaume aux Blanches-Mains, évêque de Chartres,” Archives du diocese de Chartres, Pièces detaches, Etudes et documents, XX, 1914, pp. 187-340.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Henry of France
Archbishop of Reims
Succeeded by
Guy Paré