William I, Count of Burgundy

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William I, Count of Burgundy
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Imaginary 19th-century portrait in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean de Besançon

Etiennette de Longuy about 1040

Stephanie of Barcelona before 1087
Noble family House of Ivrea
Father Renaud I, Count of Burgundy
Mother Alice of Normandy
Born 1020
Died 12 November 1087(1087-11-12)
Buried Besançon Cathedral

William I (1020 – 12 November 1087), called the Great (le Grand or Tête Hardie, "the Stubborn"), was Count of Burgundy from 1057 to 1087 and Mâcon from 1078 to 1087. He was a son of Renaud I and Alice of Normandy, daughter of Richard II, Duke of Normandy. William was the father of several notable children, including Pope Callixtus II.

In 1057, he succeeded his father and reigned over a territory larger than that of the Franche-Comté itself. In 1087, he died in Besançon, Prince-Archbishopric of Besançon, Holy Roman Empire -- an independent city within the County of Burgundy. He was buried in Besançon's Cathedral of St John.

William married a woman named Stephanie before 1087.[1]

Children of Stephanie:

William married a woman named Etiennette de Longuy circa 1040

Other children of either Stephanie or Etiennette:

Preceded by
Renaud I
Count of Burgundy
Succeeded by
Reginald II
Preceded by
Guy II
Count of Mâcon


  1. ^ She was identified as the daughter of Adalbert, Duke of Lorraine in an article by Szabolcs de Vajay in Annales de Bourgogne, XXXII:247–267 (Oct–Dec 1960), but the author subsequently made an unqualified retraction of this claim in "Parlons encore d'Etiennette" in Prosopographica et Genealogica, vol. 3: Onomastique et Parenté dans l'Occident medieval, K. S. B. Keats-Rohan and C. Settipani, eds. (2000), pp. 2–6.