William I, Count of Burgundy

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William I
Died(1087-11-12)12 November 1087
BuriedBesançon Cathedral
Noble familyIvrea
Spouse(s)Stephanie [fr] (a.k.a. Etiennette)
IssueRenaud II, Count of Burgundy
Stephen I, Count of Burgundy
Raymond of Burgundy
Sybilla of Burgundy
Gisela of Burgundy
Clementia of Burgundy
Guy of Vienne
FatherRenaud I, Count of Burgundy
MotherAlice of Normandy

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 Reginald I, Count of Burgundy and Alice of Normandy, daughter of Richard II, Duke of Normandy.[1] William was the father of several notable children, including Pope Callixtus II.

In 1057, William 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 [fr] (a.k.a. Etiennette).[2]

Children of Stephanie (order uncertain):


  1. ^ Keats-Rohan 1993, p. 43.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c d Cate 1969, p. 364.
  4. ^ a b Stroll 2004, p. 9.
  5. ^ a b c d Stroll 2004, p. 8.
  6. ^ Bouchard 1987, p. 146, 273.


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Regnal titles
Preceded by Count of Burgundy
Succeeded by
Preceded by Count of Mâcon