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Thursday, April 09, 2009

William X, Duke of Aquitaine

On this date in our family history . . . the 9th day of April . . . in the year 1137 . . . Duke / Count William X of Aquitaine dies while on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela . . . on his deathbed, he expresses his wish to see king Louis VI of France as protector of his fifteen-year-old daughter Eleanor . . . and to find her a suitable husband . . . Louis VI accepts this guardianship . . . and marries the heiress of Aquitaine to his own son, Louis VII . . . this William is believed to be a 23rd (et al) great-grandpa (via Eleanor) to our Josephine . . .

A short course of history Second Series ... IV. Greeks and Mahomentans. V. History of the Middle Ages ... By Havilland Le Mesurier Chepmell: "Text not available"

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