Guillaume I DE BELLESME Compte De Bellesme et d'Alençon
- Born: 960, Bellesme, Percical, France
- Marriage (1): Mathilde DE CONDE SUR NOIREAU
- Partnership (2): Unknown
- Died: 1028, Alençon, Normandy, France aged 68
Extract from "Records of the Ashe Family" by Waller Ashe (1876)
Ivres, Seigneur de Bellesme, and his wife Godehilde, flourished about 950. He died in 995. His son, Guillaume I, Compte de Bellesme and d'Alençon, succeeded in 995 and, in the year 1020, built the Chateau d'Essaye in Alençon (insert: the ruins of which can still be seen in the small town of Essai in Normandy). He conferred this Chateau, with its Seigneurie upon his second son, Mathelin de Bellesme, thereafter known as Mathelin d'Essaye, and the founder of the House of that name.
Extract from "Géographie du Perche et Chronologie de ses Comtés" by the Vicomte de Romanet (1890-1902)
Tableau de la Maison de Bellême, ou familles des premiers seigneurs de Bellême, Alençon, Château-Gontier, Château-Renaut, etc.
Guillaume Ier, seigneur de Bellême et d'Alençon, 997; d. 1028 et probablement du Sonnois; épouse Mahaut, dont:
(a) Guérin, seigneur de Domfront, dont:
(i) Adèle; épouse Rotrou II, comte de Mortangne, 1039; d. 1079.
(b) Robert, seigneur de Bellême et d'Alençon 1028, tué à Ballon 1033.
(c) Guillaume II - Talvas, seigneur de Bellême et d'Alençon, 1033; d. 1050; épouse Hildebourge, fille d'Arnoul B. N., fille de vicompte de Beaumont, dont:
(i) Robert; d. vers 1035.
(ii) Mabile, dame de Bellême et d'Alençon, 1070; d. 1082; épouse Roger de Montgommery, vte d'Exmes, 1048; d. 1094.
Extract from "Dictionnaire de la Noblesse: Tome II" by François-Alexandre Aubert de la Chesnaye des Bois (1771)
BELLEME & CHATEAU-GONTIER
1. Guillaume I, fils de Ives de Belleme, Comte de Belleme et d'Alençon, et Godechilde, eut de Mathilde, son épouse, trois fils:
1. Robert, Comte d'Alençon et de Belleme, surnommé Talvas, épousa une Dame nommée Hildeburge, de laquelle il eut:
1. Arnoul, mort jeune.
2. Mabille, Comtesse de Belleme, d'Alençon, et de Séez, femme de Roger, Seigneur de Montgommery.
Translation: Ives of Belleme, count of Belleme and Alençon, one of the biggest and the richest lords of his time, married a Lady named Godechilde, and had three sons and two daughters:
Guillaume I, son of Ives de Belleme, Comte de Belleme et d'Alençon, had, with Mathilde, his wife, three sons:
1. Robert, count of Alençon and of Belleme, died without issue.
2. Guillaume, de Belleme, surnamed Talvas, married a Lady named Hildeburge, by whom he had:
(a) Arnoul, died young.
(b) Mabille, countess de Belleme, of Alençon, and Séez, wife of Roger, lord of Montgommery.
3. Ives, Count of Belleme, Bishop of Séez.
Extract from "Dictionnaire Géographique, Historiques et Politique des Gaules et de la France: Tome Second" by M. L'Abbé Expilly (1764)
Revenons au bourg d'Essay. Le château de ce lieu étoit flanqué de bonnes tours, et défendu du côté du nord et du couchant, par un grand étang, d'où fort ub ruiffeau qui fait moudre un moulin. C'est vraisemblablement Guillaume de Bellesme I du nom, le plus anciens des Seigneurs de ce bourg, dont on ait connaissance, qui fit bâtir ce chateau au commencement du onzieme siecle.
Matselin, or Mathelin d'Essay, dont il est fait mention dans l'histoire du Perche, page 103, approuva avec Bertha sa femme et ses fils, pour dix livres mansais, la donation de soixante acres de terre labourable et de deux acres de pré, faite sous son fief, par Jean Burnet, à l'Abbaye de Saint Martin de Séez.
Translation: Let us return to the market town of Essay. The castle of this place was flanked by good towers, and defended on the north and west sides by a large pond, where a grinding mill operates. It is probably William de Bellesme I of the name, the most ancient of the Lords of this market town, of whom we know, that built this chateau at the beginning of the 11th century.
Matselin, or Mathelin d' Essay, of whom he is spoken in the history of Perche, page 103, approved with Bertha his wife and his sons, for ten books, the donation of sixty acres of arable land and two acres of meadow, made under his fief, by Jean Burnet, to the Abbey of Saint Martin of Séez.
Extract from "The Dukes of Normandy, from the time of Rollo to the Expulsion of King John by Philip Augustus of France" by Jonathan Duncan (1839)
Robert I, 6th Duke of Normandy, following the examples of his ancestors, convened the great vassals of his duchy, to do homage and fealty, and take the usual oath of fidelity. All obeyed this summons, with the exception of William de Bellesme, Earl of Alençon. The duke, highly indignant at this insult, invaded the territories of his refractory vassal, and besieged his capital: he was quickly reduced to submission, and compelled to solicit his pardon with the saddle of a horse on his back. After he had undergone this degrading punishment, the duke gave him back his province. But he only rewarded ingratitude; for the earl with his four sons, Guerin, Fulk, Robert, and William Talvas, soon found a pretext for ravaging Normandy. The Viscount of Cotentin marched against them, and curbed the audacity of these marauders. Fulk was slain on the field of battle; and Robert, severely wounded, escaped with difficulty from being made prisoner. When this intelligence reached the Earl of Alençon, broken down with age and infirmity, it so powerfully affected his feelings, that he sank under the weight of his misfortunes. He was succeeded by his son, Robert de Bellesme, who continued the war against Normandy; but he was soon captured and put to death in prison by the sons of Walter-de-Sardène, whose father he had strangled.
Extract from Find A Grave
Name: Guillaume De Belleme I
Birth: unknown in Alencon, France
Death: 1028 in Alencon, France
Notes: Son of Gordeschilda and Ives de Crail, Count of Belleme at Alencon, France. (then was Creil, Beauvoisie, Normandy). Guillaume I married Matilda. Father of Guillaume II.
Parents: Yves De Creil (____ - 997) and Gordeschilda De Belleme De Creil (930 - 1047)
Son: Guillaume II Talvas de Belleme (966 - 1048)
Guillaume married Mathilde DE CONDE SUR NOIREAU. (Mathilde DE CONDE SUR NOIREAU was born in 970.)
Guillaume had a relationship with Unknown.