William I, Count of Burgundy

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.

William I, Count of Burgundy
Imaginary 19th-century portrait in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean de Besançon
Died(1087-11-12)12 November 1087
BuriedBesançon Cathedral
Noble familyIvrea
Spouse(s)Stephanie (a.k.a. Etiennette)
FatherRenaud I, Count of Burgundy
MotherAlice of Normandy

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 (a.k.a. Etiennette).[1]

Children of Stephanie (order uncertain):


  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.
  2. The Crusade of 1101, James Lea Cate, A History of the Crusades: The First Hundred Years, ed.Kenneth Meyer Setton and M. W. Baldwin, (The University of Wisconsin Press, 1969), 364 note32.


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