On this day 890 years ago—10 February 1127, William IX of Aquitaine died in Poitiers, France. He was my 27th great-grandfather through his son William X of Aquitaine and my two-times 29th great-grandfather through his daughter Agnes of Aquitaine.
William IX is best known as the earliest troubadour whose work has survived to modern-day (as evidenced by the video below). William IX’s songs are boisterous, amorous, humorous, sometimes coarse or raunchy, and full of courtly love.
On this date, 8 February, in the year 1250, three of my kin fought in the Battle of Al-Manṣūrah, a key battle of the Seventh Crusade. These ancestors were Louis IX of France (my two-times 24th great-grandfather), Robert I of Artois (my 24th great-grandfather), and William Longespée (my 23rd great-grandfather).
Louis IX of France
Louis IX, born on 25 April 1214, was the eldest son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile.
On 27 May 1234, Louis married Margaret of Provence. Together, they had eleven children:
- Blanche, born 1240, died in infancy
- Isabella, born 2 March 1241
- Louis, born circa 23 September 1243
- Philip III, born 1 May 1245 (my two-times 23rd great-grandfather, through his son Phillip IV and through his daughter Margaret)
- John, born circa 1246, died in infancy.
- John Tristan, born 8 April 1250 – 3 August 1270), married Yolande of Burgundy
- Peter I, born 1251
- Blanche, born early 1253
- Margaret, born early 1255
- Rober, born 1256
- Agnes, born 1260
Categories: Famous Faces and Places, On This Day, Royal Roots, Watts-Stark Line
Tags: ancestry, Crusades, English history, family history, family tree, French history, genealogy, Knights Templar, lineage
My spouse’s grandmother was a Spangler. From the Bavarian region of Germany, Spangler (Spengler) was an occupational name for a maker of buckles, a derivative of a diminutive form of Middle High German spange, meaning clasp or buckle. My spouse’s family spans back to the 12th century to George, the earliest known Spangler (Spengler).