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Count of Toulouse

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The Count of Toulouse was the ruler of Toulouse during the 8th to 13th centuries Originating as vassals of the Frankish kings,1 the hereditary counts ruled the city of Toulouse and its surrounding county from the late 9th century until 1270 The counts and other family members were also at various times counts of Quercy, Rouergue, Albi, and Nîmes, and sometimes margraves military defenders of the Holy Roman Empire of Septimania and Provence Count Raymond IV founded the Crusader state of Tripoli, and his descendants were also counts there2 They reached the zenith of their power during the 11th and 12th centuries, but after the Albigensian Crusade the county fell to the kingdom of France, nominally in 1229 and de facto in 1271


  • 1 History
    • 11 Carolingian era
    • 12 High Middle Ages
    • 13 Within the kingdom of France
  • 2 List of counts of Toulouse
    • 21 Carolingian era
    • 22 House of Rouergue
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Notes


Carolingian eraedit

Main article: History of Toulouse § 768–877: Carolingian Franks and the Kingdom of Aquitaine

During the youth of young Louis the Pious his tutor, Torson sometimes Chorso or Choson, ruled at Toulouse as the first count In 788, Count Torson was captured by the Basques under Adalric, who made him swear an oath of allegiance to the Duke of Gascony, Lupus II Upon his release, Charlemagne, at the Council of Worms 790, replaced him with his Frankish cousin, William of Gellone William in turn successfully subdued the Gascons

In the ninth century, Toulouse suffered in common with the rest of western Europe It was besieged by Charles the Bald in 844, and taken four years later by the Normans, who had sailed up the Garonne About 852, Raymond I, count of Quercy, succeeded his brother Fredelo as Count of Rouergue and Toulouse It is from Raymond that all the later counts of Toulouse document their descent His grandchildren divided their parents' estates; of these Raymond II became count of Toulouse, and Ermengol, count of Rouergue; while the hereditary titles of Septimania, Quercy and Albi were shared between them

Raymond II's grandson, William III known as the first William Taillefer, married Emma of Provence, and handed down part of that lordship to his younger son Bertrand I of Forcalquier3

William's elder son, Pons, left two children, one of whom, William IV succeeded his father in Toulouse, Albi and Quercy; while the younger, Raymond IV, ruled the vast possessions of the counts of Rouergue

High Middle Agesedit

Coat of arms of the counts of Toulouse in the 13th century4

From this time on, the counts of Toulouse were powerful lords in southern France Raymond IV, assumed the formal titles of Marquis of Provence, Duke of Narbonne and Count of Toulouse Afterward, the count set sail with the First Crusade After the conquest of Jerusalem, he set siege to the City of Tripoli in the Levant Raymond died before the city was taken in 1109, but is considered the first Count of Tripoli His son, Bertrand, then took the title He and his successors ruled the Crusader state until 1187 when the Kingdom of Jerusalem was overrun by Saladin5

While Raymond was away in the Holy Land, rule of Toulouse was seized by William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, who claimed the city by right of his wife, Philippa, the daughter of William IV; William was unable to hold it long Raymond's son and successor, Bertrand, had followed him to the Holy Land in 1109 Therefore, at Raymond's death the family's great estates and Toulouse went to Bertrand's brother, Alfonso Jordan His rule, however, was disturbed by the ambition of William IX and his granddaughter, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who urged her husband Louis VII of France to support her claims to Toulouse by war Upon her divorce from Louis and her subsequent marriage to Henry II of England, Eleanor pressed her claims through Henry, who at last, in 1173, forced Raymond V to do him homage for Toulouse

Raymond V, a patron of the troubadours, died in 1194, and was succeeded by his son, Raymond VI Following the 1208 assassination of the Papal legate, Pierre de Castelnau, Raymond was excommunicated and the County of Toulouse was placed under interdict by Pope Innocent III Raymond was eager to appease the Pope, and was pardoned However, following a second excommunication, Raymond's holdings in the Languedoc were desolated by the Albigensian Crusade, led by Simon de Montfort Raymond's forces were defeated in 1213, depriving him of his fees,5 and he was exiled to England Montfort finally occupied Toulouse in 1215

Raymond VII succeeded his father in 1222 He left an only daughter, Joan, who married Alphonse, the son of Louis VIII of France and brother of Louis IX of France At the deaths of Alfonse and Joan in 1271, the vast holdings of the counts of Toulouse lapsed to the Crown

Political map of the Languedoc under rule of the House of Toulouse on the eve of the Albigensian Crusade The French region in 1154

Within the kingdom of Franceedit

In 1271,Toulouse passed to the Crown of France, by the Treaty of Meaux, 1229 From 1271–1285, Philip III of France, King of France and nephew of Alphonse bore the title of count of Toulouse, but the mention of the title is abandoned after his death

Only in 1681, Toulouse was resurrected as a royal appanage by Louis XIV for his illegitimate son with Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, Louis-Alexandre

List of counts of Toulouseedit

Carolingian eraedit

  • 778–790 Torson, first Count of Toulouse; deposed by Charlemagne
  • 790–806 William of Gellone
  • 806–816 Beggo
    • 811–818 Raimond Rafinel 811–818, his relation to the preceding and succeeding counts is unknown
  • 816–835 Berengar
  • 835–842 Bernard of Septimania
    • 842–843 Acfred by conquest
  • 844–849 William of Septimania, successfully opposed Fredelon

House of Rouergueedit

House of Toulouse:

  • 844–852 Fredelon
  • 852–863 Raymond I
    • 863–865 Humfrid, deposed Raymond and count by conquest
    • 863–865 Sunyer, appointed to oppose Humfrid
  • 865–877 Bernard II
  • 877–886 Bernard III Plantapilosa
  • 886–918 Odo
  • 918–924 Raymond II
  • 924–ca950 Raymond III Pons
Note: It had long been thought that Raymond III Pons was succeeded directly by William III However, recent research suggests there were at least one, and as many as three, previously overlooked counts; and that at least one of these three was named Raymond This has resulted in conflicting numbering systems regarding the later Raymonds, although most historians continue to use the established, traditional numbering for them
    • ca950–ca961 Raymond IV
    • ca961–ca972 Hugh
    • ca972–ca978 Raymond V
  • 978–1037 William III Taillefer
  • 1037–1061 Pons
  • 1061–1094 William IV
  • 1094–1105 Raymond IV VI of St Gilles, inherit the County as Philippa, the daughter of William IV, was barred from inheriting it by Pons's will
    • 1098–1101 Philippa married to William IX of Aquitaine; exploiting the departure of Raymond for the First Crusade, the powerful husband of Philippa claimed Toulouse for her in 1098
  • 1105–1109 Bertrand of Tripoli; Toulouse was mortgaged to Bertrand, a cousin of Philippa Thereafter the county was vested to Bertrand's heirs
    • 1109–1117 Philippa and William IX of Aquitaine, again
    • 1117–1120 William X of Aquitaine, son of William IX and Philippa
  • 1109–1148 Alfonso Jordan
  • 1148–1194 Raymond V VII
  • 1194–1222 Raymond VI VIII
    • 1215–1218 Simon IV de Montfort, count by conquest during the Albigensian Crusade
    • 1218–1224 Amaury VI de Montfort, son of Simon
  • 1222–1249 Raymond VII IX re-established
  • 1249–1271 Joan and Alphonse, Count of Poitiers, her husband
    • 1271 Philippa de Lomagne great-granddaughter of Constance of Toulouse, daughter of Raymond VI6 tries unsuccessfully to claim the inheritance of the county

Note: Counts not issued from the House of Rouergue aren't bolded above

See alsoedit

  • History of Toulouse
  • Timeline of Toulouse


  1. ^ L Ariste and L Brand, Histoire populaire de Toulouse depuis les origines jusqu'à ce jour Toulouse, 1898
  2. ^ "The Counts of Toulouse Coms de Toloza" Midi-franceinfo Retrieved 2012-11-05 
  3. ^ Note:About 975 there had been a partition of the estates which the second William Taillefer and his cousin, Raymond II of Auvergne, held in common Albi and Quercy, went to William; Gothia, to Raymond
  4. ^ The first known Cross of Toulouse is shown on Count Raimond VI's seal, dated from 1211 Then widely used all over Languedoc, the Cross of Toulouse appeared on the municipal arms of Toulouse and the provincial arms of Languedoc in the 14th century Pierre Saliès Archistra, December 1994 claims that the Cross of Toulouse is a modification of the Latin Cross, attributed to Count Raimond VI In 1099, Raimond VI took part to the reconquest of Jerusalem with the Crusaders As a Crusaders' chief, Raimond would have adapted a cross slightly different from the Latin Cross bore by the low-rank Crusaders According to this theory, the edges of the arms of the cross were cut into two pieces and curved To be fixed on a shield, such a cross required twelve rivets The design would have progressively evolved towards the Cross of Toulouse Ivan Sache, 24 April 2003, crwflagscom
  5. ^ a b "Flanders, Brittany, Burgundy, Anjou, Normandy, Blois, Champagne, Toulouse, etc" Friesiancom Retrieved 2012-10-17 
  6. ^ Family Tree in Rogloeu retrieved 3 September 2014

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "article name needed" Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed Cambridge University Press 

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