Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse

Raymond VI, Count Of Toulouse

Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse

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Raymond VI (October 27, 1156 – August 2, 1222) was count of Toulouse and marquis of Provence from 1194 to 1222. He was also (as Raymond IV) count of Melgueil from 1173 to 1190.

Early life

Born at Saint-Gilles, Gard, he was a son of Raymond V and Constance of France. His maternal grandparents were Louis VI of France and his second wife Adélaide de Maurienne. His maternal uncles included Louis VII of France. In 1194 he succeeded his father as count of Toulouse. He immediately re-established peace with both Alfonso II of Aragon and with the Trencavel.

Marriages

He was married five or six times:

1. His first wife, Ermessende, Countess of Melgueil, whom he married in 1172, died in 1176 without issue.

2. His second wife was Beatrice of Béziers, sister of Roger II Trencavel; they divorced in 1189 and she was said to have become a Cathar parfaite after the divorce. Raymond and Beatrice had one daughter,Constance of Toulouse, who was married firstly to King Sancho VII of Navarre, and secondly to Pierre-Bermond II of Sauve, lord of Anduze.

3. Raymond then married for a third time, to Bourgogne, daughter of King Amalric II of Jerusalem and his first wife Eschiva of Ibelin, daughter of Baldwin of Ibelin. He divorced her in 1194.

4. In October 1197 at Rouen he married Joan Plantagenet, but she fled from him in 1199 and died in childbirth. Their only surviving child was Raymond VII of Toulouse (1197–1249).

5. His next relationship (marriage, some say) to a daughter of Isaac Comnenus...
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