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SURNAMED WERLAC, COUNT OF CORBEIL AND
Section 1, Family of Werlac-Section 2, Contemporary History of Apulia and
Calabria-Section 3, Contemporary History in Normandy-Section 4, Genealogy
of Hamon Dentatus.
GUILLAUME, called by the Normans WERLAC or WERLING, Count of Corbeil and Count of Mortaigne.
He also became Count of Banastre in Calabria, Italy, son
of Mauger. Chapter 6, Section 1. Married . Child
*20. REGNAULT, Chapter 8, Section 1.
of Jumieges (vii. 19) calls him "Willelmus cognomento Werlencus, de Stirpe Richardi Magni." Orderic (660 B) calls him "Guillelmum
Moritolii Comitem, filium Malgerii Comitis," and Malger,
or Mauger appears as an uncle of Duke Robert in
Will. Gem. vi. 7. "Willelmus Comes de Mauritonio" signs a charter in Delisle, Preuves 30, which
must therefore be older than 1055, the date which the Delisle
gives. [The Norman Conquest, by Edward A. Freeman, vol. 2, page 191.]
was mention made of him the first time, in 1040, in a charter by the
terms of which he confirmed the donation made by Nantier,
the viscount of Corbeil, to the Abbey of Saint Maur and to the Church of Saint Jean de 1'Hermitage
de Corbeil, recently built close to the walls
of Corbeil, which proves that Corbeil was already a fortified town. This Nantier, as we have seen, was one of the sons of
Robert the first Viscount of Corbeil; they
really were de Nogent, and not de Corbeil.
1043 the Count Guillaume appeared along with Nantier
as Viscount, in another charter concerning the abbey.
1048 at Sens, in the palace of the king, he
took part in a meeting composed of seven bishops and of Robert, Duke of
Burgundy, brother of the King, of Rainaude,
second Count of Sens, and of Raoul, Count of Valois. At this meeting King Henry
granted a charter authorizing the establishment of the priory of Saint Ayoul, a provins. In the
charter of 1050 he is mentioned as Guillemus
Miles Castri Corbelli.
The same year he was present at the opening of the hunt of St. Denis and
his name appears as one of the attesting witnesses to the diploma
after this, however, Duke William, natural son of Robert of Normandy, who
was at this time strengthening his position by despoiling all his foes of
their possessions, and bestowing them on his own kinsmen, took advantage
of a supposed treasonable remark of Count Guillaume, or Werlac, to deprive