Geoffrey II, Viscount of Châteaudun

Geoffrey II (died 1040), Viscount of Châteaudun and Count of Perche (as Geoffrey I), son of Fulcois, Count of Mortagne, and Melisende, Viscountess of Châteaudun. Some sources say that he became Viscount of Châteaudun following his uncle Hugues’ appointment as Archbishop of Tours. At that point, he was probably under the regency of his mother.

He broke with his relatives in the nobility of Blois and began hostilities against Fulbert, Bishop of Chartres. An unsuccessfully attempt to enlist the aid of Theobald III, Count of Blois, and Robert the Pious in his quest resulted in his excommunication in 1029. Only his building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Châteaudun redeemed him in the eyes of the church.

In 1040, while he was at Chartres, a riot broke out against his presence, and he was murdered.

Geoffrey married Helvise (Elizabeth) de Corbon, daughter of Rainard, Lord of Pithiviers, and his wife Helvise. Geoffrey and Helvise had three children:

  • Geoffroy (d. between 1015 and 1028)
  • Hugues II du Perche, Viscount of Châteaudun and Count of Perche
  • Rotrou I du Perche, Viscount of Châteaudun and Count of Perche.

Geoffrey was succeeded as Viscount of Châteaudun and Count of Perche by his son Hugues.

SourcesEdit

Settipani, Christian, Les vicomtes de Châteaudun et leurs alliés, dans Onomastique et Parenté dans l'Occident médiéval, Oxford, Linacre, Unit for Prosopographical Research, 2000

Medieval Lands Project, Vicomtes de Châteaudun