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Rogièr Bernat I 'lo Gròs' de Fois, comte de Fois

French: Roger Bernard "le gros" de Foix, comte de Foix
Also Known As: "El Gordo"
Birthplace: Foix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Death: November 1188 (57-68)
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger III, comte de Foix and Ximena (Ximena) Foix, comtesse d'Osona
Husband of Cecilia de Besiers, comtessa consort de Fois
Father of Rohese de Foix; Dame de Montségur Esclarmonda de Foix; Géralda de Foix; Sybille de Foix; Isabel Foix and 4 others
Brother of Brunichilde de Foix and Douce de Foix
Half brother of Bradimène de Foix

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About Roger-Bernard I le Gros, comte de Foix

He married Princess Cecily Carcassone (de Beziers,Trencavel-81634.

Recuara wife of Thomas Despenser Daughter of Roger Bernard de Foix and Cecily de Foix (Trencavel) seems very unlikely from this information found

Roger Bernard I the Fat (c. 1130 – November 1188) was the fourth Count of Foix from 1148. He made peace with the church.

At Pamiers in 1149 and again in 1163, he had to make restitution of confiscated lands to the church of Saint-Antonin of Fredelas. He made a paréage with the church dividing the government of the lands between them. The count was to have charge of defence and justice. Another pareage was established with the abbey of Saint-Volusien in 1168, where rents were split between the ecclesiastic and comital authorities.

On 11 July 1151, Roger Bernard married Cecilia, daughter of Raymond Trencavel, and became a vassal of the County of Barcelona. However, he avoided involving himself in the count's war of 1159 and concentrated on expanding his own zone of influence, as by a treaty with the lords of Dun in 1162. In 1185, he was finally constrained to fight alongside the count of Barcelona, Alfonso the Chaste, in southern France. Only Bernard IV of Comminges successfully remained neutral. It seems that the count intended to confide the government of Provence to him.

Roger Bernard was buried in the abbey of Boulbonne and succeeded by his son Raymond Roger. He was also the father of Esclarmonde de Foix.,_Count_of_Foix


succeeded by his son Raymond Roger.   Raymond-roger was the son of Roger-Bernard of Foix and Cécile Trencavel. He married Philippa de Moncade in 1189. They had three children: Esther, Roger-Bernard (who succeeded him as Count of Foix) et Cécile.

He was also the father of

Esclarmonde de Foix. Esclarmonde was born sometime after 1151. Her name means " Light of the World " in Occitan. She was nicknamed "The Great Esclarmonde" (La grande Esclarmonde).

She was the daughter of Roger Bernard I, Count of Foix and Cécile Trencavel. She was therefore sister to Raymond-Roger Count of Foix. She married Jourdain de l'Isle-Jourdain, Seigneur de l'Isle-Jourdain. Their children included Bernard who later inherited the County of Foix, Guillaumette, Olive, Othon de Terride and Bertrand, Baron de Launac.

She was widowed in October 1200, and from this time turned openly to the Cathar Church. In 1204 she received the Consolamentum from the hands of the Cathar Bishop Guilhabert de Castres, so becoming a Parfaite, a member of the Cathar Elect. The ceremony, at which three other great noblewomen (Aude de Fanjeaux, Faye de Durfort, and Raymonde de Saint-Germain) also received the Consolamentum, took place at Fanjeaux in the presence of her brother Raymond-Roger Count of Foix. From this time on she would become a champion of the Cathar faith

The House of Foix:

The Counts of Foix flourished from the 11th to the 15th century. They were at first feudatories of the counts of Toulouse and the counts of Barcelona, but after 1229 they succeeded in establishing their direct vassalage to the king of France.

During the 13th and 14th centuries the counts of Foix figured among the most powerful of the French feudal nobles. Living on the borders of France, having constant interaction with the kingdom of Navarre, and in frequent communication with England through Gascony and Aquitaine, they were in a position favorable to an assertion of independence, and acted more like the equals than the dependents of the kings of France.

The title of count of Foix was first assumed by Roger of Foix, d. 1064, son of Bernard Roger of Couserans, who was a younger son of Roger I de Cominges, Count of Carcassonne, de Couserans et de Razés, when he inherited the town of Foix and the adjoining lands, which had hitherto formed part of the county of Carcassonne.

His grandson, Roger II, took part in the First Crusade in 1095 and was afterwards excommunicated by Pope Paschal II for seizing ecclesiastical property. Subsequently he appeased the anger of the church through rich donations, and when he died in 1125 he was succeeded by his son, Roger III, and his son, Roger Bernard I.

Roger-Bernard's only son, Raymond Roger, accompanied the French king, Philip Augustus, to Palestine in 1190 and distinguished himself at the capture of Acre. He was afterwards engaged in the twenty-year-long [1209-1229] Albigensian Crusade defending the Cathars, and, on being accused of heresy, his lands were given to Simon IV de Montfort. Raymond Roger came to terms with the Church and recovered his estates before his death in 1223. He was a patron of the Provençal poets and a poet himself.

He was succeeded by his son, Roger Bernard II the Great, who assisted Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse, and the Albigenses in their resistance to the French kings, Louis VIII and Louis IX, was excommunicated on two occasions, and died in 1241.

His son, Roger IV, died in 1265 and was succeeded by his son, Roger Bernard III who, more famous as a poet than as a warrior, was taken prisoner both by Philip III of France and by Peter III of Aragon. He married Marguerite, daughter and heiress of Gaston VII, Viscount of Béarn, and he inherited Béarn and Nébouzan from his father-in-law in 1290, which led to the outbreak of a long feud between the Houses of Foix and Armagnac.

From 1278 the counts of Foix, and their legal successors, have also been Co-princes of Andorra.

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