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|The Duchy of Aquitaine, governed under the supremacy of Frankish, English, and French kings, was much larger than the present-day French region. |
The year that William X was born his father left on crusade. He later abandoned Williams' mother, which strained the relationship between father and son, until William married the daughter of his father's mistress. William was a lover of the arts and a warrior. He resolved internal challenges with the total destruction of his enemies and fought with both Normandy and France. Defying his own bishops, William initially supported antipope Anacletus II in the schism of 1130, but later supported Pope Innocent. He died, probably from food poisoning, on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.