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William of Champlitte (died 1209) was a participant on the Fourth Crusade, and the first Prince of Achaea.

He was the third son of Edward I of Champlitte (Count of Upper Burgundy) and grandson of Hugh I, count of Champagne. During the crusade he was acquainted with Boniface of Montferrat, the leader of the crusade, and helped bridge his differences with Baldwin of Flanders, who became the first Latin emperor of Constantinoplemarker. During the siege of the city in July of 1203, William and a number of the crusaders were drawn close to the walls of the city by a group of strategically-retreating Varangian Guardsmen. There, William's arm was broken when it was struck during a hail of stones from Greek counter-siege petraries.

After the crusade had captured Constantinoplemarker and split up the Byzantine Empire, in autumn 1204 he followed Boniface of Montferrat from Thessalonicamarker to the campaign for the conquest of Greece. William conquered Morea (the Peloponnesemarker) along with Geoffrey I Villehardouin in 1205 (see the battle of the olive grove of Koundouros). Pope Innocent III named him ruler of all Achaeamarker. Because of the title of his grandfather (de Champagne), indicating his home place, he was called Campanezis (Καμπανέζης) by the Greeks.

In 1209, while he was concerned with the organization of the Peloponnese, he received news that his elder brother Louis had died childless and he had to rush to France to claim his rights. He died on the way to France, in Apuliamarker. Shortly thereafter, his nephew Hugh, whom William had left in his place in Peloponnese, also died.



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