Descendants of Lambert I of Louvain

Lambert I Count of Louvain
Born about 950
Married about 994 Gerberge of Louvain daughter of Charles Duke of Lower Lorraine
Appointed 1003 1st Count of Louvain by
Killed 9 December 1015 at the Battle of Florennes

Children of Lambert Louvain and Gerberge:

  1. Henry I
  2. Lambert II
  3. Mathide
  4. Robert (de Bruges) married Emma of Brittany
  5. Eustache (de Fiennes) married Adela de Fumes died about 1066

Generation No. 1

Henry I
Son of Lambert I and Gerberge
Succeeded his father as Count of Louvain
Died August 1038

Children of Henry Louvain:

  1. Otto
  2. Adelheid
  3. Kunigunde
  4. Adela

Lambert II
Son of Lambert I and Gerberge
Succeeded his brother Henry I as Count of Louvain
Married Oda of Lorraine daughter of Gozelo Duke of Lower Lorraine
Died after September 21, 1062

Children of Lambert II and Oda:

  1. Henry II

Lambert II
Son of Lambert I and Gerberge
Succeeded his brother Henry I as Count of Louvain
Married Oda of Lorraine daughter of Gozelo Duke of Lower Lorraine
Died after September 21, 1062

Children of Lambert II and Oda:

  1. Henry II

Generation No. 3

Mathide
Daughter of Lambert II and Oda
Married Eustache of Boulogne

Children of Mathide and Eustache:

  1. Eustace II of Boulogne
  2. Godfrey Bishop of Paris (1061–1095)
  3. Lambert II Count of Lens
  4. Gerberga married Frederick Duke of Lower Lorraine

Generation No. 4

Henry III
Son of Henry II and Adela
Married Gertrude of Flanders daughter of Robert I Count of Flanders
Succeeded his father as Count of Louvain
Mortally wounded by Gosuin de Forest during a jousting tournament at Tournai and died 2 May 1095

Children of Henry and Gertrude:

  1. Adellheid married Simon Duke of Lorraine
  2. Gerterude married Lambert Count of Montaigu and Clermont

Godfrey I (Barbatus)
Son of Henry II and Adela
Born about 1060,
Married 1st Ida of Namur (Chiny) daughter of Otto II Count of Chiny
Married 2nd Clementine Bourgogne
Succeeded his brother Henry III as Count of Louvain
Landgrave of Brabant Count of Brussels and Leuven (Louvain) from 1095 to his death
Suceeded Godfrey of Bouillon (2nd cousin) as Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1106 to 1129
Margrave of Antwerp from 1106 to his death
Died January 25, 1139/40 Jerusalem

Children of Godfrey Louvein and Ida de Chiny:

  1. Godfrey II
  2. Henry
  3. Adela born about 1103 married 1st Henry I Beauclerc King of England married 2nd William d’Aubigny 1st Earl of Arundel 1138 died 23 April 1151
  4. Ida married Arnold II count of Cleves about 1128 died about 1147
  5. Clarissa died about 1140

He first came into conflict with Otbert, Bishop of Liège, over the county of Brunengeruz that both claimed. In 1099, Emperor Henry IV allotted the county to the bishop, who entrusted it to Albert III, Count of Namur. Godfrey arbitrated a dispute between Henry III of Luxembourg and Arnold I, Count of Loon, over the appointment of the abbot of Sint-Truiden.

Godfrey was in favour with the emperor and defended his interests in Lorraine. In 1102, he stopped Robert II of Flanders “the Crusader”, who was invading the Cambraisis. After the death of the emperor in 1106, his son and successor, Henry V, who had been in rebellion, decided to avenge himself on his father’s partisans. Duke Henry of Lower Lorraine was imprisoned and his duchy confiscated and given to Godfrey. After Henry escaped from prison, he tried to retake his duchy and captured Aachen, but ultimately failed.

In 1114, during a rift between the emperor and Pope Paschal II, Godfrey led a revolt in Germany. In 1118, the emperor and the duke were reconciled. In 1119, Baldwin VII of Flanders died heirless and Flanders was contested between several claimants, one of whom, William of Ypres, had married a niece of Godfrey’s second wife. Godfrey supported William, but could not enforce his claim against that of Charles the Good. Also dead in that year was Otbert. Two separate men were elected to replace him and Godfrey again sided with the loser.

By marrying his daughter Adeliza to Henry I of England, who was also the father-in-law of the emperor, he greatly increased his prestige. However, Henry V died in 1125 and Godfrey supported Conrad of Hohenstaufen, the duke of Franconia, against Lothair of Supplinburg. Lothair was elected. Lothair withdrew the duchy of Lower Lorraine and granted it to Waleran of Limburg (c. 1085 – 1139), the son of Henry, whom Henry V had deprived in 1106. Nonetheless, Godfrey maintained the margraviate of Antwerp and retained the ducal title (which would in 1183 become Duke of Brabant).

After the assassination of Charles the Good in 1127, the Flemish succession was again in dispute. William Clito prevailed, but was soon fraught with revolts. Godfrey intervened on behalf of Theodoric of Alsace, who prevailed against Clito. Godfrey continued to war against Liège and Namur.

Godfrey spent his last years in the abbey of Affligem. He died of old age on 25 January 1139 and was buried in the left aisle of the abbey church.

Eustace II
Son of Mathide of Louvain and Eustache I of Boulogne
Married 1st Goda daughter of King Æthelred
Married 2nd Ida daughter of Godfrey III Duke of Lower Lorraine

Children of Eustace II and Ida of Lorraine:

  1. Eustace III Count of Boulogne
  2. Godfrey of Bouillon King of Jerusalem
  3. Baldwin I King of Jerusalem
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