Floris I, Count of Holland

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Floris I of Holland
Count in Frisia
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Floris I as imagined in the 16th century
Reign 13 January 1049 – 28 June 1061
Birthplace Vlaardingen
Died June 28, 1061(1061-06-28)
Place of death Nederhemert
Buried Egmond
Predecessor Dirk IV
Successor Dirk V
Consort Gertrude of Saxony
Issue Dirk V
Floris
Bertha
Father Dirk III
Mother Othelindis

Floris I of Holland (born in Vlaardingen – killed June 28, 1061 in Guelders (Gelderland), Netherlands) was Count of Holland, then called Frisia west of the Vlie, from 1049 to 1061. He was a son of Dirk III and Othelindis.

He succeeded his brother Dirk IV, Count of Holland, who was murdered in 1049. He was involved in a war of a few Lotharingian vassals against the imperial authority. On a retreat from Zaltbommel he was ambushed and killed in battle at Nederhemert (called Hamerth at the time), on 28 June 1061.

Family and children[edit]

He married ca. 1050 Princess Gertrude of Saxony, daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and Eilika of Schweinfurt, and had at least three children by her:

  1. Dirk V (c. 1052, Vlaardingen – 17 June 1091).
  2. Bertha (c. 1055–1094, Montreuil-sur-Mer), who married Philip I of France in 1072.
  3. Floris (b. c. 1055), a canon at Liége.

Gertrude married secondly in 1063 Robert the Frisian, Count of Flanders, who also acted as guardian for the children of her previous marriage and as regent for his stepson until 1071.

Preceded by
Dirk IV
Count of Friesland west of the Vlie
1049–1061
Succeeded by
Dirk V

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