Godfrey of Brabant

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Godfrey of Brabant, (born 1250; died Kortrijk, July 11, 1302), was Lord of Aarschot between 1284 and 1302 and Lord of Vierzon between 1277 and 1302.

Biography[edit]

He was the third son of Henry III, Duke of Brabant and Adelaide of Burgundy, Duchess of Brabant. He was an able warrior and politician and supported his elder brother John I, Duke of Brabant in all his undertakings. He fought alongside his brother in the Battle of Worringen in 1288, where he captured Reginald I, Count of Guelders.

On October 29, 1284, his father made him Lord of Aarschot.

In 1292, he negotiated a peace between France and the Count of Flanders. After the death of his brother, he supported his nephew John II of Brabant against all internal and external opposition.

In 1302, when Flanders revolted against King Philip IV of France, Godfrey and his only son joined the army of his French ally in the Battle of the Golden Spurs. Both were killed, as were many more knights of Brabant. His estates were divided among his four married daughters.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married in 1277 Jeanne Isabeau dame de Vierzon (died 1296), daughter of Hervé IV, Lord of Vierzon, and Jeanne de Brenne. They had 1 son and 6 daughters :