Henry, Count of Portugal

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Count of Portugal
Reign 1093–1112
Predecessor Nuno II
Successor Afonso I
Consort Teresa de León
Issue Urraca Henriques
Sancha Henriques
Teresa Henriques
Henrique Henriques
Afonso I
House Portuguese House of Burgundy
Father Henry of Burgundy
Born c. 1066
Duchy of Burgundy
Died 12 May 1112
Astorga, Kingdom of León
Burial Braga Cathedral, Braga, County of Portugal

Henry (Portuguese: Henrique, French: Henri; 1066–1112) was the Count of Portugal from 1093 to his death. He was brother of Hugh I, Duke of Burgundy, and Odo I, Duke of Burgundy, all sons of Henry, the heir of Robert I, Duke of Burgundy. He was a distant cousin of Raymond of Burgundy and Pope Callistus II.


As a younger son, Henry had little chance of acquiring fortune and titles by inheritance, thus he joined the Reconquista against the Moors in the Iberian Peninsula. He joined the campaign of King Alfonso VI of Castile and León, who was married to Henry's aunt Constance of Burgundy, and played an important role in the conquest of modern Galicia, and the north of Portugal.


In reward, Henry was married to King Alfonso's illegitimate daughter, Theresa, Countess of Portugal in 1093, receiving the County of Portugal, then a fiefdom of the Kingdom of Galicia, as a dowry.[1]

Caught under siege in Astorga by Alfonso I of Aragon, Henry held the city with the help of Alfonso's wife, Urraca. Henry died on 12 May 1112, from wounds received during the siege.[2]


From Teresa, Henry had three sons and three daughters. Three survived to adulthood:



  1. ^ Bernard F. Reilly, The Kingdom of León-Castilla Under King Alfonso VII, 1126-1157, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), vi.
  2. ^ Bernard F. Reilly, The Contest of Christian and Muslim Spain, 1031-1157, (Blackwell, 1995), 133-134.
  3. ^ Bernard F. Reilly, The Contest of Christian and Muslim Spain, 1031-1157, 203.

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Henry, Count of Portugal
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 1066 Died: 1112
Portuguese nobility
New title Count of Portugal
with Theresa (1096–1112)
Succeeded by
Theresa with Afonso