Adelaide of Burgundy, Duchess of Brabant

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Adelaide of Burgundy
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Adelaide of Burgundy
Spouse(s) Henry III, Duke of Brabant
Noble family House of Burgundy
Father Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy
Mother Yolande of Dreux
Born c.  1233
Died 23 October 1273(1273-10-23)
Adelaide of Burgundy and Henry III, Duke of Brabant

Adelaide of Burgundy (c. 1233 – 23 October 1273) was a daughter of Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, by his first wife Yolande of Dreux. She was a member of the House of Burgundy.[1]


Adelaide's brother was Robert II, Duke of Burgundy, he succeeded their father upon his death in 1270. Adelaide's eldest brother was Odo, Count of Nevers, but he died in 1266, therefore he never inherited the duchy.

Her paternal grandparents were Odo III, Duke of Burgundy, and Alice of Vergy. Her maternal grandparents were Robert III of Dreux and Aénor of Saint-Valéry.


In 1251, Adelaide married Henry III, Duke of Brabant (c. 1230 – 28 February 1261, Leuven), he was the son of Henry II, Duke of Brabant, and Marie of Hohenstaufen. The couple had four children, all of whom lived to adulthood,

  1. Henry IV, Duke of Brabant (c. 1251 – after 1272)
  2. John I, Duke of Brabant (1253–1294)
  3. Godfrey of Brabant, Lord of Aarschot (died 11 July 1302, Kortrijk), killed at the Battle of the Golden Spurs, married in 1277 Jeanne Isabeau de Vierzon (died after 1296)
  4. Maria of Brabant (1256, Leuven – 12 January 1321, Murel), married at Vincennes on 27 August 1274 to King Philip III of France.

Adelaide's husband died in 1261, and Adelaide died in 1273, aged forty years.

Château of Val-Duchesse[edit]

The Château of Val-Duchesse was a priory for women founded in 1262 by Adelaide of Burgundy. The Duchess gave the name to the place Val Duchesse or Hertoginnedal (both meaning Valley of the Duchess). According to the legend she was inspired by Thomas Aquinas who is said to have been a guest at Val Duchesse. It was the first priory for women in the Low Countries that followed the rule of Saint Dominic and was generously donated by Adelaide and other noble ladies.

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  1. ^ "Adelaide of Burgundy (d. 1273)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc. Retrieved 8 January 2013.