Baldwin VII, Count of Flanders

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Baldwin VII of Flanders (1093 – 17 July 1119) was Count of Flanders from 1111 to 1119.

Baldwin was the son of Robert II, Count of Flanders and Clementia of Burgundy. He succeeded his father as count when he died on 5 October 1111. The inexperienced new count solicited the advice of his cousin, Charles the Good, who was several years older. It was Baldwin who arranged the marriage of Charles to the heiress of the County of Amiens, Margaret of Clermont, in 1118.

In 1105, Baldwin married Hawise of Brittany (also called Havide), daughter of Alan IV, Duke of Brittany. The groom was twelve, and the bride, only nine. The union, in all probability, was never consummated. They were divorced in 1110. Baldwin did not remarry. Baldwin and Hawise had no known issue.[citation needed]

He died after being wounded in September 1118 at the Battle of Bures-en-Bray, where he was fighting Henry I of England, on behalf of Louis VI of France. When he was dying in 1119, Baldwin declared his cousin Charles his heir.[1] Charles became the new Count of Flanders after his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul, Nicholas L. (21 September 2012). To Follow in Their Footsteps: The Crusades and Family Memory in the High Middle Ages. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801465540.
Preceded by
Robert II
Blason Comte-de-Flandre.svg Count of Flanders
1111–1119
Succeeded by
Charles I