Judith of Babenberg

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Judith of Babenberg
Marchioness of Montferrat
An imaginary portrait of Judith of Babenberg, painted by Hans Part in 1490, as part of the Genealogy of the Babenberg Ladies at Klosterneuburg Abbey, founded by her parents. The inscription misnames her husband as "Renier".
Bornc. late 1110s/1120
DiedAfter 1168
Noble familyHouse of Babenberg
Spouse(s)William V of Montferrat
IssueWilliam of Montferrat, Count of Jaffa and Ascalon
Conrad of Montferrat
Boniface of Montferrat
Frederick of Montferrat, Bishop of Alba
Renier of Montferrat
Agnes, Countess of Modigliana
Azalaïs, Marchioness of Saluzzo
FatherLeopold III, Margrave of Austria
MotherAgnes of Germany

Judith (or Jutta, sometimes called Julitta or Ita in Latin sources; c. 1115/1120 – after 1168), a member of the House of Babenberg, was Marchioness of Montferrat from 1135 until her death, by her marriage with Marquess William V.


Judith was a daughter of Margrave Leopold III of Austria (1073–1136) and his second wife, Agnes (1072–1143),[1] the only daughter of the Salian emperor Henry IV.

During 1133, Judith married the Aleramici marquess William V of Montferrat.[1] The Aleramici were among the leading dynasties in the Crusades; William accompanied his nephew King Louis VII of France on the Second Crusade of 1147.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Judith and William had:

The marriage also produced three daughters:

Judith was still living in 1168, but seems to have died before her husband went to the Kingdom of Jerusalem after their grandson Baldwin's coronation as King of Jerusalem in the 1180s.


  1. ^ a b c Freed 2016, p. xiv.
  2. ^ Riley-Smith 1992, p. 102.
  3. ^ McDougall 2017, p. xiii.
  4. ^ Theotokis 2019, p. 140.
  5. ^ Kosi 2021, p. 275.
  6. ^ Marco Bicchierai, Tegrimo Guidi, in Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, 61 (2004).


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