Mahaut, Countess of Artois
|Mahaut of Artois|
|suo jure Countess of Artois|
|Spouse(s)||Otto IV, Count of Burgundy|
|Noble family||House of Artois|
|Father||Robert II, Count of Artois|
|Mother||Amicie de Courtenay|
|Died||28 October 1329
- Philip of Artois (1269–1298). Married Blanche de Dreux, daughter of John II, Duke of Brittany, by whom he had five children.
- Robert of Artois (born 1271). Died young.
Marriage and issue
- Joan (1292-1330), married Philip V of France,
- Blanche (1296 ? – 1326), married Charles IV of France and
- Robert (1300–1315).
Because of the premature death of her brother Philip in 1298, she inherited the County of Artois at her father's death in 1302, rather than her nephew Robert (her inheritance being based upon proximity of blood). Although he repeatedly challenged the decision, her rights to the county were consistently upheld. She was an able administrator and managed to defeat the many rebellions perpetrated by members of the nobility. Her senior administrator was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arras, Thierry de Hérisson. Upon her death in 1329, the county was inherited by her daughter Joan II, Countess of Burgundy (d. 1329), who was married to Philip V of France.
Mahaut of Artois is a major character in Les Rois maudits (The Accursed Kings), a series of historical novels by Maurice Druon. Druon describes her as the poisoner of Louis X and his baby child, to be later poisoned the same way by her female servant, who originally helped with the King's poisoning. She was portrayed by Hélène Duc in the 1972 French miniseries adaptation of the novels, and by by Jeanne Moreau in the 2005 remake.
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- Small, Carola M. (1990). "Messengers in the County of Artois, 1295-1329". Canadian Journal of History 25 (2): 163–175. Retrieved Aug 15, 2012.
Mahaut, Countess of ArtoisBorn: 1268 Died: 28 October 1329
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