Robert II, Count of Dreux
|Count of Dreux and Braine
Lord of Fère-en-Tardenois, Pontarcy, Nesle, Longueville, Quincy-en-Tardenois, Savigny, and Baudemont
|Count of Dreux|
|Reign||1184 – 28 December 1218|
|Count of Braine|
|Reign||24 July 1204 – 28 December 1218|
|Predecessor||Agnes de Baudemont|
|Died||28 December 1218 (aged 63–64)|
|Burial||Braine, église abbatiale de Saint-Ived|
|Spouse||Mahaut of Burgundy
Yolande de Coucy
Peter I, Duke of Brittany
Henry of Dreux
John of Dreux
Philippa of Dreux
Alix of Dreux
Agnes of Dreux
|House||House of Dreux|
|Mother||Agnes de Baudemont, Countess of Braine|
Robert II of Dreux (1154 – 28 December 1218), Count of Dreux and Braine, was the eldest surviving son of Robert I, Count of Dreux, and Agnes de Baudemont, countess of Braine, and a grandson of King Louis VI of France.
He participated in the Third Crusade, at the Siege of Acre and the Battle of Arsuf. He took part in the war in Normandy against the Angevin Kings between 1193 and 1204. Count Robert had seized the castle of Nonancourt from Richard I of England while he was imprisoned in Germany in late 1193. The count also participated in the Albigensian Crusade in 1210. In 1214 he fought alongside King Philip Augustus at the Battle of Bouvines.
Marriages and Children
His first marriage with Mahaut of Burgundy (1150–1192) in 1178 ended with separation in 1181 and produced no children. The excuse for the annulment was consanguinity. Mahaut and Robert were both great-great grandchildren of William I, Count of Burgundy and his wife Etiennete and they were both Capetian descendants of Robert II of France.
His second marriage to Yolande de Coucy (1164–1222) produced several children:
- Robert III (c. 1185–1234), Count of Dreux and Braine.
- Peter (c. 1190–1250), Duke of Brittany.
- Henry of Dreux (c. 1193–1240), Archbishop of Reims.
- John of Dreux (c. 1198–1239), Count of Vienne and Mâcon.
- Philippa of Dreux (1192–1242), who married Henry II of Bar.
- Alix of Dreux, married Walter IV of Vienne, Lord of Salins, then married Renard II of Choiseul.
- Agnes of Dreux (1195-1258), married Stephen III of Auxonne.
- Yolande of Dreux, married Raoul II of Lusignan.
And according to Father Richard Augustine Hay a priest that lived with the Sinclair family and whose stepfather was a Sinclair in his book The Genealogie of the Saintclaires of Rosslyn he and Yolande had a daughter named Eleanor who married Robert de Saint Clair Sur Epte and that they were the most likely ancestors of the Sinclair family and he is supported by a member of the Sinclair family Roland William St Clair in his book Saint-Clairs of the Isles.
- Stirpe satus rēgum, pius et custōdia lēgum,
- Brannę Rōbertus comes hīc requiescit opertus,
- Et jacet Agnētis situs ad vestīgia mātris.
Of which the translation is: "Born from the race of kings, and a devoted guardian of the laws, Robert, Count of Braine, here rests covered, and lies buried by the remains of his mother Agnes."
It is also dated Anno Gracię M. CC. XVIII. die innocentum, that is, "In the Year of Grace 1218, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents."
|Ancestors of Robert II, Count of Dreux|
- Evergates, Theodore (1999). Aristocratic women in medieval France. University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Gislebertus of Mons (2005). Chronicle of Hainaut. Translated by Napran, Laura. Boydell Press.
- Mémoires de la Société des lettres, sciences et arts de Bar-le-Duc, Vol.2, Ed. Société des lettres, sciences et arts de Bar-le-Duc, Contant Laguerre Imprimeur Editeur, 1903.
- Nicholson, Robert Lawrence (1973). Joscelyn III and the fall of the crusader states 1134-1199. Brill.
- Petit, Ernest, ed. (1889). Histoire des ducs de Bourgogne de la race Capétienne. Vol.3. Imprimerie Darantiere.
- Pollock, M. A. (2015). Scotland, England and France After the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296: Auld Amitie. Boydell & Brewer.
- Power, Daniel (2008). The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries. Cambridge University Press.
- Setton, Kenneth M.; Wolff, Robert Lee; Hazard, Harry W., eds. (1969). A History of the Crusades. Vol. 2. University of Wisconsin Press.
- Sumption, Jonathan (1999). The Albigensian Crusade. Faber and Faber.
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