Talk:Count of Hainaut

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Numbering of Williams[edit]

The counts named William are off by two: "William I" links to William III, "William II" to William IV and so on. (The Counts of Hainaut family tree simply omits I and II rather than renumbering them.) Why is this? Gdr 20:59, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

I do not know. I will look into it. Stijn Calle 16:50, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

It seems that the first William of Hainaut was the third William of Holland, which may account for the misnumbering. I will renumber them. Gdr 10:04, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Hainaut vs Hainault[edit]

I believe both Hainaut and Hainault are accepted spellings for this area, but I'm wondering if Hainault should be preferred, in an historical context at least, if not the modern era. Philippa, the queen consort of King Edward III of England, seems to be consistently referred to as "of Hainault" on Wikipedia. Some examples of "Hainault" include Alison Weir's book, "Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery,and Murder in Medieval England," which uses the spelling for both Philippa and her father. The famous 19th century Agnes Strickland book, Lives of the Queens, also uses "Hainault" for both Philippa and her father. The Encyclopaedia Britannica prefers "Hainaut" but uses it consistently for Philippa and her father (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9059685/Philippa-Of-Hainaut). The spelling seems to be just a matter of preference, but I feel that the chosen spelling should be used in all references for clarity purposes. It is very difficult to do research when spelling is inconsistent and Philippa of "Hainault" is descended from the Counts of "Hainaut." WendyB12 03:07, 7 October 2007 (UTC)