William II, Count of Hainaut

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William II, Count of Hainaut
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William II, Count of Hainaut
Born 1307
Died 26 September 1345(1345-09-26)
Warns, near Stavoren
Noble family House of Avesnes
Spouse(s) Joanna, Duchess of Brabant
Father William I, Count of Hainaut
Mother Joan of Valois

William II, Count of Hainaut (1307 – 26 September 1345) was William IV of Avesnes, William IV of Holland and William III of Zeeland from 1337 to his death, succeeding his father, William I. He married Joanna, Duchess of Brabant and Limburg in 1334, but had no issue.[1]

Military career and death[edit]

Holland, 1/4 groat, struck in Geertruidenberg by William IV as Count of Holland.

William fought in France as an ally of the English (he was the brother-in-law of Edward III). He went on crusade against the Saracens and the Lithuanians. He besieged Utrecht, because his one-time favourite bishop John van Arkel of Utrecht had turned against him. He died at Warns, near Stavoren, during one of the battles of Warns against the Frisians in 1345.

After his death[edit]

William was succeeded by his sister, who was married to emperor Louis IV. Hainaut, Holland and Zeeland became a part of the imperial crown domains.


See also[edit]

William II, Count of Hainaut
Born: 1307 Died: 26 September 1345
Preceded by
William I
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Succeeded by
Louis the Bavarian and Margaret II
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  1. ^ Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Marburg, Germany: Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, 1984), Tafel 4