William II of Dampierre
|William II of Dampierre|
|Died||3 September 1231|
|Noble family||House of Dampierre|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret II, Countess of Flanders|
|Father||Guy II of Dampierre|
|Mother||Mathilde of Bourbon|
His brother, Archambaud VIII, inherited Bourbon, and William inherited Dampierre. He married Margaret II, Countess of Flanders and Hainault, in 1223 and was thus regent of Flanders until his death as "Willem I" (or "Guillaume Ier"). In 1226 a Cistercian nunnery was founded at St.-Dizier, by William and his wife Margaret. Their sons William III and John would continue to confirm and patronize the nunnery during their lives, including William II's burial at the St.-Dizier nunnery in 1231. William and Margaret would found more Cisterian nunneries throughout the county of Flanders, including one at Flines.
He had four children (three sons) by Margaret and the eldest took part in the War of the Succession of Flanders and Hainault:
- William III, Count of Flanders and Lord of Kortrijk
- Guy, Count of Flanders and Margrave of Namur
- John I, Lord of Dampierre, Viscount of Troyes, and Constable of Champagne
- Joanna, married in 1239 to Hugh III of Rethel, then in 1243 to Theobald II of Bar
- Theodore Evergates, The Aristocracy in the County of Champagne, 1100-1300, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), 217.
- Anne E. Lester, Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth Century Champagne, (Cornell University Press, 2011), 156-157.
- Theodore Evergates, The Aristocracy in the County of Champagne, 1100-1300, 181.
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