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Godefroi V “le Barbu”, Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Comte de Louvain

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  • Name Godefroi V “le Barbu”  
    Suffix Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Comte de Louvain 
    Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • “GODEFROI de Louvain, son of HENRI [II] Comte de Louvain & his wife Adela [Adelheid] in der Betuwe (-25 Jan 1139, bur Afflighem Abbey). The Chronicon Affligemense names "Heinrico et Godefrido" as the two sons of "Adela comitissa Lovaniensis". He succeeded his brother in 1095 as GODEFROI Comte de Louvain. He was in conflict with Richer Bishop of Liège over the county of Brugeron in 1095/96. Markgraaf van Antwerpen 1105. Heinrich V King of Germany invested him as GODEFROI V "le Barbu" Duke of Lower Lotharingia in 1106. The Continuatio Chronici Afflegemiensis records that “Godefridus cum barba Dux Lotharingiæ, Comes Lovaniensis et Bruxellensis Marchio sacri Regni” founded Afflighem Abbey where he was buried. Vogt of Afflighem 1107. The Gesta Abbatem Trudonensium records the abdication in 1128 of "Godefridum Lovaniensem comitem de ducatu Lotharingie" and his substitution by "Waleramnum comitem Lemburgie". Vogt of Gembleux and Nivelles 1129. The Annales Blandinienses record the death in 1139 of "Godefridus maior dux Lotharingiæ". The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records the death of "Godefridus Barbatus Lovaniensis dux Lothariensis" and his burial at Afflighem.
      m firstly ([1105]) IDA de Chiny, daughter of OTTO [II] Comte de Chiny & his second wife Alix de Namur (-1117/25). The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified.
      m secondly ([1125]) as her second husband, CLEMENCE de Bourgogne, widow of ROBERT II Count of Flanders, daughter of GUILLAUME I Comte de Bourgogne & his wife Etiennette --- ([1078]-[1133]). "Clementie Flandrarum comitisse" is named as wife of ""Robertus iunior" in the Cartulaire de Saint-Bertin. Orderic Vitalis names her as wife of Count Robert but does not give her origin. Her origin is confirmed by the Genealogica Comitum Flandriæ Bertiniana which names "Clementiam filiam Willelmlmi comitis Burgundionum cognomento Testahardith" as wife of "Rodbertus Rodberti filius". The primary source which confirms her second marriage has not yet been identified. Clemence could not have been born much later than 1078, given the birtrth of her first child (by her first husband) in 1093. She was appointed regent in Flanders during the absence of her first husband on crusade. She promoted the monastic movement and introduced Cluniac rule into several abbeys in Flanders. Shhe founded Bourbourg Abbey with her first husband in [1103]. "Balduinus Flandrensium comes et Clementia comitissa" confirmed the donation of the church of Saint-Bertin to Cluny made by "dominus meus Rotbertus comes", by charter 12 Apr 1112. Shhe opposed the succession in 1119 of Count Charles, supporting the candidature of Guillaume d'Ypres. The Cartulaire de Saint-Bertin records the death in [1133] of "Clementia Roberti iunioris vidua" and specifies that "eatenus pene terciam partem Flandrie dotis loco tenuit", although it is curious that this does not refer to her second husband who was still alive when she died.
      Mistress (1): ---. The name of Duke Godefroi's mistress is not known.
      Duke Godefroi V & his first wife had five children:
      1. GODEFROI de Louvain (-[11 Nov/31 Dec] 1142, bur Louvain, église collégiale de Saint Pierre). "Godefridus duces seniorem, eiusque filium Godefridum iuniorem" made a joint donation of land at Dudinsart to Gembloux Abbey dated 1131. He was insstalled in 1140 as GODEFROI VI Duke of Lower Lotharingia by his wife's brother-in-law Konrad III King of Germany. Duke of Louvain 1141. The Annales Blandinienses record the death in 1142 of "Godefridus minor dux Lotharingiæ". m ([1139]) as her first husband, LUTGARDIS von Sulzbach, daughter of BERENGAR [I] Graf von Sulzbach & his second wife Adelheid von Wolfratshausen (-after 1163). The Genealogia Ducum Brabantiæ Heredum Franciæ names "Ludgarde ducissa de Saltzebach" as the wife of "Godefridus…secundus dux". She married secondly (1143) Hugo [XII] Graf von Dagsburg und Metz. The primary source which confirms her second marriage has not yet been identified. Duke Godefroi VI & his wife had one child:
      a) GODEFROI de Louvain (1142-10 Aug 1190, bur Louvain, église collégiale de Saint Pierre). The Annales Parchenses name "Godefridus unius anni puer" as successor of "Godefridus dux iunior frater Heinric comitis". He succeeded his father in 1142 as GODEFROI VII Duke of Lower Lotharingia. Duke of Louvain 1147. Graaf van Brabant 1153.
      2. HENRI de Louvain (-Affligem Abbey 27 Sep 1141, bur Afflighem Abbey or Louvain, église collégiale de Saint Pierre). "Henricus iunior filius ipsius ducis" witnessed the donation of "Godefridus duces seniorem, eiusque filium Godefridum iuniorem" of land at Dudinsart to Gembloux Abbey dated 1131. Comte de Louvain. Monk at Afflighem 1140. The Continuatio Chronici Afflegemiensis records that “Henricus comes…Godefridi” became a monk at Afflighem where he was buried. The Annales Parchenses record the death in 1141 of "Heinricus comes filius eius [=Godefridi ducis magni]".
      3. ADELISA de Louvain ([1103/06]-Afflighem Abbey 23/24 Mar or 23 Apr 1151, bur Afflighem Abbey). The Genealogia Ducum Brabantiæ Heredum Franciæ names (in order) "Alaida…Anglorum regina…comitissa de Cleves Ida…[et] Clarissia virgo" as the three daughters of "Godefridus Cum-barba". The Balduini Ninovensis Chronicon records the marriage of "Henricus rex Anglorum" and "Athelam filiam Godefridi ducis Lotharingie" in 1121. The Continuator of Florence of Worcester records the marriage "IV Kal Feb" [1121] of King Henry and "Atheleidem filiam Godefridi ducis Lotharingæ puellam virginem" and her coronation as queen "III Kal Feb". Orderic Vitalis names her and her father. The Continuatio Chronici Afflegemiensis records that “Godefridus cum barba Dux Lotharingiæ…filia…Aleidis” married “Regi Angliæ” in 1121, died “IX Kal Mai” and was buried at Afflighem after the death of her second husband. The castle and honour of Arundel was settled on Queen Adelisa after her first huhusband died. Robert of Torigny records that "Willermi de Albinaio quem vocant comitem de Arundel" married "Aelizam reginam relictam Henrici senioris regis Anglorum". She became a nun at Affleghem Abbey, near Aalst in Brabant in [1149/50]. The Annals of Margan record the death in 1151 of “Adelidis, regina secunda Henrici regis”. The Continuatio Chronici Afflegemiensis records that “Godefridus cum barba Dux Lotharingiæ…filia…Aleidis” died “IX Kal Mai” and was buried at Afflighem after the death of her second husband. m firstly (Royal Chapel, Windsor Castle 29 Jan or 2 Feb 1121) as his second wife, HENRY I King of England, son of WILLIAM I King of England & his wife Mathilde de Flandre (Selby, Yorkshire Sep 1168-Saint-Denis le Ferment, Forêt d’Angers near Rouen 1/2 Dec 1135, bur Reading Abbey, Berkshire). m secondly ([1136/Sep 1139]) WILLIAM d’Aubigny [de Albini], son of WILLIAM d’Aubigny Lord of the manor of Buckenham, Norfolk & his wife Maud le Bigod (-Waverley Abbey, Surrey 12 Oct 1176, bur Wymondham Priory, Norfolk). He was created Earl of Arundel [1142].
      4. IDA de Louvain (-27 Jul before 1162). The Genealogia Ducum Brabantiæ Heredum Franciæ names (in order) "Alaida…Anglorum regina…comitissa de Cleves Ida…[et] Clarissia virgo" as the three daughters of "Godefridus Cum-barba". m ([1128]) ARNOLD [I] Graf von Kleve, son of DIETRICH [I] Graf von Kleve & his wife --- (-20 Aug after 1147, bur Bedburg).
      5. CLARISSA de Louvain (-before 1140). The Genealogia Ducum Brabantiæ Heredum Franciæ names (in order) "Alaida…Anglorum regina…comitissa de Cleves Ida…[et] Clarissia virgo" as the three daughters of "Godefridus Cum-barba".
      Duke Godefroi V had one illegitimate child by Mistress (1):
      6. JOSCELIN de Louvain (-1180). His parentage is confirmed by a manuscript genealogy of the Percy family which names “Matildem et Agnetem” as the daughters and heiresses of “Willielmus de Percy”, adding that Agnes married “Goselino Lovayn fratri Ducis Brabantiæ”[111]. It appears likely that he was illegitimate. If it is correct that he married after 1154, he would have been rather old at that date to have been born from Duke Godefroi´s first marriage. On the other hand, Duke Godefroi´s second wife was probably too old to have given birth to children after her marriage with the duke. Joscelin accompanied his half-sister Adelisa to England when she married King Henry I in 1121. He received the honour of Petworth, Sussex from Queen Adelisa before 1151.”«s87» [1]
    Person ID I14117  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 

    Father Henri II, Comte de Louvain 
    Mother Adela (Adelheid) 
    Family ID F5499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ida, de Chiny, Countess de Namur 
    Children 
    +1. Adelisa, de Louvain,   d. 1151
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F4851  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Clemence, de Bourgogne,   b. Abt 1078,   d. Abt 1133  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F5178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.