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Hugh I, Count of Blois

Hugh I, Count of Blois
Spouse(s) Agnes Bar-le-Duc
Marie of Avesnes
Mahaut of Guînes
Noble family House of Châtillon
Father Gaucher III of Châtillon
Mother Elisabeth of Saint-Pol
Born after 1197
Died 9 April 1248(1248-04-09)

Hugh I, Count of Blois, also known as Hugh I of Châtillon (b. 1198c - d. 9 April 1248)[1] was Count of Blois from 1230 to 1241, and Count of Saint Pol (as Hugh V) from 1226 to 1248.

Hugh was son of Gaucher III of Châtillon and Elisabeth (1180–1212), daughter of Hugo IV, Count of Saint-Pol.[1] He married Agnes Bar-le-Duc, daughter of Thibaut I Bar-le-Duc and Hermesend of Bar-sur-seine, in 1216.[1] By 1225, Agnes was dead and Hugh married Marie.[1]

In 1226, Hugh married Marie of Avesnes, daughter of Walter of Avesnes and Margaret of Blois.[1] They had 5 children:

  1. John (d. 1280), Count of Blois
  2. Guy (d. 1289), Count of Saint Pol
  3. Gaucher (d. 1261), lord of Crécy and Crèvecœur
  4. Hugh (d. 1255)
  5. Basile (d. 1280), became Abbess of Notre Dame du Val in 1248

Through his marriage Hugh became the first count of Blois from the house of Châtillon. It marked the end of the first dynasty of Blois that lasted over 400 years. After the death of Marie, Hugh married Mahaut, sister of Baldwin III, Count of Guînes. Hugh, with the assistance of Philip Mécringes, founded a Cistercian nunnery at Troissy called L'Amour-Dieu in 1232.[2]

Hugh intended to followed the pious king Louis IX when he started on the Seventh Crusade, but he died in 1248.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Theodore Evergates, The Aristocracy in the County of Champagne, 1100-1300, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), 223.
  2. ^ a b Anne E. Lester, Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth Century Champagne, (Cornell University Press, 2011), 158.

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  • Counts of Blois
Hugh I, Count of Blois
Born: after 1197 Died: 9 April 1248
Preceded by
Guy II
Count of Saint Pol
1226–1248
Succeeded by
Guy III
Preceded by
Marie
Count of Blois
with Marie

1230–1241
Succeeded by
John I
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