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Comte Eudes II of Blois & Ctss Ermengarde of Auvergne

1279354120. Comte Eudes II of Blois & 1279354121. Ctss Ermengarde of Auvergne

983, Odo II [Eudes] born in Blois, s/o 2558708240. Odo I of Blois & 2558708241. Bertha de Bourgogne.

989, ‘Odonis comitis [Odo I], Rotberti filii eius [eldest son], Tetbaldi filius eius [2nd son], Odonis alterius filius [Odo II], Hugonis vicecomitis Castridunensis, Raherii de Montigniaco’ subscribed the by which ‘Robert Vicomte de Blois’ donated property to the abbey of Evron.

By 995, Eude’s eldest brother Robert died; his brother Thibaut succeeding.

~990, Ermenguard born in France, d/o §§Seigneur Robert of Auvergne.

7/4/995, Odo’s father died.

10/24/996, Robert II ‘the Pious’ succeeded his father Hugh Capet as King of France.

9/1001, Queen Bertha [Odo’s mother] formally divorced from King Robert. [King Robert would again attempt, unsuccessfully, to marry Bertha in 1008.]


1003-4, Eudes married Matilda, d/o Richard ‘the fearless’, duke of Normandy.

7/11/1004, Eudes succeeded his brother Thibaut as comte de Blois, de Chartres, de Châteaudun et de Tours. [Thibaut buried with his father.]

1004, Count Odo allied with his brother-in-law Richard, duke of Normandy in a coordinated attack on Anjou from west and east. [The campaign never occurred, apparently because of King Robert of France.]

1005, Maud died childless. Maud’s father wanter her dower, half the county of Dreux, returned; which Odo refused, bringing the two of them to war.

[–––Odo & Ermenguarde –––]

1005, Odo married Ermenguarde.

1005, ‘Odonem Campaniensem comitem’ and his wife ‘comitissam Turonensem Ermengardem’ in a joint restoration of ‘Turonis majoris monasterii.’

Aft. 1105, ‘Odonis comitis, Ermengardis uxoris eius, Bertæ reginæ’ subscribed the charter by which ‘comitem Odonem’ donated property to ‘Sancti Petri.’

1105-06, Odo and Duke Richard ‘the fearless’ in sustained hostilities.

9/1007, Odo’s step-father, King Robert of France, imposed a settlement between Odo and Richard. [Odo kept the castle of Dreux, Richard got the land on the Arve River.]

1109-11, There was widespread famine in France.

10/1010, King Robert of France, Queen Bertha, and her son Odo II attended Duke William’s great celebration held at the monastery of Saint-Jean-d'Angély.

Aft. 5/1012, Odo’s mother died. (S) England Under the Angevin Kings, V1, Norgate, 1887, P155.

1013, Count Odo II of Blois supported the election of Gerald of Thouars, a monk of Saint-Florent, as abbot of Saumur to counteract Angevin influence in Poitou. (S) Hagiography and the Cult of Saints, Head, 2005, P222.

1013-14, Odo in conflict with Richard, duke of Normandy over dower lands of his first wife Mathilda; which Richard had confiscated. (S) Monastic Revival, Potts, 1997, P66. [Duke Richard used Viking mercenaries in the war.]

4/22/1015, King Robert attacked Sens. Count Renaud of Sens escaped and took refuge with Odo II.

10/24/1015, Odo II at peace with King Robert after an agreement between the King and Count Renaud of Sens.

1015, ‘Odonis … comitis’ [Eudes] donated part of the county of Beauvais to ‘Rogerius sanctæ Belvacensis sedis … pontifex’, confirmed by Robert II, King of France.

1016, Rodolph III, King of Burgundy, recognized his nephew Emperor Henry II as heir to the throne. [This is going to cause a succession issue when King Henry dies in 1024.]

1016, Renaud, comte de Sens, sought refuge with ‘Odonem Comitem’, with whom he built ‘castrum Monsteriolum … super Sequanæ fluvium.’

1016, Odo invaded the Touraine. [Tours its capital.]

7/1016, Fulk Nerra, count of Anjou, and Herbert of Maine joined forces and defeated Odo at the battle of Pontlevoy.

1119-20, After the death of a cousing without heirs, Odo captured Troyes, Meaux, Champagne and Riems. Because of an alliance between the kings of France and Germany, Odo had to relenquish Reims; but was now Count of Blois and Champagne.

1020, Odo deposed Gerald of Thouars, abbot of Saumur. (S) Hagiography and the Cult of Saints, Head, 2005, P222.

1021, King Robert invested Eudes with the norther counties in Meaux and Troyes on the death of his cousin Stephen. [King Robert took back the counties a year later.] (S) France in the Making, Dunbabin, 2000, P192.

1022, Odo’s succession to Champagne was called into question by King Robert. King Robert submitted his quarrel with Odo  to Duke Richard II of Normandy, who summoned both parties to his court [with little success.] (S) Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought, Burns, 1991, P181.

1022-3, Odo of Blois challenging King Robert’s authority in Reims. (S) Families, Friends, and Allies; Tanner, 2004, P78.

7/1/1024, King Henry II of Germany died; succeeded by King Conrad II. Rodolph III, King of Burgundy, said his declaration of King Henry as his heir was no longer valid. This brought up a possible succession struggle.

1024-25, Odo of Champagne and King Robert of France met at Tours and agreed on a joint campaign into Germany over the succession of Burgundy. [The campaign never materialized.]

12/25/1225, at Tours, Odo of Champagne and the Dukes of Lorraine did homage for their Burgundian lands to King Conrad II.

1026, Count Odo II again attacked the castle of Fulk Nerra at Montboyau; part of the fortifications protecting Tours. Odo built a siege engine, a ‘wooded tower of great height’. Fulk, instead of attacking Odo, launched an attack on and captured Saumur. Odo had to lift his siege. (S) History of the Early Medieval Siege, Purton, 2009, P157.

1027, Count Odo of Blois wrote to King Robert II complaining of the confiscation of his benefice [Reims], without a hearing of his case, even though he had performed his due services. (S) Medieval Law, Harding, 2002, P206.

5/1027, Eudes formerly recognized as Count of Champagne.

1027, Count Alan III of Rennes and Count Odo of Blois made simultaneous campaigns against Fulk Nerra. Fulk penetrated as far as Saumur. (S) Lordship in the County of Maine, Barton, P87.

1028, Eudes, count of Blois, patron of Marmoutier, supported the succession of Albert [who had been dean] as abbot. (S) Haskins Society Journal, Patterson, 2003, 2004, P85.

1028-1029, at Vendome. Act of Count Odo II of Blois freeing the ‘famulus’ Seherius so that he might enter holy orders. Witnessed by Bishop Hubert and 10 others. (S) A Bishop and His World, Fanning, 1988, P118.

1029, Odo II at the castrum of Vendome with ‘an illustrious entourage.’

1030, Ernest, duke of Swabia, deprived of his kingdom by King Conrad II. Ernest attempted, but was unsuccessful, in soliciting the support of Odo of Champagne.

7/20/1031, Henry I became King of France on the death of his father.

4/1032 at Orleans, Baldwin of Flanders, Fulk Nerra, Robert of Burgundy, Robert of Normandy, Herbert of maine, and Odo II of Blois some of the great magnates at the court of King Henry I. (S) Fulk Nerra, Bachrach, 1993, P210.

1032, Odo [unsuccessfully] invaded Burgundy [claimed in right of his mother.]

1032, King Henry I of France, after appointing Gelduin as bishop of Sens, who was opposed by Odo, count of Blois, besieged [but did not take] the town of Sens.

9/6/1032, ‘Odo natus ex filia Chuonradi regis Austrasiorum, Berta nomine’ challenged the accession by Emperor Konrad II to the kingdom of Burgundy [after the death of Odo’s maternal uncle, Rudolf III, King of Burgundy.’] King Conrad II was at the time occupied with a campaign in Poland.

By 12/1032, Odo had captured a large part of Burgundy.

1033, King Conrad made a winter campaign into Burgundy, marching on Basle and Payerne, where he was formerly elected King of Burgundy.

1032-37, ‘Odo comes filius [Odonis comitis]’ confirmed a donation of his father, subscribed by ‘Tetbaldi filii eius, matris eius Ermengardis … Hervei vicecomitis.’

1033, The 1000th anniversary of the death of Christ; a year of famine and torrential rain in France. (S) The Age of Pilgrimage, Sumpton, 2003, P190.

4/1033, King Conrad and King Henry I of France met at Deville on the Muese and formed an alliance against Odo, count of Blois. (S) Papal Reform, Robinson, 2004, P124.

1033, Queen Constance gave half of Sens to Odo, count of Blois, which Odo occupied. King Henry of France beseiged his mother Queen Constance at Poissy, but she escaped.

8/20/1033, Eudes besieged Toul, but was forced to retreat by the emperor.

5/1034, Eudes ravaged the Meuse valley.

1034-37, King Henry of France in a long and successful conflict against Count Odo of Blois.

1035-6, Count Odo II of Blois held considerable influence at the court of Bishop Hugh of Bayeux over the succession of William, illegitimate s/o Robert I, Duke of Normandy, to the ducy of Normandy.

11/14/1037, Eudes captured Bar-sur-Aube, intending to continue to Aix-la-Chapelle.

11/15/1037, Eudes died at the Battle of Commercy [250 km due east of Paris] against Duke Gozelon of Lorraine; buried at Abbaye de Saint Martin, Monoutier, Tours.


Aft. 1042, Ermenguarde died.

(S) Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. (S) Cambridge Medieval History, Vs1-5, Bury. (S) Fulk Nerra, Bachrach, 1993.

Child of Eudes and Ermengarde:

i. Thibaut III of Blois (639677060), born 1012 in Blois.

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