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Duke Eudes III of Burgundy & Duchess Alix de Vergy

 189125340. Duke Eudes III of Burgundy & 189125341. Duchess Alix de Vergy

1166, Eudes (Odo) born in Burgundy, France, eldest s/o 378250680. Hugh III & 378250681. Alix of Lorainne.

1182, Alice born in Prenois-en-Montage, France, d/o §§Seigneur Hugues de Vergy & Gillette de Trainel.

1171, ‘Hugo dux Burgundie … Aeliz ducissa Burgundie cum Odone [Odo] filio meo’ donated property to Cîteaux abbaye.

9/18/1180, Philip Augustus succeeded Louis VII as King of France.

1186, ‘Hugo…dux Burgundiæ et Albonii comes’ confirmed with ‘assensu filiorum meorum Oddonis [Eudes] et Alexandri’ the concession to Cluny by ‘consanguineæ meæ Matildi comitissæ Tornodori.’

12/1188, ‘Hugo Burgundie dux et Albonii comes’ donated property to the Templars at Beaune, with the support of ‘Beatricis uxoris mee et … filiorum meorum Odonis [Eudes], Alexandri et Dalphini’.

6/1190, Eudes regent of Burgundy after his father had left on crusade.

1191, ‘Odo filius Hugonis ducis Burgundie’ granted privileges to the abbey of Autun Saint-Martin.

8/25/1192, Eudes became Duke of Burgundy on the death of his father [who died in the Holy Land.]

1193, Eudes founded the monastery of Val-de-Choux of the order of La Trappe.


2/1194, Eudes married Teresa, d/o 94555154. King Alfonso Henriques I of Portugal & 94555155. Queen Mafalda of Savoy.

1195, Eudes repudiated Teresa on the grounds of consanguinity.

1197, Etienne III Comte d'Auxonne, took the title of Earl of Auxonne as a vassal of the duke of Burgundy. [This started successive wars between rival families.]

1197, Alix with her father & mother: ‘Huo dominus Virgeii’ donated property to the Templars, with the consent of ‘domina Gilla uxor dicti Huonis, Guillermus, Huo filii sui, Alais (189125341) et Nicholeta filie sue.’

1198, Odo, duke of Burgundy made an agreement with King Philip of France. (S) Loss of Normandy, Powicke, 1999, P121.

[––Eudes & Alice––]

5/1199, Eudes married Alice; acquiring the fortress of Vergy.

1200, Eudes mother died.

1200, “We, Odo, duke of Burgundy, make known to all men, present and future, that we have received our relative and faithful subject, Theobald of Troyes, as our man for the land which his father, count Henry, held of our father, Hugo, duke of Burgundy, just as the his father, count Henry, was the man of our father.” [Thibaut III, Comte de Champagne, did homage to the duke of Burgundy.] (S) Source Book for Medieval History, Thatcher, 1905 P371.

1201, On the death of Thibaut, count of Champagne, leadership of a newly planned crusade was offered by Pope Innocent III to Odo; which he turned down. (S) Pope Innocent III, Moore, 2003, P107.

1201-2, Odo III gave assistance to Stephen of Chalon against Philip of Swabia. (S) The New Cambridge Medieval History, V5, 1999, P359.

5/1203, Eudes, duke of Burgundy; Blanch, countess of Troyes; Herve, count of Nevers, [15 in all] signed a letter to King Philip urging him to resist papal efforts to impose a peace agreement with King John of England. (S) Government of Philip Augustus, Baldwin, 1986, P194.

1203, Eudes renounced his rights to the duchy of Lorainne.

8/1203, Eudes met with King Philip and the other magnates at Mantes.

1204, Blanche of Navarre and Odo, duke of Burgundy, signed a percursus agreement [that they would not keep each other’s serfs, but would mutually surrender them.]

1204, Eudes built a church dedicated to the Holy Ghost at Dijon. (S) Christian Iconography, Pt1, Didron, 2003, P437.

11/1204, Odo III wrote a letter about a confiscated fief-rent.

1205, Pope Innocent III called for stricter control of Jews and their lending policies. Eudes protested the proposed policies of the Pope. (S) Pope Innocent III, Moore, 2003, P144.

1205, Eudes, duke of Burgundy, lodged a formal protest with Pope Innocent III over the marriage of Herve of Donzy with Mathilda, heiress of the counts of Nevers. (S) Social France, Luchaire, 1912, P291.

11/17/1207, Pope Innocent III called for the ‘Albigensian’ crusade—this time, against a country of fellow Christians, led by Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse, prince of all the territories in southern France where the langue d’oc was spoken. [The Cathars’ intepretation of the bible was different from the Pope’s.] The letter was addressed to King Philip, the Counts of Vermandois, Blois, Bar and Nevers, and Odo, duke of Burgundy. (S) History of Latin Christianity, Vs5-6, Milman, 1892, P175.

5/1208, A  letter of Philip Augustus, specifically permitting his vassals Odo, Duke of Burgundy, and Count of Nevers to crusade if they wished; but restricted them to a maximun of 500 knights. (S) The Occitan War, Marvin, 2008, P34.

5/1/1209, At an assembly at Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, in the presence of Arnaud Aimery, Odo of Burgundy, and the counts of Nevers and St. Pol, King Philip of France promised a royal contingent for the upcoming crusade, but said he could not attend in person. (S) God’s War, Tyerman, 2006, P589.

6/1209, Eudes participated in the crusade against the Cathars; which was led by Simon de Montfort; departing from Lyon, France; then traveling down the Rhine. [Estimated army of 20,000.]

7/1209, The crusaders reached Montpellier, where about 2000 additional ‘southern’ crusaders joined the group.

7/22/1209, The crusaders reached Beziers. The city fell to a siege and many [possibly 20,000] were massacred when a fire erupted.

8/6/1209, The crusaders attacked Carcassone from the north; then the next day from the south. The city surrendered after 8 days. Simon de Montfort was chosen as the new vicount of Beziers and Carcassonne [Eudes had previously refused the offer – the crusade was expected to last for several years.] Many of the crusaders returned home, but Eudes stayed on at the request of Arnau Amalric.

1209, Eudes and the remaining crusaders went into the Aude valley, where they found empty villages. Eudes recommended an expedition against the castle at Cabaret in the Montagne Noire, north of Carcassonne.

9/1209, After the initial assault against the castle failed, Eudes, ‘crucesignatus contra hereticos Albigenses’, returned to France with most of the knights.

1209, Odo III, duke of Burgundy, named in a letter about the rights at Chablis: ‘Philip king of France, Odo duke of Burgundy, Herve count of Nevers, … unanimously agree and by public consent confirm …’ (S) Toward a Definition of Antisemitism, Langmuir, 1996, P144.

10/1210, Odo III, duke of Burgundy, and Blanche of Champage agreed to not retain each other’s Jews. (S) Towards a Definition of Antisemitism, Langmuir, 1996, P145.

1/1211, Odo III, duke of Burgundy, wrote a letter about the sale of Gillancourt.

4/1213, ‘Odo dux Burgundie’ confirmed the donation by ‘domina Egidia, mater Alaidis uxoris mee ducisse Burgundie’ to Colunge.

1213, Odo, duke of Burgundy, arbitrated a case between Blanche of Champagne and the Bishop of Langres, William of Joinville. (S) Aristocracy in the County of Champagne, Evergates, 2007, P288.

9/12/1213, Eudes and Simon de Montfort defeated the combined forces of Raymond of Toulouse and Pedro II of Aragon at the battle of Muret.

7/27/1214, Eudes, commander of the right wing, in the army of King Philip Augustus at the battle of Bouvines, near Tournai in Flanders. The French King’s forces of 10,000 defeated an alliance of England, the Holy Roman Empire, and rebellious French principalities, numbering 15,000. [Eudes supposedly lost two mounts during the battle.] (S) Art of Warfare in Western Europe, Verbruggen, 1997, P242.

Aft. 7/1215, Eudes, duke of Burgundy, and the Archbishop of Rheims ratified a declaration associated with the succession of Champagne. (S) Historical Account – Parliaments of France, V1, Boulainvillers, 1739, P165.

1216, Odo III formed an alliance with the Blanche of Champagne [there was civil war in both Champagne and Burgundy]. (S) The New Cambridge Medieval History, V5, 1999, P362.

1217-8, Emperor Frederick II helped King Philip of France and Eudes III, duke of Burgundy, end the war of succession in Champagne. (S) Holy Roman Emperors, P163.

7/6/1218, Eudes died on his way to rejoin the crusades; buried in the Abbaye de Citeaux. [About 100 miles west of Zurich.]


Alix governed Burgundy as regent for her son.

1231, Alix’s son became Duke of Burgundy.

3/1251, Alix died; buried in the Abbaye de Citeaux.

(S) A Most Holy Warm Pegg, 2008. (S) Littere Baronum, Evergates, 2003, P168. (S) Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

Child of Eudes and Alice:

i. Hugh IV of Burgundy (94562670), born 3/9/1213 in Burgundy.

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