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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Duke Hendrik III of Limburg & Duchess Sophie von Saarbruken

 47277608. Duke Hendrik III of Limburg & 47277609. Duchess Sophie von Saarbruken

~1140, Hendrik born in Limburg [Belgium], s/o §§Duke Hendrik II of Limburg & Mathilde von Saffenberg.

~1155, Sophie born in Europe.

1147, Hendrik II [the father] inherited Arlon from his younger brother Waleran [Hendrik III’s uncle].

1151, Hendrik’s grandmother Jutta died. Henri Bishop of Li├Ęge confirmed the donations by ‘domina Jutta, nobilissima matrona uxor ducis Walrami de Lemburg’ to Rolduc abbey, which records the presence at her burial in Rolduc of ‘filii eiusdem Henricus et Gerardus et filiolus Domini Heinrici …’ (S) Medieval Chronicle, Kooper, P78.

8/19/1167, Hendrik succeeded his father who died in Rome.

1169, Baldwin V and his father, with 700 knights of Hainaut, supported Henry, count of Namur and Luxembourg in war with Duke Henry of Limbourg.

1171, ‘Henricus filius domini Henrici filii ducis Walerami de Lymburg’, donated property inherited by him and by ‘sorore nostra domina Margareta ducissa de Lovanio … atque domino Godefrido marito eius duce de Lovanio’, to Rolduc abbey by charter which names ‘domino Herimanno, avunculo nostro, comite de Saphinberg.’

1172, Hendrik, duke of Limburg, attacked at the main castle at Arlon, by the Henry, count of Namur and Luxembourg, and Baldwin, count of Hainaut.

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

1183, Hendrik supported the election of Fulmar as archbishop of Trier [opposed by Emperor Frederick who wanted Rudolf, provost of St. Peter, to have the position.]

1187, In the valley of the Ailette [called the golden vale], Raoul de Coucy honored the Duke of Limburg, and the Counts of Hainaut, Namur, Soissons, Blois, and others with a festival. (S) France and America, Tardieu, 1927, P90.

1189, Duke Henry of Limbourg, uncle of Henry the younger, duke of Louvain, seized all the properties of Count Conon of Duras and sold the advocacy of Saint-Trond to Count Gerard of Looz.

1191, By treaty at the end of a long war, Hendrik, duke of Limburg, became a vassal of Henry, duke of Brabant. (S) Secretum Scriptorum, Prevenier, 1999, P71.

1192, The duke of Lovain, with Henry, duke of Limbourg, his uncle, invaded the count of Hochstaden’s land, capturing many castles; but not the strongest at Ahr. [Count Hochstaden was implicated in the murder of Albert, the rival for the position of Bishop of Liege, who’s brother Lothar was also a contender – but swore he had nothing to do with the murder.]

1/1193, The dukes of Lovain and Limbourg were joined in rebellion by the landgraves of Thuringia and Meifsen, King Ottokar of Bohemia, the archbishop of Mainz, and the Saxon Welf and Zahringer families. (S) Social Politics of Medieval Diplomacy, Huffman, 2000, P140.

6/29/1193, The leaders of the rebelling factions, inluding Henry, duke of Limburg, met with Richard, King of England, who was in captivity in Hagenau, Germany. [After this meeting, King Richard asked for a re-convening of his court at Worms.] (S) Troubadour’s Song, Boyle, 2005, P201.

10/1193, Simon, s/o Hendrik, through the support of his father and his cousin the duke of Brabant, became bishop-elect of Liege. (S) Studies in Medieval History, Powicke, 1969, P93.

1194, King Richard of England granted annual money fiefs to the Archbishop of Cologne and Henry, duke of Limburg. (S) Medieval Empire, V1, 1898, P274.

1194, Henry, duke of Lothier; Henry, duke of Limburg, the Counts of Holland, Juliers, Dasburg, and Viaden; allied with Henri, duke of Brabant, lost a battle against Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut & Flanders.

1196, Founding of Vallis Sancti Lamberti abbey: Henricus [Hendrik] de Lemborc, with the consent of, filiorum meorum Henrici, Waleranni [Walerand], Frederici et Gerardi.

3/29/1198, Otto IV became King of Germany. [Rival of Philip of Swabia – Otto deposed in 1215.] Henry and his son Walram became supports of Otto.

7/12/1198 at Aachen, Waleran with his father, Duke Hendrik III of Limburg, at the coronation of Otto, King of Germany.

1201, Henry, duke of Limburg, supported Louis van Loon in his attack on William, Count of Holland. (S) History of Holland, V1, Davies, 1841, P60.

1202, Henricus [Hendrik] filius Henrici filii Walerami ducis de Limburg, donated property to Rolduc abbey, with the consent of, filiis meis Henrico, Waleramo [Walerand], Friderico, Gerardo, ac filiabus meis Jutta de Valkenburg et Mathilde.

1/6/1205, At Achen, 2 archbishops [of Cologne and Treves] called an assembly attended by all the Lotharingian princes except the Duke of Limburg, who absented himself.

1205, Henry and his son Waleran, with the Archbishop Siegfried of Mayence, prepared the city of Cologne against attack. (S) Cambridge Medieval History, Gwatkin, 1967.

1208, Pope Innocent III deposed Adolf, archbishop of Cologne. King Philip of France raised an army to reinstall Adolf. King Otto IV of Germany assembled troops under the command of Henry, duke of Limburg, to assist in the defence of Cologne. (S) Medieval Popes, Busk, 1854, P482.

11/11/1208, Otto IV elected Holy Roman Emperor.

1210, Construction of St. Georges church started in Limburg. (S) Medieval Germany, Jeep, 2001, P706.

1212, King John of England sent a letter to Henry, duke of Limburg, about a fee that had been granted him by his brother King Richard [1189-99]. (S) History of England, Turner, 1830, P460.

1213, Hendrik, duke of Limburg received 400 marks, and Waleran de Limburg received £50 from King John for their support. (S) The Gentleman’s magazine, V163, P157.

10/13/1213, Henry ‘the old’, duke of Limburg, in command of the right flank of the forces of the Hugh of Pierrepont, bishop of Liege, and Ferdinand of Portugal, at the Battle of Steppes. At the battle they defeated Henry, duke of Brabant. (S) Western Warfare, France, 1999, P169. [One of the earliest battles where a professional army was beaten by a civilian army.]

7/27/1214, Hendrik, on the losing side at the Battle of Bouvines in support of King John of England. [Hendrik’s son Waleran fought on the opposite side supporting King Philip Augustus.] (S) Aristocratic Life in the Medieval France, Baldwin, 2002, P41.

7/27/1214, William, earl of Salisbury, leader of the English forces supporting Otto IV of Germany against France, 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 in 3 hours. The French captured 130 knights and Ferdinand of Flanders.

1215, Sophie died. (S) Royalty for Commoners, Stuart, 1995, P10.


1215, Henry, duke of Limburg, an imperial commander at the Battle of Barlminea.

5/19/1218, Otto IV died.

6/21/1221, Henri, duke of Limburg and count of Arlon, died at Klosterrath; buried at Rode abbey.

(S) Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. (S) Chronicle of Hainaut, Gislebertus, 2005.

Family notes:

·         §§Hendrik II van Limburg (d.8/19/1167), s/o §§Walram II Graaf van Limburg (d.1139) & Jutta von Waswenberg (d.1151).

·         §§Mathilde von Saffenberg, d/o §§Count Adolf von Saffenberg (d.1158), s/o Adelbert. (S) The Medieval Chronicle, Kooper, 1999, P77.

Child of Hendrik and Sophie:

i. Waleran III of Limburg (23638804), born ~1175 in Limburg.

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