~1160, Jamie born in northern France.
~1160, Matilda born in La Roche [in Belgium.]
1171, Jaime, Lord of Avesnes, Conde and Leuze.
1175-6, James of Avesnes in a revolt against his overlord Philip of Alsace, count of Flanders. (S) Writing War, Saunders, 2004, P30.
9/18/1180, Philip Augustus succeeded as King of France.
1185, James of Avesnes died homage to Philip Augustus. (S) Kingdoms and Communities, Reynolds, 1984, P54.
5/18/1189, James went on crusade to the holy land; leaving in a fleet of 60 ships from Cologne.
2/1189, James of Avesnes and his army of crusaders were driven ashore in Portugal by a storm. James helped Sancho I reconquer some of his lands taken by Moslems. (S) Orders of the Knighthood, Tagore, 1884, P79.
9/6/1189, James and Sancho captured the town of Silves.
1189, James’ forces reached the Holy land.
By 10/12/1190, The crusaders were besieging Acre; more as a individual units than a coordinated army. James forces were between those of Guy of Lusignan to his north, and the Germans to his south.
6/5/1191, English forces under command of King Richard I arrived at Acre.
7/1191, Acre fell to the crusaders.
7/31/1191, Philip of Alsace, count of Flanders had died. King Philip returned to France leaving 10,000 French crusaders under the command of Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy.
9/5/1191, Jacques, hero of the 3rd crusade, killed at the Battle of Arsuf. (S) Ideals and Practice of Medieval Knighthood, V2, 1988, P34.
(S) History of the Crusades, V2, Setton, 2006.
Child of James and Matilda:
i. Bouchard IV of Avesnes (23638800), born 1182 in Flanders.