Godfrey I "the Bearded"

Male Abt 1060 - 1140  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name Godfrey I "the Bearded"   [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Abt 1060  Lorraine Inferie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Gender Male 
    Fact Duke of Lower Lorraine Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Fact Margrave of Antwerp Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Fact 1 Count of Louvain Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 25 Jan 1139/40  Jerusalem, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5
    Buried Effinghem Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Godfrey I (c.1060 ? 25 January 1139), called the Bearded, the Courageous, or the Great, was the landgrave of Brabant, and count of Brussels and Leuven (or Louvain) from 1095 to his death and duke of Lower Lorraine (as Godfrey V or VI) from 1106 to 1129. He was also margrave of Antwerp from 1106 to his death.

      Godfrey was the son of Henry II of Leuven and a countess called Adela (origin unknown). He succeeded his brother Henry III in 1095. He first came into conflict with Otbert, Bishop of Li╦ge, over the county of Brunengeruz that both claimed. In 1099, Emperor Henry IV allotted the county to the bishop, who entrusted it to Albert III, Count of Namur. Godfrey arbitrated a dispute between Henry III of Luxembourg and Arnold I, Count of Looz, over the appointment of the abbot of Saint-Trond.

      Godfrey was in favour with the emperor and defended his interests in Lorraine. In 1102, he stopped Robert II of Flanders, who was invading the Cambraisis. After the death of the emperor in 1106, his son and successor, Henry V, who had been in rebellion, decided to avenge himself on his father's partisans. Duke Henry of Lower Lorraine was imprisoned and his duchy confiscated and given to Godfrey. After Henry escaped from prison, he tried to retake his duchy and captured Aachen, but ultimately failed.

      In 1114, during a rift between the emperor and Pope Paschal II, Godfrey led a revolt in Germany. In 1118, the emperor and the duke were reconciled. In 1119, Baldwin VII of Flanders died heirless and Flanders was contested between several claimants, of which William of Ypres had married a niece of Godfrey's second wife. Godfrey supported William, but could not enforce his claim against that of Charles the Good. Also dead in that year was Otbert. Two separate men were elected to replace him and Godfrey again sided with the loser.

      By marrying his daughter Adeliza to Henry I of England, who was also the father-in-law of the emperor, he greatly increased his prestige. However, Henry V died in 1125 and Godfrey supported Conrad of Hohenstaufen, the duke of Franconia, against Lothair of Supplinburg. Lothair was elected. Lothair withdrew the duchy of Lower Lorraine and granted it to Waleran, the son of Henry, whom Henry V had deprived in 1106. Nonetheless, Godfrey maintained the margraviate of Antwerp and retained the ducal title (which would in 1183 become Duke of Brabant).

      After the assassination of Charles the Good in 1127, the Flemish succession was again in dispute. William Clito prevailed, but was soon fraught with revolts. Godfrey intervened on behalf of Thierry of Alsace, who prevailed against Clito. Godfrey continued to war against Li╦ge and Namur.

      Godfrey spent his last years in the abbey of Affligem. He died of old age on 25 January 1139 and was buried in the left aisle of the abbey church. He is sometimes said to have passed in 1140, but this is an error.
    Person ID I37010  Main Tree
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2016 

    Father Henry II,   b. Abt 1020/21, of Brabant Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1078/9  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Adelaide Of The BETUWE,   b. Abt 1045,   d. Aft 1086  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F14425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ida Of Chiny And NAMUR,   b. 1083, Namur, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1125  (Age > 43 years) 
    Married Abt 1100  [2
    Married Abt 1105  [5
    Children 
     1. Adela Of LOUVAIN,   b. Between 1103 and 1105, Brabant, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 23 Mar and 23 Apr 1151, Afflingham, Flanders, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)  [Birth]
     2. Ida Princess Of Lower LORRAINE,   b. Abt 1106, Brabant, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     3. Godfrey II,   b. Abt 1108, Louvain, Brabant Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1142  (Age ~ 34 years)  [Birth]
     4. Jocelin LOUVAIN,   b. Abt 1123, Louvain, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1180, Egmanaton, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F02307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Clemence Of BURGUNDY 
    Married Abt 1121  [2
    Family ID F14424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsFact - - Duke of Lower Lorraine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - - Margrave of Antwerp Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jan 1139/40 - Jerusalem, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Effinghem Link to Google Earth
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