Adelaide of Holland

Female - 1284


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  • Name Adelaide of Holland  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 1284  [1
    Buried 09 Apr 1284  Valenciennes, Hainaut, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Adelaide of Holland, Countess of Hainaut (Dutch: Aleide (Aleidis) van Holland; c. 1230 - buried 9 April 1284, Valenciennes) was a daughter of Floris IV, Count of Holland and Matilda of Brabant. She was also a sister of William II, Count of Holland and King of Germany. She acted as regent for her nephew Count Floris V during his minority.

      Life

      On 9 October 1246, Adelaide married John I of Avesnes, Count of Hainaut. Like her mother, she was a patron of religious houses. Her religious interest is reflected in that three of her sons became bishops, and her one daughter became an abbess. She also insisted on a bilingual education for them.

      Between 1258 and 1263, Adelaide was regent of Holland in the name of her nephew Floris V. She called herself Guardian of Holland and Zeeland (Tutrix de Hollandie et Zeelandie). After he came of age, she continued to advise him. She died in 1284, but in 1299, with the death of Floris' son John I, it was her own son John II who inherited Holland through her.

      She gave Town privileges to Schiedam, which afterwards had the right to be called a city. In it she founded Huis te Riviere, which was then the second largest castle in Holland.

      Jacob van Maerlant dedicated his first poem, Geesten, to Adelaide.

      Issue

      With John I, she had the following issue:

      John II, Count of Hainaut and Holland (1247-1304)
      Baldwin (born after 1247, lived in 1299)
      Joanna, abbess of Flines (died 1304)
      Bouchard, Bishop of Metz (1251-1296)
      Guy, Bishop of Utrecht (1253-1317)
      William, Bishop of Cambrai (1254-1296)
      Floris, stadholder of Zeeland and Prince of Achaea (1255-1297)
    Person ID I5305  Bosdet Genealogy
    Last Modified 16 May 2013 

    Father Floris, IV Count of Holland,   b. 24 Jun 1210, The Hague Netherlands Temple, 's-Gravenhage, S-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1234, Corbie, Somme, Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Matilde of Brabant,   b. Abt 1200,   d. 22 Dec 1267  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Bef 06 Dec 1224  [2
    Family ID F2095  Group Sheet

    Family John, I Count of Hainaut,   b. 01 May 1218, Houffalize, Luxembourg, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1257, Valenciennes, Hainaut, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 09 Oct 1246  [1
    Children 
     1. John, II Count of Holland,   b. 1247,   d. 22 Aug 1304  (Age 57 years)
    Family ID F2058  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S174] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_of_Holland.

    2. [S174] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floris_IV,_Count_of_Holland.