Maud, Countess of Leicester

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Maud Plantagenet

Also Known As: "Countess of Leicester", "Countess of Hainault", "Matilda of Lancaster"
Birthplace: Bolingbroke Castle, Lindsey
Death: Died in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Isabel de Beaumont, Duchess of Lancaster
Wife of Ralph Stafford, II and Wilhelm I von Bayern
Sister of Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster

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About Maud, Countess of Leicester

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Maud of Lancaster (4 April 1339 – 10 April 1362), also known as Matilda, Countess of Hainault, was a 14th-century English noblewoman who married into the Bavarian royal family.

The eldest daughter of Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Earl of Leicester, and his wife Isabel de Beaumont, she was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lindsey.


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  • 2 Inheritance
  • 3 Sources


She was married firstly to Ralph Stafford, whilst still a child. Following his death, she married secondly, in 1352, to William V, Count of Holland, Zeeland and Hainault, a member of the Wittelsbach Bavarian royal family.


The Duchy of Lancaster (First Creation) became extinct upon her father's death in 1361, however Maud became co-heiress, with her sister Blanche of Lancaster, to her father's estates and remaining titles. The title Earl of Leicester passed to her second husband who was confined due to insanity from 1358 until death in 1389, whilst the Earldom of Lancaster passed to her younger sister's husband, John of Gaunt. Maud died a year later without surviving issue (her only child, a daughter by William V, having died in 1356), so the remainder of her father's inheritance passed to Blanche and John of Gaunt upon her death. That inheritance provided the political and financial foundation of the House of Lancaster, with the Lancastrian King Henry IV of England being Maud's nephew.


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Maud, Countess of Leicester's Timeline

April 4, 1339
Bolingbroke Castle, Lindsey
November 1, 1344
Age 5
Of, Tonbridge, Kent, England
Age 12
April 10, 1362
Age 23
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
March 11, 1935
Age 23
March 12, 1935
Age 23
February 1, 1994
Age 23
March 18, 1994
Age 23