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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2009) Coat of arms of the Latin Empire of Constantinople.

Yolanda of Flanders (1175–1219) ruled the Latin Empire in Constantinople for her husband Peter II of Courtenay from 1217 to 1219.

She was the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Hainault, and Countess Margaret I of Flanders. Two of her brothers, Baldwin I and then Henry, were emperors in Constantinople. After the death of the latter in 1216 there was a brief period without an emperor, before Peter was elected. Peter sent Yolanda to Constantinople while he fought the Despotate of Epirus, during which he was captured. Because his fate was unknown (although he was probably killed), Yolanda ruled as regent. She allied with the Bulgarians against the various Byzantine successor states, and was able to make peace with Theodore I Lascaris of the Empire of Nicaea, who married her daughter. However, she soon died, in 1219.

She was succeeded by her second son Robert of Courtenay because her first son did not want the throne. As Robert was still in France at the time, there was technically no emperor until he arrived in 1221.

Yolanda also held Namur, which she inherited from her uncle Philip of Namur in 1212 and left to her eldest son Philip when she went to Constantinople in 1216.

By Peter of Courtenay she had 10 children:

  1. Philip (d. 1226), Marquis of Namur, who declined the offer of the crown of the Latin Empire
  2. Robert of Courtenay (d. 1228), Latin Emperor
  3. Henry (d. 1229), Marquis of Namur
  4. Baldwin II of Constantinople (d. 1273)
  5. Margaret, Marchioness of Namur, who married first Raoul d'Issoudun and then Henry count of Vianden
  6. Elizabeth, who married Walter count of Bar and then Eudes sire of Montagu
  7. Yolanda de Courtenay, who married Andrew II of Hungary
  8. Eleanor, who married Philip of Montfort, Lord of Tyre
  9. Marie de Courtenay, who married Theodore I Lascaris of the Empire of Nicaea
  10. Agnes, who married Geoffrey II Villehardouin, Prince of Achaea

Regnal titles Preceded by Peter II of Courtenay Latin Empress of Constantinople 1217–1219 Succeeded by Robert of Courtenay Royal titles Preceded by Maria of Bulgaria Latin Empress consort of Constantinople 1216–1217 Succeeded by Lady of Neuville This page was last modified on 28 August 2010 at 11:31.

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Yolande de Hainaut's Timeline

1175
1175
Flanders, Belgium
1180
1180
Age 5
1193
July 1, 1193
Age 18
Soissons, Picardy, France
1194
1194
Age 19
Of, Mareuil-En-Brie, Marne, France
1194
Age 19
Constantinople, *ca 1194, Latin Empire
1195
1195
Age 20
France
1197
1197
Age 22
1199
1199
Age 24
Courtenay, Loiret, France
1201
1201
Age 26
France
1202
1202
Age 27
France