Stephen II, Count of Blois

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Étienne II Henri de Blois-Champagne

Also Known As: "Stephen Henry de Blois", "Étienne-Henri", "Stephen II Henry", ""the Crusader"", "Count of Blois and Chartres", "Etienne Henri", "Count of Blois", "Comte de Blois", "de Chartres", "de Meaux et de Champagne"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France
Death: Died in Ramla, Israel
Cause of death: Killed in the 1st Crusade at the second Battle of Ramleh
Place of Burial: Ramla, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Thibaut, count of Blois & Champagne and Gersende du Maine
Husband of Adela, countess of Blois
Partner of NN Mistress
Father of Emma de Blois-Champagne; Gilette de Blois-Champagne; Agnès Alix du Puiset; Adélaïde Nicole de Blois; Thibault IV de Blois, II de Champagne and 10 others
Brother of Gilbert de Venables, Sr.; Magdalen Cecily de Blois and Bules Count of Blois and Chartres
Half brother of Hugues I, comte de Troyes; Eudes de Blois, IV; Philippe de Blois, évêque de Châlons en Champagne; Fulco I d'Este and Hughues d'Este, comte du Maine

Occupation: Comte de Blois and Chartres 1089-1102; Comte de Châteaudun & de Meaux; Comte de Provins; Seigneur de Sancerre
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Stephen II, Count of Blois

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,_Count_of_Blois

Stephen II Henry (c. 1045 – 19 May 1102), (in French, Étienne Henri), Count of Blois and Count of Chartres, was the son of Theobald III, count of Blois, and Garsinde du Maine. He married Adela of Normandy, a daughter of William the Conqueror around 1080 in Chartres.

Count Stephen was one of the leaders of the First Crusade, often writing enthusiastic letters to Adela about the crusade's progress. He returned home in 1098 during the lengthy siege of Antioch, without fulfilling his crusading vow to forge a way to Jerusalem. He was pressured by Adela into making a second pilgrimage, and joined the minor crusade of 1101 in the company of others who had also returned home prematurely. In 1102, Stephen was killed in the Battle of Ramla at the age of fifty-seven.

Stephen and Adela's children were:

1.William, Count of Sully (d.1150), Count of Chartres married Agnes of Sulli (d. aft 1104) and had issue.

2.Theobald II, Count of Champagne

3.Odo, died young.

4.Stephen, King of England

5.Lucia-Mahaut, married Richard d'Avranches, 2nd Earl of Chester. Both drowned on 25 November 1120.

6.Agnes, married Hugh III of Le Puiset

7.Eléonore (d. 1147) married Raoul I of Vermandois (d. 1152) and had issue; they were divorced in 1142.

8.Alix (d. 1145) married Renaud III of Joigni (d. 1134) and had issue

9.Lithuise (d. 1118) married Milo de Brai, Viscount of Troyes (divorced 1115)

10.Henry, Bishop of Winchester

11.Humbert, died young.

Lithuise, who married Milon of Troyes, viscount of Troyes, was possibly his sister and not his daughter, judging from the dates of her children.

He had an illegitimate daughter Emma, who was the mother of William of York, archbishop of York.

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Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
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