Boudewijn VII Hapkin, count of Flanders

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Boudewijn "met de Bijl" van Vlaanderen

Also Known As: "Boudewijn met de Bijl", "Hapkin", "Baldwin VII of Flanders", "Baudouin VII", "Boudewyn VII de Flandre"
Birthdate: (26)
Birthplace: Vlaanderen
Death: July 17, 1119 (26)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert II le Hiérosolymitain, comte de Flandre and Clemence de Bourgogne, Comtesse de Burgundy
Ex-husband of Hawise Fergant de Bretagne

Occupation: Count of Flanders
Managed by: Ofir Friedman
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About Boudewijn VII Hapkin, count of Flanders


Boudewijn VII, graaf van Vlaanderen werd ook 'Hapkin' of 'Boudewijn met de Bijl' genoemd.

Voor een zeer volledige beschrijving van zijn leven, zie de thesis Boudewijn VII Hapkin, een witte ridder uit de 12de eeuw van Bram Brutsaert.

Zijn kortstondig huwelijk met Havice (Agnes) de Bretagne bleef kinderloos. Sommige bronnen maken melding van een tweede huwelijk, maar sluitend bewijs bestaat daar niet van.



The Genealogica Comitum Flandriæ Bertiniana names (in order) "Balduinum et Guillelmum" as sons of "Rodbertus [et] Clementiam".

His parentage is recorded by Orderic Vitalis, who says that he was "still a boy" when he succeeded his father in 1111 as Baudouin VII Count of Flanders.

He refused to return her marriage portion to his mother, who instigated a rebellion of south Flemish barons with the help of Baudouin III Comte de Hainaut, but was forced to submit. William of Malmesbury and Orderic Vitalis record that Count Baudouin supported Guillaume "Clito" de Normandie against Henry I King of England in 1118, invaded Normandy as far as Arques, but in Sep 1118 was wounded "for his helmet being battered with repeated strokes, he received an injury to his brain". He passed the last ten months of his life in the monastery of St Bertin. He designated Charles of Denmark as his successor on his deathbed, although the accuracy of this statement is dubious if his brain injuries were severe.

The Annales Blandinienses record that "Balduinus comes, Rodberti iunioris et Clementiæ filius" was 26 years old when he became a monk after a distinguished military career. The Vita Karoli Comitis Flandriæ records the death "1119 XV Kal Iulii" of Count Baudouin, and his burial at St Bertin.

He divorced Havise de Bretagne, daughter of Alain IV "Fergant" Duke of Brittany & his second wife Ermengarde d'Anjou. The Genealogica Comitum Flandriæ Bertiniana refers to the wife of "Balduinum comitem" as "filiam Alani Fregani comitis Brittaniæ", but does not name her. The Flandria Generosa names "filiam Alani comitis Brittaniæ" as the wife of "Balduinus Inclitus", specifying that they were separated by Pope Pascal II on grounds of consanguinity. The Chronicon Briocensi names "Conanum et Hazevisiam" as the two children of "Alanus filius primogenitus [Hoelli]" and his wife "Ermengardem filiam Comitis Andegavensis".

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Boudewijn VII Hapkin, count of Flanders's Timeline

July 17, 1119
Age 26
Age 26