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Henry of Brabant

Dutch: Hendrik van Brabant, III
Also Known As: "de barmhartige"
Death: Died in Louvain (Leuven), Brabant, Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry II, duke of Brabant and Maria von Hohenstaufen
Husband of Alix (Adelheid) of Burgundy
Father of Jan I, hertog van Brabant; Hendrik IV van Brabant; Maria of Brabant and Godfried van Brabant, heer van Aarschot
Brother of Matilda van Brabant de Sutton; Mathilde van Brabant; Beatrix van Brabant, gravin van Vlaanderen; Filips van Brabant; Herzogin Maria de Brabant and 1 other
Half brother of Elizabeth van Brabant; Hendrik van Brabant, Landgraf von Hessen and Adelheid Landgräfin von Hessen

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About Henry III, duke of Brabant

Henry III of Brabant (c. 1230 – February 28, 1261, Leuven) was Duke of Brabant between 1248 and his death. He was the son of Henry II of Brabant and Marie of Hohenstaufen.

The disputed territory of Lothier, the former Duchy of Lower Lorraine, was assigned to him by the German King Alfonso X of Castile. Alfonso also appointed him Imperial Vicar to advance his claims on the Holy Roman Empire.

In 1251, he married Adelaide of Burgundy (c. 1233 – October 23, 1273), daughter of Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, by whom he had four children:

  1. Henry IV, Duke of Brabant (c. 1251 – aft. 1272)
  2. John I, Duke of Brabant (1253–1294)
  3. Godfrey of Brabant, Lord of Aarschot (d. July 11, 1302, Kortrijk), killed at the Battle of the Golden Spurs, married 1277 Jeanne Isabeau de Vierzon (d. aft. 1296)
  4. Maria of Brabant (1256, Leuven – January 12, 1321, Murel), married at Vincennes on August 27, 1274 to King Philip III of France.

He also had one illegitimate son:

   * Gilles, ancestor of the van der Balch family.


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Henry III, duke of Brabant's Timeline

April 3, 1252
Age 22
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Age 22
May 13, 1254
Age 24
Louvain, Brabant, Belgium
Age 25
Brussel, België
February 28, 1261
Age 31
Louvain (Leuven), Brabant, Belgium