Henry III, Duke of Brabant

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Henry of Brabant

Dutch: Hendrik van Brabant, III
Also Known As: "de barmhartige"
Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Brabant
Death: February 28, 1261 (27-35)
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 Hendrik IV van Brabant; Jan I, Hertog van Brabant; Godfried van Brabant, heer van Aarschot and Maria of Brabant
Brother of Lady Matilda van Brabant de Sutton; Mathilde van Brabant; Beatrix van Brabant, Gravin van Vlaanderen; Maria of Brabant; Filips van Brabant and 2 others
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
Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
Age 22
Age 25
Brussel, België
Age 26
Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
February 28, 1261
Age 31
Louvain (Leuven), Brabant, Belgium