Judith of Lorraine

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About Judith of Lorraine

Her origin is unknown, three possible origins have been suggested:


1. [ JUDITH ([1020/30]-). In the commentary to "Li Estoire de Jerusalem et d'Antioche", the wife of Manassès is referred to as an unnamed daughter of Godefroi "le Barbu" Duke of Lower Lotharingia, therefore sister of Ida who married Eustache [II] Comte de Boulogne[278]. If this is correct, it would provide an explanation for the evidently close family relationship between Baudouin I King of Jerusalem and his successor King Baudouin II, the exact nature of which has not been proved in other sources. While no primary source has yet been identified which provides direct confirmation of this hypothesis, the charter dated [1065/66] under which "dux et marchio Godefridus…uxoris mee Beatricis" confirmed the rights of the church of Verdun Saint-Vanne was issued with the consent of "comitis Manasse" and is subscribed by "comitis Manasse et filii eius Rainaldi…"[279]. If Manassès Comte de Rethel was Duke Godefroi's son-in-law, this would provide an explanation for his involvement in this charter which is otherwise difficult to explain. As mentioned above, this possible connection is inconsistent with Duke Godefroi's first wife having been the daughter of Manassès [II] Comte de Rethel as the couple would have been first cousins. Judith's marriage date range is estimated from the probable birth date range of the couple's son Hugues. Her name is confirmed by Hugues de Rethel naming his parents Manassès and Judith in a charter dated 1081 for the church of Braux[280]. Her birth date range is estimated for consistency with the estimated birth dates of her descendants. Two other theories concerning the origin of the wife of Comte Manassès [III] are discussed in the document CHAMPAGNE NOBILITY.

m (before [1045/55] ) MANASSES [III] Comte de Rethel, son of --- (-1081 or after).]

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