Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut

Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut
Spouse(s) Yolande of Guelders
Noble family House of Flanders
Father Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut
Mother Ida of Louvain
Born 1088
Died 1120
Buried Mons, Belgium

Baldwin III (1088–1120) was count of Hainaut from 1098 to his death. He was son of Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut and Ida of Louvain.


Baldwin succeeded to the county of Hainaut in 1102. Baldwin married Yolande of Guelders at a young age. He had been betrothed to Adelaide of Maurienne, a niece of Countess Clemence of Flanders. The broken betrothal caused a scandal, and Countess Clemence brought the issue before her brother Pope Calixtus II. The pope declared that the marriage was legal and could not be dissolved.[1]

Baldwin died at a young age of c.33 in 1120, and was buried in Mons, Belgium. His eldest son Baldwin succeeded him as Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut. His younger son Gerard inherited the counties of Dodewaard and Dale, which had been in the possession of his mother. Countess Yolande held Hainaut by rights of dower for a while, and as a regent for her son.[1]


He was married with Yolande of Guelders, daughter of Gerard I, Count of Guelders. Their children were:

  1. Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut, married Alix (Adelaide) de Namur.
  2. Gerhard of Hainaut, ancestor of the Counts of Dale.
  3. Gertrude/Ida of Hainaut, married before 9 August 1138 to Roger of Tosny of Conches and Flamsted.[1]
  4. Richildis of Hainaut, married: 1) Thierry d'Avesnes; 2) Everard, Castellan of Tournai.[1]

After Baldwin's death, Countess Yolande married Godfrey II, Lord of Ribemont and Bouchain, Castellan of Valenciennes and the son of Anselm of Ribemont in ca 1120.[2] Yolande and Godfrey II had two children:


See also



  1. 1 2 3 4 Gislebertus (of Mons), Laura Napran, Chronicle of Hainaut, 2005
  2. Heather J. Tanner, Families, friends, and allies: Boulogne and politics in northern France and England, c. 879-1160, Brill, 2004
Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut
Born: 1088 Died: 1120
Preceded by
Baldwin II
Count of Hainaut
Succeeded by
Baldwin IV

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