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Beatrice of Flanders

Beatrice of Flanders – The substitute bride

Beatrice of Flanders was born in Bruges circa 1253/1254 as the daughter of Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders and his first wife Matilda of Béthune. She had seven full siblings and eight half-siblings – from her father’s second marriage to Isabelle of Luxembourg. Beatrice married the 14-year-old Floris V, Count of Holland in 1269. [read more]

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Gertrude of Saxony – Twice a Countess

Gertrude of Saxony was born circa 1030 as the daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and Eilika of Schweinfurt. Gertrude married Floris I, Count of Holland around 1050 and they had at least six children together. Their children were Dirk (later Count of Holland), Bernhard (died young), Eilika (died young), Othilde (died young), Bertha and [read more]

Jacqueline of Hainaut

The Court Chapel of the Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (or Inner Court) in The Hague was once the residence for the Counts of Holland and was also used for the Princes of Oranges. It is now home to both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of [read more]

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Ermgard of Limburg

Kloster Graefenthal & The Consorts of Gelre

This little gem, Kloster Graefenthal, or Gravendaal Convent, is just across the border into Germany in the town of Goch. The convent was founded in 1248 by Otto II of Guelders on the insistence of his wife Margaret of Cleves. The first nuns were mostly unmarried noble women, and Margaret of Cleves was the first [read more]

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Ada of Holland

Ada of Holland – Heiress of Holland

Ada of Holland was one of the three surviving daughters of Dirk VII of Holland and his wife Adelaide of Cleves, daughter of Dietrich II, Count of Cleves and Adelaide of Sulzbach. Her father paved the way for her succession by making Holland inheritable by women. At the time of Dirk’s death in 1203, Ada [read more]