Baldwin VII of Flanders (1093 – 17 July 1119) was Count of Flanders from 1111 to 1119.
|Count of Flanders|
|Reign||1111 – 17 June 1119|
|Successor||Charles the Good|
|Died||17 June 1119|
|Spouse||Hawise of Brittany|
|House||House of Flanders|
|Father||Robert I of Flanders|
|Mother||Clementia of Burgundy|
Baldwin succeeded his father as count when he died on 5 October 1111. He was under the influence of his powerful mother Clementia of Burgundy. He tried to assert independence from her, but she still remained influential behind the scenes. Baldwin was an impetuous and impulsive young man, extremely hostile towards Henry I of England. The inexperienced new count solicited the advice of his cousin, Charles the Good, who was several years older. It was Baldwin who arranged the marriage of Charles to the heiress of the County of Amiens, Margaret of Clermont, in 1118. Baldwin invaded Normandy in 1118 and raided many towns.
In 1105, Baldwin married Hawise of Brittany (also called Havide), daughter of Duke Alan IV of Brittany. The groom was twelve and the bride nine. The union, in all probability, was never consummated. They were divorced in 1110. Baldwin did not remarry. Baldwin and Hawise had no known issue.
He died after being wounded in 1118, hit on the head by a lance at the Battle of Bures-en-Bray, where he was fighting Henry I of England, on behalf of Louis VI of France. When he was dying in 1119 at Eu, Baldwin declared his cousin Charles his heir. he died on 17 June 1119. Charles became the new count of Flanders after his death.
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