Baldwin of Avesnes

Baldwin of Avesnes (September 1219 in Oizy – 10 April 1295 in Avesnes) was a son of Bouchard IV of Avesnes and his wife, Margaret II of Flanders.[1] His parents' marriage was later declared illegal, because his father had already received minor orders. Baldwin was later declared legitimate by the pope, at the instigation of King Louis IX of France. In 1246, Baldwin received Beaumont as an apanage.

Baldwin of Avesnes
BornSeptember 1219
Oizy (today part of Bièvre)
Died10 April 1295(1295-04-10) (aged 75)
Noble familyHouse of Avesnes
Spouse(s)Felicitas of Coucy
FatherBouchard IV of Avesnes
MotherMargaret II of Flanders

He fought his whole life, together with his brother John I, against his half-brothers from his mother's second marriage with William II of Dampierre. He was said to be responsible for the accident that killed his half-brother William III of Dampierre during a tournament in Trazegnies. After the Edict of Péronne and the death of his brother John, he reconciled with his mother, who sent him to Namur on a revenge expedition.

In 1287, Baldwin sold Dunkirk and Warneton to Guy, Count of Flanders. He is also known as a chronicler; he wrote the Chronique Universelle.

Charles Verlinden identifies the diplomat Baldwin of Hainaut as Baldwin of Avesnes.[2]

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1243, Baldwin married Felicitas (1220-1307), the daughter of Thomas II of Coucy, Lord of Vervins.[1] Baldwin was the father of:


  1. ^ a b c Pollock 2015, p. 167.
  2. ^ Giebfried 2014, p. 9.
  3. ^ Gades 1951, p. 102-103.


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