County of Saint-Pol

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The county of Saint-Pol (or Sint-Pols) was a county around the French city of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise (Sint-Pols-aan-de-Ternas) on the border of Artois and Picardy, formerly the county of Ternois.

  County of Saint-Pol (between Boulogne, Artois and Picardie on map) under Burgundian influence in 1465–1477

For a long time the county belonged to Flanders, and then from the early 11th century until the end of the 12th century it remained in the hands of the Campdavaine Family, before passing to the Châtillon family then the Luxemburg family.

The best-known count was Louis, the constable of Saint-Pol. He was extradited to Louis XI of France by Charles the Bold, and in 1475 Louis beheaded him for high treason. In 1493, Saint-Pol was transferred to the Holy Roman Empire by the Treaty of Senlis ; in 1537, Emperor Charles V destroyed the capital city. The county was annexed to Artois in 1787 then France in 1790.

List of counts

COUNT PERIOD relation Notes:
House of Flanders
Baldwin I, Count of Flanders 862–879 - + Flanders
Baldwin II, Count of Flanders 879–918 son + Boulogne, Flanders
Adalolf 918–933 son + Boulogne
Arnulf I, Count of Flanders 933–962 brother + Flanders, Artois
Arnulf II, Count of Flanders 962–988 grandson + Flanders, Artois
Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders 988–1035 son + Flanders, Artois, Zeeland (1012–)
House of Campdavaine
Rogier 1031–1067 -
Hugh I 1067–1070 son
Guy I 1070–1083 son
Hugh II 1083–1118 brother
Hugh III 1118–1130 son
Ingelram 1130–1150 son
Anselm 1150–1174 brother
Hugh IV 1174–1205 son
Elizabeth 1205–1240/47 daughter married to John of Béthune (1228–1238)
House of Châtillon
Walter III of Châtillon 1205–1219 husband
Guy II 1223–1226 son de facto count
Hugo V 1228–1249 brother
Guy III 1249–1289 son
Guy IV 1289–1317 son
John 1317–1344 son
Guy V 1344–1360 son
House of Luxemburg
Guy of Luxemburg-Ligny 1360–1371 brother-in-law + Ligny
Walram III of Luxemburg-Ligny 1371–1415 son + Ligny
Philip of Saint-Pol 1415–1430 grandson + Ligny, Brabant-Limburg (1427–)
Johanna of Luxemburg-Saint-Pol 1430 great-aunt + Ligny
Peter I of Saint-Pol 1430–1433 nephew + Brienne
Louis of Saint-Pol 1433–1475 son + Brienne, Ligny, Guise
Peter II of Saint-Pol 1475–1482 son + Brienne, Soissons
Maria of Saint-Pol
+ Francis I of Bourbon-Vendôme
+ Francis de Bourbon, Count of St. Pol
+ Soissons, Enghien
House of Capet-Bourbon-Vendôme
François II de Bourbon-Saint-Pol 1546 grandson/son
Marie of Bourbon-Vendôme
+ Leonor of Longueville
? –1573
House of Longueville
Frans of Longueville ?–1631 son count-regent
Henri I of Longueville 1573–1595 brother
Henri II of Longueville 1631–1662 son
John Louis of Longueville 1662–1668 son
Charles of Longueville 1668–1672 brother
John Louis of Longueville 1672–1694 brother 2nd time
Maria of Longueville 1694–1705 sister
1705 sold Saint-Pol to Louis of Melun (1694–1724)


  • Prinet, Léon Jacques Maxime (1911). "St Pol, Counts of" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 41.