Emma of Blois

Emma of Blois (c. 950–27 December 1003) was Duchess consort of Aquitaine by marriage to William IV, Duke of Aquitaine. She ruled Aquitaine as regent for her son, William V, Duke of Aquitaine, from 996 until 1004.

Emma of Blois
Bornc. 950
Died27 December 1003
Noble familyHouse of Blois
Spouse(s)William IV, Duke of Aquitaine
FatherTheobald I, Count of Blois
MotherLuitgarde of Vermandois


She was the daughter of Theobald I, Count of Blois and Luitgarde of Vermandois.[1] In 968, she married William IV, Duke of Aquitaine.[2] His overindulging in hunting and women offended her greatly. Around 990, he retired to a monastery. During the course of her marriage, she founded the monastery of Saint Peter in Bourgueil[3] and the abbey of Maillezais.[4] Emma then ruled Aquitaine as regent for their son William V.

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  1. ^ Bachrach 1993, p. 267.
  2. ^ Bachrach 1993, p. 268.
  3. ^ Bachrach 1993, p. 48.
  4. ^ Abel 2012, p. 823.


  • Abel, Mickey (2012). "Emma of Blois as Arbiter of Peace and the Politics of Patronage". In Martin, Therese (ed.). Reassessing the Roles of Women as 'Makers' of Medieval Art and Architecture. Vol. 1. Brill.
  • Bachrach, Bernard S. (1993). Fulk Nerra, the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040. University of California Press.