Floris I, Count of Holland

Floris I (born c. 1017 in Vlaardingen – 28 June 1061) was count of Holland, then called Frisia west of the Vlie, from 1049 to 1061.

Floris I
Count in Frisia
Reign13 January 1049 – 28 June 1061
PredecessorDirk IV
SuccessorDirk V
Bornc.1017
Vlaardingen
Died(1061-06-28)June 28, 1061
Nederhemert
Burial
SpouseGertrude of Saxony
IssueDirk V
Floris
Bertha
Houseof Holland
FatherDirk III
MotherOthelindis

Floris was born in Vlaardingen. He was a son of Dirk III and Othelindis. Floris succeeded his brother Dirk IV, who was murdered in 1049. He married c. 1050 Gertrude, daughter of Duke Bernard II of Saxony, and had at least three children with her: Dirk V (c. 1052-1091), Bertha (c. 1055–1094), who became queen of France;[1] and Floris (born c. 1055), who became a canon at Liége.

Floris was involved in a war of a few Lotharingian vassals against the imperial authority. On a retreat from Zaltbommel he was ambushed and killed in battle at Hamerth on 28 June 1061. His son Dirk V succeeded him. In 1063 Gertrude married Robert I of Flanders,[1] who ruled Frisia as regent and acted as guardian for her children with Floris.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b William (of Malmesbury), Gesta Regum Anglorum: The History of the English Kings: General introduction and commentary, Volume 2, Roger Aubrey Baskerville Mynors, Rodney M. Thomson and Michael Winterbottom, (Oxford University Press, 1999), 244.


Preceded by
Dirk IV
Count of Friesland west of the Vlie
1049–1061
Succeeded by
Dirk V