Otto IV, Count of Burgundy

Otto IV (1248, in Ornans – 17 March 1303, in Melun[1]) was the count of the Free County of Burgundy from 1279 until 1303.

Otto IV
Count of Burgundy
Reign8 March 1279 – 17 March 1303
SuccessorJoan II
Bornc. 1248
Died17 March 1303
SpousePhilippa of Bar
Mahaut of Artois
IssueJoan II, Countess of Burgundy
Blanche, Queen of France
Robert of Burgundy
HouseHouse of Ivrea
FatherHugh de Châlon
MotherAdelaide, Countess Palatine of Burgundy

Life edit

Otto was the son of Hugh of Châlons and Adelaide, Countess Palatine of Burgundy.[2] Upon his father's death in 1266/7, he became Count of Châlons. His mother, Adelaide, died on 8 March 1279, and Otto inherited her county. However, he was unable to secure real power in the county until 1295.[3] His elder daughter Joan II succeeded in the County of Burgundy, which was later given as dowry on her marriage to Philip.[4]

His wife Mahaut drew up a contract on 4 June 1312 with the famous tomb maker Jean Pepin de Huy to make a tomb.[5] The contract specifies a tomb made of stone and alabaster.[5] Otto was to be shown as an armed knight with a shield, sword and armor.[5] A lion was shown beneath his feet with two angels to support the pillow under his head.[5] The tomb no longer exists, but the designs have been preserved.

Marriage and children edit

Otto married Philippa of Bar in 1271. The marriage was childless.[6]

In 1285, Otto married his second wife, Mahaut, Countess of Artois.[6] They had:

References edit

  1. ^ Gauthier 1903, p. 61.
  2. ^ Jackson-Laufer 1999, p. 19.
  3. ^ Cox 1999, p. 363-365.
  4. ^ Funck-Brentano 1888, p. 16.
  5. ^ a b c d Frisch 1987, p. 113.
  6. ^ a b Cox 1974, p. 463.
  7. ^ a b Brown 2009, p. 223.

Sources edit

  • Brown, Elizabeth A.R. (2009). "Blanche of Artois and Burgundy, Chateau-Gaillard, and the Baron de Joursanvault". In Smith, Katherine Allen; Wells, Scott (eds.). Negotiating community and difference in medieval Europe: gender, power, patronage, and the authority of religion in Latin Christendom. BRILL.
  • Cox, Eugene L. (1974). The Eagles of Savoy. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691052166.
  • Cox, Eugene (1999). "The kingdom of Burgundy, the lands of the house of Savoy and adjacent territories". In Abulafia, David (ed.). The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 5, C.1198-c.1300. Cambridge University Press.
  • Frisch, Teresa G. (1987). Gothic Art 1140-c. 1450:Sources and Documents. University of Toronto Press.
  • Funck-Brentano, Frantz (1888). "Philippe le Bel et la Noblesse Franc-Comtoise". Bibliothèque de l'École des chartes. Librairie Droz. 49: 5–40.
  • Gauthier, M. Jules (1903). "Services Funebres du Comte Othon IV de Bourgogne celebres en Franche-Comte en 1303". Bulletin Historique et Philologique. Imprimerie Nationale.
  • Jackson-Laufer, Guida Myrl (1999). Women Rulers Throughout the Ages: An Illustrated Guide. ABC-CLIO.

Otto IV, Count of Burgundy
Born: c. 1248 Died: 17 March 1303
Regnal titles
Preceded by Count of Burgundy
Succeeded by