Robert I, Count of Dreux

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Robert I of Dreux, nicknamed the Great (c. 1123 – 11 October 1188), was the fifth son of Louis VI of France and Adélaide de Maurienne.[1]

Robert I, Count of Dreux
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Robert I Capet
Bornc. 1123
Died11 October 1188(1188-10-11) (aged 64–65)
probably Braine
Noble familyHouse of Dreux
Spouse(s)Agnes de Garlande
Hawise of Salisbury
Agnes de Baudemont
FatherLouis VI of France
MotherAdélaide de Maurienne


In 1137 he received the County of Dreux as an appanage from his father.[2] He held this title until 1184 when he granted it to his son Robert II.

In 1139 he married Agnes de Garlande.[3] In 1145, he married Hawise of Salisbury,[4] becoming count of Perche, as regent to his stepson Rotrou IV. By his third marriage to Agnes de Baudemont in 1152,[5] he received the County of Braine-sur-Vesle, and the lordships of Fère-en-Tardenois, Pontarcy, Nesle, Longueville, Quincy-en-Tardenois, Savigny, and Baudemont.[6]

Robert I participated in the Second Crusade and was at the Siege of Damascus in 1148.[7] He was credited for bringing the Damask rose from Syria to Europe.[citation needed] In 1158, he fought against the English and participated in the Siege of Séez in 1154.

Marriages and childrenEdit

1. Agnes de Garlande (1122–1143), daughter of Anseau de Garlande, count of Rochefort.[3]

  • Simon (1141 – bef. 1182), lord of La Noue

2. Hawise of Salisbury (1118–1152), widow of Rotrou III and daughter of Walter Fitz Edward of Salisbury, Sheriff of Wiltshire

3. Agnes de Baudemont, Countess of Braine, widow of Milo III of Bar-sur-Seine (1130 – c. 1202).[6]


  1. ^ Previté-Orton 1979, p. 462.
  2. ^ Wood 1966, p. 7.
  3. ^ a b Michel 1902, p. 69.
  4. ^ Power 2004, p. 239.
  5. ^ Fedorenko 2013, p. 170.
  6. ^ a b Power 2004, p. 214.
  7. ^ Suger 2018, p. 167.
  8. ^ Dyggve 1935, p. 73.
  9. ^ Dyggve 1942, p. 11.
  10. ^ a b Pollock 2015, p. 92.
  11. ^ a b Gilbert of Mons 2005, p. 110.
  12. ^ Pollock 2015, p. 145.


  • Dyggve, Holger Petersen (1935). "Personnages historiques figurant dans la poésie lyrique française des XII e et XIII e siècles. III: Les dames du »Tournoiement» de Huon d'Oisi". Neuphilologische Mitteilungen. 36 (2).
  • Dyggve, Holger Petersen (1942). "Personnages historiques figurant dans la poésie lyrique française des XII e et XIII e siècles XIV: Identification de Noblet, ami de Conon de Béthune, Gace Brulé et Pierre de Molins". Neuphilologische Mitteilungen (in French). 43, No. 1: 7-20.
  • Fedorenko, Gregory (2013). "The Thirteenth Century Chronique De Normandie". In Bates, David (ed.). Anglo-Norman Studies XXXV: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2012. The Boydell Press.
  • Gilbert of Mons (2005). Chronicle of Hainaut. Translated by Napran, Laura. The Boydell Press.
  • Michel, Edmond (1902). Histoire de la ville de Brie-Comte-Robert (in French). 1. Dujarric & Cie.
  • Previté-Orton, C. W. (1979). The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History. 1, The Later Roman Empire to the Twelfth Century (10th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Pollock, M. A. (2015). Scotland, England and France After the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296: Auld Amitie. Boydell & Brewer.
  • Power, Daniel (2004). The Norman frontier in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Cambridge University Press.
  • Suger (2018). Selected Works of Abbot Suger of Saint Denis. The Catholic University of America Press.
  • Wood, Charles T. (1966). The French Apanages and the Capetian Monarchy, 1224-1328. Harvard University Press.

Robert I, Count of Dreux
Born: c. 1123 Died: 11 October 1188
New creation Count of Dreux
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