Mathilda of Boulogne

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Mathilda of Boulogne

Mathilda von Boulogne (* 1105 in Boulogne-sur-Mer , † May 3, 1152 at Hedingham Castle , Essex) was Countess of Boulogne and Queen of England by marriage.

She was the daughter of Eustace III. , Count of Boulogne ( House of Boulogne ), and his wife, Mary of Scotland, daughter of King Malcolm III. born. In 1125 she was married to Stephan , Count of Mortain and later King of England. During the civil war , she supported her husband's claim to the throne. After his arrest, she traveled to London herself to win the allegiance of the nobility, led an army of loyal followers, achieved the arrest of Roberts of Gloucester and, in exchange with him, the release of her husband.

Stephan and Mathilda had five children:

  • Baldwin (* 1126; † 1135)
  • Eustach IV. (* 1130; † 1153), Count of Boulogne
  • Mathilda (* 1133; † 1153)
  • Wilhelm (1134-1159), Count of Mortain and Boulogne, Count of Surrey
  • Maria († 1173)

Her father died in 1125 and she followed him as Countess of Boulogne, ruled the small county together with her husband until 1150, after his death alone and gave it to her son Eustach in 1151. He bequeathed it to his brother Wilhelm and since both sons remained childless, the county finally passed to the youngest daughter Maria.

Mathilda died at Hedingham Castle and was buried in Faversham Abbey in Kent .

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