Walter V. of Châtillon

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Walter V of Châtillon (also Gaucher ; * probably 1249; † 1329 ) was Lord of Châtillon , Count of Porcéan and Connétable of France .

He was the son of Walter IV of Châtillon and Isabella of Villehardouin , called Isabella of Lesignies , and the grandson of Hugo I of Châtillon , Count of Blois and Saint-Pol .


He was one of the most important advisors to both Joan I , Queen of Navarre and Countess of Champagne , and her son Louis , who later became King of France . In 1286 he was appointed Connétable of Champagne.

King Philip IV of France in the circle of his court. Outside left Walter von Châtillon, outside right his predecessor Raoul de Clermont. Illustration from the late 13th century.

In 1297 he led the French army against Henry III. , Count of Bar , the allies of the Count of Flanders . He took part in the campaign against Kortrijk and in the battle of the Spurs on July 8, 1302 and was then appointed Constable of France . In the French victory at Mons-en-Pévèle on August 18, 1304, he played a prominent role.

Walter amassed an enormous fortune in the form of lands and royal pensions and rose to the rank of princely. He is one of the representatives of Countess Mathilde von Artois in the marriage contract of her daughter Blanka with the future King Charles IV. He ceded Châtillon and Crécy to the king and in 1302 bought the county of Château-Porcien . He was entrusted with numerous diplomatic missions. In 1307 he had the future Louis X crowned King of Navarre in Pamplona , brokered the peace between Charles of Valois and John I of Namur for the ownership of the county of Namur , and took part in several negotiations with England. As a confidante of King Philip VI. he led the negotiations in 1325 and 1326. In 1328 he commanded an army corps in the battle of Cassel .

Marriage and offspring

His first marriage was Isabella von Dreux in 1276 (* 1249; † April 19, 1300), daughter of Robert I von Dreux, Vice Count of Beu and Châteaudun, Lord of Nesles and Longueville. Your children were:

  • Walter II († 1325), Count of Porcéan ∞ Margarethe von Dampierre, daughter of Johann II and Margarethe von Brienne ( House of Dampierre )
  • Johann I († 1363), Grand Master of France, 1333 Lord of Châtillon, Crécy, etc. ∞ III Johanna von Sancerre († after 1353) daughter of Johann II , Count of Sancerre
  • Hugo († 1336) de iure uxoris Vice Count of Laon ∞ Maria von Clacy, heiress of the Vice County of Laon († after 1352)
  • Guido († 1362) Lord of Fère-en-Tardenois ∞ Maria of Lothringen, daughter of Theobald II , Duke of Lorraine
  • Maria ∞ Guichard V of Beaujeu († 1331)
  • Johanna († 1354) ∞ Walter V of Brienne , Count of Brienne, Duke of Athens
  • Isabella, Abbess of Notre-Dame in Soissons

His second marriage was in February 1301, Hélisende de Vergy († 1312), daughter of Jean de Vergy, lord of Fouvent , and Marguerite de Noyers , widow of Heinrich II , Count of Vaudémont . In March 1313, he married Isabelle de Rumigny († 1322), daughter of Hugo II and widow of Theobald II , Duke of Lorraine, in his third marriage . These two marriages remained childless. Walter von Châtillon was buried in the Pont-aux-Dames Abbey .



  1. Walter's younger son Johann I received this rule back in 1333.
predecessor Office successor
Walter IV. Lord of Châtillon
Lord of Crécy
1261 – around 1302
French crown domain
Jacob Count of Porcéan
Walter II.
Rudolf II of Clermont Connétable of France
Rudolf I of Brienne

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