Biography of Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England

Paternal Family Tree: Reginar aka Percy

1100 Death of William Rufus Accession of Henry I

1100 Marriage of Henry I and Matilda

1121 Marriage of King Henry I and Adeliza of Louvain

1135 Death of King Henry I

In 1095 [her uncle] Henry Reginar III Count Louvain died at Tournai [Map]. His brother [her father] Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 35) succeeded I Count Louvain. [her mother] Ida Chiny Countess Louvain by marriage Countess Louvain.

Death of William Rufus Accession of Henry I

On 02 Aug 1100 William "Rufus" II King England (age 44) was killed whilst hunting, not known whether accidentally or otherwise, in the New Forest, Hampshire. His brother [her future husband] King Henry I "Beauclerc" England (age 32) succeeded I King England. The brothers Robert Beaumont 1st Earl of Leicester Count Meulan (age 60) and Henry Beaumont 1st Earl Warwick (age 50), and Roger de Clare (age 34) and Gilbert de Clare (age 34) were present.

Marriage of Henry I and Matilda

On 11 Nov 1100 [her future husband] King Henry I "Beauclerc" England (age 32) and Edith aka Matilda Dunkeld Queen Consort England (age 20) were married. Edith aka Matilda Dunkeld Queen Consort England (age 20) was crowned Queen Consort England at which time Edith was renamed Matilda. She the daughter of Malcolm III King Scotland and Margaret Wessex Queen Consort Scotland. He the son of King William "Conqueror" I of England and Matilda Flanders Queen Consort England.

Before 1103 [her father] Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 43) and [her mother] Ida Chiny Countess Louvain were married. She the daughter of Otto Chiny 2nd Count Chiny. He the son of Henry Reginar II Count Louvain and Adela Thuringa Countess Louvain.

Around 1103 Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England was born to Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 43) and Ida Chiny Countess Louvain.

After 1119 [her father] Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 59) and [her step-mother] Clementia Ivrea Countess Louvain and Flanders (age 41) were married. She by marriage Countess Louvain. She the daughter of William Ivrea I Count Burgundy and Ettiennette Countess Burgundy. He the son of Henry Reginar II Count Louvain and Adela Thuringa Countess Louvain.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 1121. This year was the [her future husband] King Henry (age 53) at Christmas at Bramton, and afterwards, before Candlemas, at Windsor was given him to wife Athelis (age 18); soon afterwards consecrated queen, who was daughter of the [her father] Duke of Louvain (age 61).

Florence of Worcester Continuation. 1121. Henry I marries Alice of Louvaine. [her future husband] Henry, king of England (age 53), having been a widower for some time, that he might not in future lead a dissolute life, by the advice of Ralph, archbishop of Canterbury, and the barons of his realm, who assembled at London by his command on the feast of our Lord's Epiphany, resolved to marry Alice (age 18), daughter of Godfrey, duke of Lorraine (age 61)2, a young maiden of great beauty and modesty. Envoys being sent over, they brought the future queen with signal honours from parts beyond the sea to Henry's court.

Note 2. Ducis Lotharingoe (or Lorraine), the reading in the text of all the printed editions of Florence. It is a mistake into which several of the English chroniclers have fallen, but Henry of Huntingdon and Roger of Wendover, as well as Ordericus Vitalis and William of Jumièges, describe Adelaide, or Alice, the second wife of Henry I., as daughter of Godfrey, duke of Lorraine (age 61).

Marriage of King Henry I and Adeliza of Louvain

Florence of Worcester Continuation. 29 Jan 1121. On the fourth of the calends of February the maiden (age 18) already mentioned as selected for queen was married to the king (age 53) by William, bishop of Winchester, at the command of Ralph, archbishop of Canterbury; and on the following day, the third of the calends of February (30th January), she was consecrated and crowned as queen by the archbishop in person.

Note. Some sources say 24 Jan 1121.

On 21 Jul 1122 [her illegitimate step-daughter] Sybilla Fitzroy Queen Consort Scotland (age 30) died.

On 30 Jul 1126 [her sister-in-law] Cecilia Normandy Abbess Caen (age 70) died.

On 17 Jun 1128 Geoffrey Plantagenet Duke Normandy (age 14) and [her step-daughter] Empress Matilda (age 26) were married. She the daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England (age 60) and Edith aka Matilda Dunkeld Queen Consort England. He the son of Fulk "Young" King Jerusalem (age 39) and Ermengarde La Flèche De Baugency Countess Anjou.

In 1132 [her illegitimate step-son] Fulk Fitzroy (age 40) died.

Death of King Henry I

On 01 Dec 1135 [her husband] King Henry I "Beauclerc" England (age 67) died at Lyons-la-Forêt, Normandy [Map]. The succession fell between Henrys daughter [her step-daughter] Empress Matilda (age 33) and Henry's nephew King Stephen I England (age 41), son of [her sister-in-law] Adela Normandy Countess Blois (age 68) daughter of King William "Conqueror" I of England. The period from 1135 to 1153 during which the succession was fought over is known as The Anarchy.

After 1136 [her illegitimate step-daughter] Juliane Fitzroy (age 46) died.

In 1138 William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel (age 29) and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England (age 35) were married. She the daughter of Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 78) and Ida Chiny Countess Louvain.

In 1138 [her son] William D'Aubigny 2nd Earl Lincoln 2nd Earl of Arundel was born to [her husband] William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel (age 29) and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England (age 35).

On 25 Jan 1139 [her father] Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain (age 79) died. His son [her brother] Godfrey Reginar VII Duke Lower Lorraine (age 32) succeeded II Count Louvain.

Florence of Worcester Continuation. Oct 1139. The Empress and the Earl, her Brother, land in England. In the month of October, the [her illegitimate step-son] earl of Gloucester (age 40), son of king Henry, late king of England, but a bastard, with his [her former step-daughter] sister (age 37) by the father's side, formerly empress of the Romans, and now countess of Anjou, returned to England with a large army, and landed at Portsmouth, before the feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, on the calends [the 1st] of August, while the king was besieging Marlborough; and their arrival filled all England with alarm. On receiving this intelligence, Stephen, king of England, was much disturbed in his mind, and in great wrath with those whose duty it was vigilantly to guard the sea-ports. He is the king of peace, and would that he were also the king of vigour and justice, treading under foot his enemies, determining all things by the balance of equal justice, and in the power of his might protecting and strengthening the friends of peace. When, however, he learned that the ex-queen (age 36)2 had received the ex-empress, with her large band of retainers, at Arundel [Map], he was much displeased, and marched his army thither. But she, being awed by the king's majesty, and fearing that she might lose the rank she held in England, swore solemnly that no enemy of his had come to England on her invitation; but that, saving her dignity, she had granted hospitality to persons of station, who were formerly attached to her. The king, on hearing this, dismissed her, and ordered the bishop of Winchester to conduct the ex-empress with honour, as she was his cousin, to her brother, at Bristol castle, while he himself went in pursuit of the earl. But hearing nothing certain about him, for he had taken to certain by-roads for a time, he led his troops to another quarter, as he had planned. Milo, the constable, having abjured his oath of allegiance to the king, went over to the earl of Gloucester (age 40), his liege-lord, with a large body of troops, promising him on his fealty to lend him help against the king. The calamities which flowed from this quarter, namely, the city of Bristol, and spread over all England, are beyond the knowledge or eloquence of man to describe; for of those who opposed him, or obeyed the royal authority, as many as could be taken were made prisoners, and all the captives were thrown into chains, and subjected to horrible tortures. New varieties of cruel punishment were invented; mercenary troops were enlisted in every direction for carrying on the work of destruction, to whom was given, or sold for their pay, the inhabitants of the villages and farms, with all their goods and substance.2

Note 1. Alice (age 36), widow of Henry I., who had Arundel Castle [Map] for her dower.

Note 2. See an account of these atrocities in the "Gesta Stephani," p. 353.

In 1141 [her illegitimate step-son] Reginald de Dunstanville Fitzroy 1st Earl Cornwall (age 31) was created 1st Earl Cornwall.

In 1143 [her husband] William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel (age 34) was created 1st Earl Lincoln, 1st Earl Arundel Sussex. Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England (age 40) by marriage Countess Lincoln, Countess Arundel Sussex.

On 31 Oct 1147 [her illegitimate step-son] Robert Normandy 1st Earl Gloucester (age 48) died. His son William Fitzrobert 2nd Earl Gloucester succeeded 2nd Earl Gloucester.

1151. Adeliza (age 48), queen of Henry I and subsequently wife of William d'Albigny (age 48) and countess of Arundel, sometime before 1151 gave a small parcel of land on the east bank of the River Arun for the support of two or three chaplains who were to live under monastic rules, to celebrate daily in the chapel of St. Bartholomew-which was to be built there; and were further to keep in repair the causeway and wooden bridge across the river, for which purpose the earl of Arundel granted them leave to take wood in his forest- the stone for the causeway being obtained close at hand; and to maintain a hospital or hostelry for poor travellers. The land on which the hospital, or Augustinian priory, was built, was called Pynham, but the priory was more usually known as 'the Causeway' (de Calceto, la Chaucée).

On 23 Apr 1151 Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England (age 48) died. She was buried at Reading Abbey, Berkshire [Map].

On 12 Oct 1176 [her former husband] William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel (age 67) died. His son [her son] William D'Aubigny 2nd Earl Lincoln 2nd Earl of Arundel (age 38) succeeded 2nd Earl Lincoln, 2nd Earl Arundel Sussex and inherited Castle Rising Castle [Map].

[her daughter] Agatha D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

[her daughter] Olivia D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

[her daughter] Alice D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

[her son] Geoffrey D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

[her son] Henry D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

[her son] Reynor D'Aubigny was born to William D'Aubigny 1st Earl Lincoln 1st Earl of Arundel and Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England.

Royal Ancestors of Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England

Kings Wessex: Great x 6 Grand Daughter of King Edward "Elder" of the Anglo Saxons

Kings Franks: Great x 8 Grand Daughter of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine I King Franks

Royal Descendants of Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England

King Henry V of England x 1

Philippa Lancaster Queen Consort Denmark x 1

Joan Beaufort Queen Consort Scotland x 1

King Edward IV of England x 2

King Richard III of England x 2

Anne Neville Queen Consort England x 3

King Henry VII of England and Ireland x 1

Queen Anne Boleyn of England x 6

Anne Jagiellon Holy Roman Empress x 1

Queen Jane Seymour x 4

Catherine Parr Queen Consort England x 6

Queen Catherine Howard of England x 5

Jane "Nine Days Queen" Grey I Queen England and Ireland x 9

President George Washington x 2

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom x 727

Queen Consort Camilla Shand x 268

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 2269

Catherine Middleton Princess of Wales x 8

Ancestors of Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Reginar Reginar III Count Hainault

Great x 2 Grandfather: Lambert "Bearded" Reginar I Count Louvain

Great x 4 Grandfather: Hugh V Count Equisheim

Great x 3 Grandmother: Adela Equisheim Countess Hainault

Great x 1 Grandfather: Lambert Reginar II Count Louvain

Great x 2 Grandmother: Gerberga Carolingian Duchess Lower Lorraine

Great x 3 Grandmother: Adelaide Troyes Duchess Lower Lorraine

GrandFather: Henry Reginar II Count Louvain

Father: Godfrey Reginar I Count Louvain

GrandMother: Adela Thuringa Countess Louvain

Adeliza of Louvain Queen Consort England

GrandFather: Otto Chiny 2nd Count Chiny

Mother: Ida Chiny Countess Louvain