Adelaide, Countess of Vermandois

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Adelaide of Vermandois (1062–1122) was suo jure
Suo jure
Suo jure is a Latin phrase meaning "in her [or his] own right".It is commonly encountered in the context of titles of nobility, especially in cases where a wife may hold a title in her own right rather than through her marriage....

 Countess of Vermandois and Valois and the last member of the Carolingian dynasty.

Adelaide was the daughter of Herbert IV, Count of Vermandois
Herbert IV, Count of Vermandois
Herbert IV of Vermandois , Count of Vermandois, was the son of Otto of Vermandois and Pavia .-Family and children:He married Adele of Valois, daughter of Raoul III of Valois and Adele de Bar-sur-Aube, and had:...

, and Adele of Valois and of the Vexin
Adele of Valois
Adele of Valois was a daughter of Raoul III of Valois and Adele de Bar-sur-Aube.She married Herbert IV of Vermandois and they had:# Adelaide, Countess of Vermandois, married to Hugh of Vermandois....

. Her younger brother Otto became Count of Vermandois upon their father's death in 1080. However, five years later, he was disinherited by the council of Barons of France because of his mental illness. Thus, Adelaide and her husband succeeded to the Counties of Vermandois and Valois.

Adelaide married firstly Hugh Magnus, son of the Capetian King Henry I of France
Henry I of France
Henry I was King of France from 1031 to his death. The royal demesne of France reached its smallest size during his reign, and for this reason he is often seen as emblematic of the weakness of the early Capetians...

 and younger brother of Philip I of France
Philip I of France
Philip I , called the Amorous, was King of France from 1060 to his death. His reign, like that of most of the early Direct Capetians, was extraordinarily long for the time...

. By this marriage she had nine children:
  • Matilda(1080–1130), married Ralph I of Beaugency
  • Beatrice (1082 – after 1144), married Hugh III of Gournay
  • Elizabeth of Vermandois, Countess of Leicester (1081–1131)
  • Ralph I (1085–1152)
  • Constance (born 1086, date of death unknown), married Godfrey de la Ferté-Gaucher
  • Agnes (1090–1125), married Boniface of Savone
  • Henry (1091–1130), Lord of Chaumont en Vexin
  • Simon (1093–1148)
  • William, possibly married to Isabella, illegitimate daughter of King Louis VI of France
    Louis VI of France
    Louis VI , called the Fat , was King of France from 1108 until his death . Chronicles called him "roi de Saint-Denis".-Reign:...



In 1104, she married secondly Renaud II, Count of Clermont. By this marriage she had one daughter, Margaret, who married Charles I, Count of Flanders
Charles I, Count of Flanders
Blessed Charles the Good was Count of Flanders from 1119 to 1127. He is most remembered for his murder and its aftermath.-History:...

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In 1102, Adelaide was succeeded by her son, Ralph I. Adelaide died in 1122 and the Carolingian dynasty died out with her.