Hugh Capet King of France
Adelaide de Poitou
(Abt 0945-1006)
William II Count of Arles and Provence
(Abt 0950-After 0993)
Adelaide "la Blanche" of Anjou
(Abt 0947-1026)
Robert II "the Pious" King of France
Constance of Provence
(Abt 0986-1032)
Adele Capet Princess of France
(Abt 1009-Abt 1079)


Family Links

1. Baldwin V de Lille, Count of Flanders

2. Richard III Duke of Normandy

Adele Capet Princess of France 1 2

  • Born: Abt 1009
  • Marriage (1): Baldwin V de Lille, Count of Flanders in 1028 in Amiens, (Somme), Picardy, France
  • Marriage (2): Richard III Duke of Normandy on 10 Jan 1027
  • Died: Abt 8 Jan 1079, Messines Monastery, Messines (Mesen), West Flanders, (Belgium) about age 70

   Other names for Adele were Adèle of France, Countess of Contentin, Adele "the Holy" of Messines and Aelis of France, Countess of Contentin.

  Research Notes:

Second daughter of Robert the Pious and Constance of Arles.

From Wikipedia - Adela of France, Countess of Flanders :

Adela Capet, Adèle of France or Adela of Flanders[1], known also as Adela the Holy or Adela of Messines; (1009 - 8 January 1079 , Messines ) was the second daughter of Robert II (the Pious), and Constance of Arles . As dowry to her future husband, she received from her father the title of Countess of Corbie.

Her family
She was a member of the House of Capet , the rulers of France. As the wife of Baldwin V , she was Countess of Flanders from 1036 to 1067.

She married first 1027 Richard III Duke of Normandy (997 † 1027). They never had children.

As a widow, she remarried in 1028 in Paris to Baldwin V of Flanders (1012 † 1067). Their children were:
Baldwin VI of Flanders , (1030 † 1070)
Matilda of Flanders (1032 † 1083). In 1053 she married William Duke of Normandy , the future king of England
Robert I of Flanders , (1033-1093)
Henry of Flanders (c. 1035)
Sir Richard of Flanders (c. 1050-1105)

Political influence
Adèle's influence lay mainly in her family connections. On the death of her brother, Henry I of France, the guardianship of his seven-year-old son Philip I fell jointly on his widow, Ann of Kiev , and on his brother-in-law, Adela's husband, so that from 1060 to 1067, they were Regents of France.

Church influence
Adèle had an especially great interest in Baldwin V's church-reform politics and was behind her husband's founding of several collegiate churches . Directly or indirectly, she was responsible for establishing the Colleges of Aire (1049), Lille (1050) and Harelbeke (1064) as well as the abbeys of Messines (1057) and Ename (1063). After Baldwin's death in 1067, she went to Rome, took the nun's veil from the hands of Pope Alexander II and retreated to the Benedictine convent of Messines, near Ypres . There she died, being buried at the same monastery. Her commemoration day is 8 September.

Adele married Baldwin V de Lille, Count of Flanders, son of Baldwin IV "the Bearded" Count of Valenciennes & Count of Flanders and Ogive de Luxembourg, in 1028 in Amiens, (Somme), Picardy, France. (Baldwin V de Lille, Count of Flanders was born in 1012 and died on 1 Sep 1067 in Lille, (Nord), Flanders (France).)

  Marriage Notes:

May have been married in Paris.

Adele next married Richard III Duke of Normandy, son of Richard II Duke of Normandy and Judith of Brittany, on 10 Jan 1027. (Richard III Duke of Normandy was born about 997 and died on 6 Aug 1028.)


1 Weis, Frederick Lewis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr; William R. Beall and Kaleen E. Beall, eds, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008.), Line 128-22, 162-22 (Baldwin V).

2, Adela of France, Countess of Flanders.

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