Stephen OF BLOIS
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Stephen OF BLOIS (1046-1102)

Name: Stephen OF BLOIS 1,2
Sex: Male
Father: Theobald III OF BLOIS & CHAMPAGNE (1012-1089)
Mother: Alix DE CREPY ( - )

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 1046
Occupation frm 1089 to 1102 (age 42-56) Count of Blois
Death 19 May 1102 (age 55-56)

Additional Information

Death Cause: slain by the Saracens after the battle of Ascalon during the siege of Ramula in the Holy Land

Marriage (1)

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      Adela of Normandy, Countess of Blois     Theobald IV, Count of Blois & Champagne    
Spouse Adela OF NORMANDY (1062?-1137)
Children Theobald IV OF BLOIS & CHAMPAGNE (1090-1152)
Marriage 1080 (app) (age 33-34)

Marriage (2)

Spouse Unknown mistress of Stephen of Blois ( - )
Children Emma OF BLOIS ( - )

Individual Note 1

Stephen II Henry (in French, Étienne Henri, in Medieval French, Estienne Henri) (c. 1045 – 19 May 1102), Count of Blois and Count of Chartres, was the son of Theobald III, count of Blois, and Garsinde du Maine. He married Adela of Normandy, a daughter of William the Conqueror around 1080 in Chartres. In 1089, upon the death of his father, he became the Count of Blois and Chartres, although Theobald had given him the administration of those holdings in 1074.


Count Stephen was one of the leaders of the First Crusade, often writing enthusiastic letters to Adela about the crusade's progress. Stephen was the head of the army council at the Crusaders' siege of Nicaea in 1097.[1] He returned home in 1098 during the lengthy siege of Antioch, without having fulfilled his crusading vow to forge a way to Jerusalem. He was pressured by Adela into making a second pilgrimage, and joined the minor crusade of 1101 in the company of others who had also returned home prematurely. In 1102, Stephen was killed at the Second Battle of Ramla at the age of fifty-seven.[2]


Family and children

Stephen and Adela's children were:


William, Count of Sully (d.1150), Count of Chartres married Agnes of Sulli (d. aft 1104) and had issue.

Theobald II, Count of Champagne

Odo, died young.

Stephen, King of England

Lucia-Mahaut, married Richard d'Avranches, 2nd Earl of Chester. Both drowned on 25 November 1120.

Agnes, married Hugh III of Le Puiset

Eléonore (d. 1147) married Raoul I of Vermandois (d. 1152) and had issue; they were divorced in 1142.

Alix (c. 1100 – 1145) married Renaud III of Joigni (d. 1134) and had issue

Lithuise (d. 1118) married Milo de Brai, Viscount of Troyes (divorced 1115)

Henry, Bishop of Winchester

Humbert, died young.

Lithuise, who married Milon of Troyes, viscount of Troyes, was possibly his sister and not his daughter, judging from the dates of her children. Unsubstantiated claim.[citation needed]


He had an illegitimate daughter Emma, who was the mother of William of York, archbishop of York.[3]



1 Cartier, Étienne (1846) Recherches sur les monnaies au type chartrain frappées à Chartres, Blois, Vendoîns, Chateaudum, Nogent-le-Rotrou (Ferche), St. Aignan, Celles, Romorantin, Brosse, etc. Rollin, Paris, page 7, OCLC 27374228, in French

2 Tyerman, Christopher, God's war: a new history of the Crusades, (Harvard University Press, 2006), 87.

3 Davis King Stephen p. 172



Davis, R. H. C. King Stephen 1135–1154 Third Edition London:Longman 1990 ISBN 0-582-04000-03

Individual Note 2

Leader of the First Crusade in 1096.


1Weis, Frederick Lewis & Sheppard, Walter Lee, Jr, "Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and other Historical Individuals". p 132, 137-23; 152, 158-24; 160, 169-24.
2Weir, Alison, "Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy" (Vintage, 2008). p 51.