Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

Foulques III, Comte d\'Anjou

Male Abt 972 - 1040  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Foulques III  
    Suffix Comte d\'Anjou 
    Born Abt 972 
    Gender Male 
    History Foulques III \'Nerra\' was born about 972, the son of Geoffrey I, count of Anjou, and Adelais de Vermandois. He began his reign in 987 by seizing Châteaudun to secure himself against his neighbours Eudes II, count of Blois and Champagne, and Gelduin, lord of Saumur. In 992, after winning the battle of Conquereuil against the Bretons, he pillaged and devastated the area. In his time, castles of wood were still being built as well as those of stone. Between 992 and 994 Foulques built the stone castle at Langeais, which is the earliest stone castle to have survived.

    In 1026 Foulques took Saumur and built many castles in Anjou for use as offensive bases: Trèves on the Loire, Durtal also on the Loire above Angers, and a ring of forts encircling Tours. According to Richard Erdoes, in his _AD 1000: Living on the Brink of Apocalypse_: \'Not all founders of monasteries were known for their kindness. Fulk of Anjou, plunderer, murderer, robber, and swearer of false (sic) oaths, a truly terrifying character of fiendish cruelty, founded not one but two large abbeys (Beaulieu-des-Loches near Tours and St.Nicholas at Angers). Foulques was filled with unbridled passion, a temper directed to extremes. Whenever he had the slightest difference with a neighbour he would rush upon his lands, ravaging, pillaging, raping and killing; nothing could stop him, least of all the commandments of God. This appalling man had countless crimes upon his conscience, but when seized with a fit of remorse, he abandoned himself to incredible penance. Thus the very tomb of St. Martin, whose monks he had ill-treated, saw him prostrate, with bare feet and in penitent\'s dress; and during his life he went to Jerusalem several times as a devout pilgrim, treading half-naked the sorrowful road of the passion while two of his servants flogged him until the blood flowed, crying: \'Lord, receive thy perjured Foulques!\'.

    He married twice: with his first wife Elisabeth de Vendôme he had a daughter Adele. He had Elisabeth boiled to death for infidelity in December 999. With his second wife Hildegarde he had two children of whom Ermengarde would have progeny. Foulques went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times: in 1002, about 1008 and in 1039. He died on 22 May 1040.  [1
    Died 22 May, 1040 
    Person ID I1170  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2018 

    Father Geoffrey I of Anjou, Count of Anjou,   b. c. 938/940,   d. 21 Jul 987  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Adelais de Vermandois,   b. Abt 950,   d. Abt 6 Mar, 974, Angers Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married Abt 965 
    Family ID F2140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elisabeth de Vendome,   d. Dec 999, Angers (boiled to death) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Adele d\'Anjou, Comtesse de Vendome,   b. Abt 990
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F2136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020210&tree=LEO.