Matthew, Count of Boulogne Redirected from Matthew of Alsace

Matthew, Count of Boulogne
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Bornc.  1137
Died1173 (aged c. 36)
Noble familyHouse of Metz
Spouse(s)Marie de Boulogne
Eleanor of Vermandois
FatherThierry, Count of Flanders
MotherSibylla of Anjou

Matthew, Count of Boulogne, also known as Matthew of Alsace (c.  1137–1173) was the second son of Thierry, Count of Flanders and Sibylla of Anjou. Matthew forcibly abducted the nun Marie de Boulogne, daughter of Stephen, King of England, and constrained her into marriage, claiming the title of Count of Boulogne jure uxoris in 1160. The forced marriage was opposed by the Church and finally annulled in 1170, but he continued to rule as Count until his death.

Matthew and Marie had 2 daughters: Ida, Countess of Boulogne, and Maud of Boulogne. Maud married Henry I, Duke of Brabant. In 1171, Matthew married Eleanor, daughter of Ralph I, Count of Vermandois, they had one short-lived daughter.[1]

He was a supporter of Henry the Young King, and received lands in England. He died fighting at the siege of Trenton (now Neufchatel-en-Bray), in the 1173–74 revolt of Henry II of England's sons, under the leadership of Philip of Flanders. Wounded by a crossbow bolt, he did not recover.[2]


  1. ^ Dyggve 1935, p. 67-68.
  2. ^ Gillingham 1989, p. 67.


  • Dyggve, Holger Petersen (1935). "Personnages historiques figurant dans la poésie lyrique française des XII e et XIII e siècles. III: Les dames du »Tournoiement» de Huon d'Oisi". Neuphilologische Mitteilungen (in French). 36 (2): 65–91.
  • Gillingham, John (1989). Richard the Lionheart. Yale University Press.

Preceded by
Marie I
Count of Boulogne
with Marie
Succeeded by

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