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comtesse Marguerite III Valois-Bourgogne (Dampierre), de Flandre

Birthplace: Kasteel van Male, Male, West-Vlaanderen, Flemish Region, Belgium
Death: March 16, 1405 (54)
Arras, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Place of Burial: Lille, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Comte de Flandres Louis II “de Mâle” de Flandre..., Count of Flanders and Margaretha de Mâle Flanders Nevers
Wife of Philippe de Rouvres, duc de Bourgogne and Philip II the Bold, Duke of Burgundy
Mother of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy; Charles de Bourgogne; Marguerite de Bourgogne; Louis de Bourgogne; Catherine de Bourgogne and 4 others
Half sister of Jeanne van Vlaanderen; Beatrix van Vlaanderen; Margaretha van Vlaanderen; Marguerite de Flandres; Jeanne de Flandre, dame de Joigny and 7 others

Occupation: Countess of Flanders, Countess of Flanders (as Margaret III), Countess of Artois and Countess Palatine of Burgundy (as Margaret II) and twice Duchess consort of Burgundy, d. 3-16-1404/1405, Condesa de Flandes
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About Margaret III, Countess of Flanders

Marguerite de Flandre or Margaret of Dampierre,_Countess_of_Flanders
And in French:

Margaret of Dampierre (13 April 1350 – 16/21 March 1405) was

  • Countess of Flanders (as Margaret III)
  • Countess of Artois
  • Countess Palatine of Burgundy (as Margaret II)
  • twice Duchess consort of Burgundy
  • Heiress of the Duchies of Brabant and Limburg through her mother, (Margaret of Brabant, daughter of John III, Duke of Brabant)


She was the daughter and heir of Louis de Mâle, Count of Flanders, Count of Nevers, and Count of Rethel (1346–1384); and his wife Margaret of Brabant. Through his mother, Margaret I, Louis was also Count of Burgundy and Count of Artois (1382–1384).

In 1357, the young Margaret, then seven, married Philip of Rouvres, grandson and heir of Eudes IV, Duke of Burgundy. Philip was eleven years old and her second cousin. He was count of Burgundy and Artois (1347–1361), Duke of Burgundy (1350–1361), and became yet Count of Auvergne and Boulogne (1360–1361).

Margaret was widowed in 1361, and with the death of her husband the duchy of Burgundy was inherited by John II of France (as John I of Burgundy). In 1363 Philip the Bold, John's youngest son, was granted the duchy as Philip II of Burgundy, and subsequently married its former duchess in 1369. Philip had earlier been Duke of Touraine (1359–1363), and became later also count of Charolais (1390–1404). When Margaret's father died in 1384, she and Philip inherited the counties of Artois, Burgundy, Flanders, Nevers, and Rethel. Philip died in 1404, and Margaret died the next year.

According to Guizot, her father had not wished her to marry a Frenchman, being more friendly to England; he was persuaded to agree to the marriage by his mother, Margaret of France.


Margaret and Philip had the following children:

  • John the Fearless (1371–1419, murdered at Montereau), his eldest son and successor as Duke of Burgundy
  • Charles (1372–1373)
  • Margaret of Burgundy (October 1374 – March 8, 1441, Le Quesnoy), Countess of Mortain married William VI, Count of Holland and Duke of Bavaria-Straubing
  • Louis (1377–1378)
  • Catherine of Burgundy (April 1378, Montbard – January 24, 1425, Grey-sur-Saone), married Leopold IV, Duke of Austria
  • Bonne (1379–1399, Arras)
  • Antoine, Duke of Brabant (August, 1384 – October 25, 1415, at Agincourt)
  • Mary of Burgundy (September 1380, Dijon – October 2, 1422, Thonon-les-Bains), married Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy
  • Philip II, Count of Nevers and Rethel (1389–1415, at Agincourt)

Her eldest son, John the Fearless, succeeded her in 1405 as Duke of Burgundy, Count of Burgundy, Count of Artois, and Count of Flanders. In 1406 her younger son Anthony inherited Brabant and Limburg. Nevers was at first, in her lifetime, given to their eldest son John, but after his accession to duchy, went later to her youngest son Philip.


Margaret III, Countess of Flanders

House of Dampierre

Born: 13 April 1350 Died: 21 March 1405

Regnal titles

Preceded by

Louis of Mâle Countess of Artois Artois Arms.svg and Flanders Blason Comte-de-Flandre.svg, Countess Palatine of Burgundy Blason comte fr Nevers.svg

30 January 1384 – 21 March 1405 Succeeded by

John the Fearless

Countess of Nevers Blason comte fr Nevers.svg


Countess of Rethel :Armoiries Rethel 3 rateaux.svg

30 January 1384 – 1402 Succeeded by

Anthony of Burgundy



Marguerite de Dampierre, 1350-1405, comtesse de Flandre et d'Artois, duchesse de Bourgogne.

Elle fut deux fois duchesse de Bourgogne par mariage, et suo jure une grande héritière (héritière présumée de Flandre, Nevers, Rethel, Brabant, Limbourg, Artois et Franche-Comté). Elle est l'ancêtre de la 2e lignée de ducs de Bourgogne, par son deuxième mariage.


Marguerite III de Flandre. Une page de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre.

Stamboom nr. : 1.673.549.

Generatie : 21.

Gelijk aan nr. : 836.781 - generatie : 20.

Stamboom nr. : 836.781.

Generatie : 20.

Stamboom nr. : 1.674.021.

Generatie : 21.

Gelijk aan nr. 836.781 - generatie : 20.


Residence: See Photo in Media Section Source: Wikipedia/ Added to Geni by Janet MIlburn 5/17/18

In Burgundy, the Château de Germolles, offered to Margaret of Flanders by Philip the Bold in 1381, was transformed by the Duchess of Burgundy into a sumptuous country estate. It was a large rectangular building, surrounded by a moat, that enclosed a courtyard. The south and east wings contained the living apartments, while the west wing held the reception rooms. Margaret, being energetic and a country lover, decided to develop at the estate some rustic activities that would create a pleasant environment around this favourite residence of hers, as well as developing local agriculture and providing some income for the maintenance of the domain. Thus, she planted a large rose garden, and the petals were sent to Flanders to be used to make rose water. Largely preserved, the Château is today one of the best examples of the princely residences in France at the end of the Middle Ages.

This building is listed on Base Mérimée , a bank of the French Ministry of Culture ( Ministère of the Culture ) about the architectural heritage of France. _____________________________________________________________

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Margaret III, Countess of Flanders's Timeline

April 13, 1350
Kasteel van Male, Male, West-Vlaanderen, Flemish Region, Belgium
April 13, 1350
Troyes, Aube, France
May 28, 1371
Dijon, Burgundy, France
March 1372
October 1374
May 1377
April 1378
Montbard, Burgundy, France
August 1384
Dijon, Burgundy, France