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Edward I, Count of Bar

Edward I, Count of Bar

French nobleman
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French nobleman
Countries France
Occupations Feudatory
Gender male
Birth 1296
Death 11 November 1336 (Famagusta, Famagusta District, Cyprus)
Family
Mother: Eleanor of EnglandCountess of Bar
Father: Henry IIICount of Bar
Siblings: Joan of BarCountess of Surrey
Spouse: Marie of Burgundy
Children: Henry IVCount of BarEleonore of BarBeatrice of Bari
The details
Biography

Edward I (died November 1336), was the Count of Bar from 1302 to his death. He was a minor when he succeeded his father, Henry III, as count and ruled under the regency of his grandfather, as his mother Eleanor was dead since 1298.

The county was governed on Edward's behalf by John of Puisaye, Theobald, Bishop of Liège, and Renaud, Bishop of Metz.

In 1308, he accompanied Frederick IV of Lorraine into battle. In 1310, he married Mary, daughter of Robert II, Duke of Burgundy, and was declared to have attained his majority. Then he purchased the lordship of Stenay from his uncle John, the aforementioned lord of Puisaye. In 1313, he was captured in war against Frederick and not ransomed until 1314. He constructed a hydraulic forge at Moyeuvre-Grande in 1323. In 1324, he was again allied in military operations with the duke of Lorraine, and also with the King of Bohemia, John, and the Archbishop of Trier, Baldwin of Luxembourg. This operations was the War of Metz, for each of the allied lords was owed something by the citizens of Metz. Edward demanded compensation for garrisoning the city with his own troops during a conflict with the bishop of Verdun.

In 1336, Edward died in a shipwreck off the coast of Famagusta, Cyprus, while en route to a Crusade. By his wife, he left three children:

  • Henry IV, his successor
  • Eleanor (died 1332), married (1330) Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, son of Frederick IV
  • Beatrice, married Guido Gonzaga, Lord of Mantua
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