|Birth: ||1052, Belgium|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1091, Belgium|
Count of Frisia and Holland
Dirk was the eldest son of Floris I, the Count of Holland and Gertude of Saxony, the daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony.
Dirk's father was killed in an ambush when Dirk was under age, but he succeeded his father with his mother as regent. The Bishop of Utrecht, William I, had the Emperor Henry VI confirm territory William had taken from young Dirk was indeed William's, the charters dated April 30, 1064 and May 2, 1064. That left Dirk in possession of only the lands west of the Vlie and around the mouths of the Rhine. Gertrude withdrew with her son to the Frisian islands, Zeeland, leaving William to occupy his stolen territories.
In 1063 Gertrude married Robert of Flanders, the second son of Baldwin V of Flanders, who gave Dirk the Imperial Flanders, including the islands of Frisia west of the Frisian Scheldt, and became Dirk's guardian, and in his own right and that of his step-son, the rightful ruler of all Frisia.
Dirk's brother, Baldwin VI died in 1070, his son, Arnulf, was to be under Robert's guardianship, but his widowed sister-in-law, Richilde, Countess of Mons and Hainaut, fought the claim until Arnulf was killed and Richilde captured during Robert's victory at Cassel February 1071.
Meanwhile, the Pope excommunicated the Emperor Henry IV who was supported by Bishop Utrecht, the people tried to regain the territories taken by Utrecht but were subdued by an army sent by Henry IV and led by the hunchback Godfrey IV, Duke of Lower Lorraine. In 1076 both Godfrey (murdered) and Utrecht died, leaving Dirk to control his own estates at long last. Dirk and his step-father raised an army to take back the properties and arrest Utrecht's successor. The Bishop escaped persecution by surrendering all his disputed lands.
Dirk V was succeeded by his son, Floris II, and was buried in the Egmond Abbey alongside his ancestors.
Floris I of Holland (1020 - 1061)
Geertruida von Sachsen (1033 - 1113)
Floris II of Holland (____ - 1121)*
Dirk V Count of Holland (1052 - 1091)
Bertha of Holland (1055 - 1093)*
Egmond aan den Hoef
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
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