Godfrey I of Brabant "The Bearded" Count of Brabant, Brusels and Louvain, Duke of Lower Lorraine, Margrave of Antwerp, Godefroi de Louvain
Godfrey was the second son of Henry II of Brabant, Count of Louvan and Adela, the daughter of Count Everard of Orthen. Grandson of Lambert II Count of Louvain and Oda de Verdun. Born about 1060 in Brabant, now Belgium.
Godfrey had an unknown first wife, and secondly married Ida of Namur, the daughter of Otto II of Namur and Adelaide of Chiny. They had the following children:
* Adeliza of Louvain, wife of Henry I, King of England & William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel
* Godfrey II of Louvain, Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Landgrave of Brabant, Count of Brussels and Louvain
* Clarissa d. 1140
* Henry, monk at the abbey of Affligem
* Ida, wife of Arnold II, count of Cleves
* Joscelin of Louvain, married Agnes De Percy
After Ida died in 1125, Godfrey married Clementia, the daughter of William I, Count of Burgundy, and widow of Robert II, Count of Flanders. They had no children.
Godfrey succeeded his brother Henry III in 1095. His life and rule was full of struggles over land with many political heads of state and religious powers. Godfrey's peers were the Emperor Henry IV, King Henry of England, Pope Paschal II, Robert II of Flanders, Baldwin of Flanders abd Charles the Good.
Godfrey retired to the abbey of Affligem, dying of old age on 25 January 1139, buried in the left aisle of the abbey church.
Bio by Anne Shurtleff Stevens