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Adèle (Capet) de France (abt. 1009 - 1079)

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Adèle "the Holy, Comtesse de Flandre, Comtesse de Corbie" de France formerly Capet aka Messines, de Normandie, Vlaanderen, Flanders, Flandre
Born about in Francemap
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Wife of — married 1028 in Amiensmap
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Died in Abbaye de Messines, comté de Flandremap
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Adela de France (d. 08 Jan 1079)[1]

bur. Messines, Benedictine monastery



Adèle is the second daughter of Robert II (the Pious), and Constance of Arles. In january 1026, she may have been betrothed to Richard, Duc de Normandie (d. Aug 1027), but it's uncertain and there is no evidence that the marriage took place.[2]

What is certain is that Adela did marry Baldwin V, Count of Flanders and had three proven children with him.[4]


  • Countess of Normandy (Jan 1027–Aug 1027),
  • Countess of Flanders (1035–1067).[3]
  • Adela Comtesse de Corbie


m. (1028) Baldwin V, Count of Flanders[1][3][4]

  • Badouin (c. 1030 - d. 17 Jul 1070)
  • Mathilde (c. 1032 - d. 02 Nov 1083).
  • Robert (c. 1035 - d. 13 Oct 1093)
  • (unproven) Henry.[5][5]


Church Reform: 1049

Adèle had a strong interest in Baldwin V’s church reforms and was behind his founding of several collegiate churches. Directly or indirectly, she was responsible for establishing the Colleges of Aire (1049), Lille (1050) and Harelbeke (1064) as well as the abbeys of Messines (1057) and Ename (1063).
After Baldwin’s death in 1067, she went to Rome, took the nun’s veil from the hands of Pope Alexander II and retired to the Benedictine convent of Messines, near Ypres. There she later died and was buried at the convent. Honoured as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, her commemoration day is 8 September.[3]

Regent of France: 1060

Adèle's influence lay mainly through her family connections. On the death of her brother, Henry I of France, the guardianship of his seven-year-old son Philip I fell jointly on his widow, Ann of Kiev, and on his brother-in-law, Adela's husband, so that from 1060 to 1067, they were Regents of France.[4][3]

Son invades Flanders: 1071

In 1071, Adela's third son, Robert the Frisian, planned to invade Flanders even though at that time the Count of Flanders was Adela's grandson, Arnulf III. When she heard about Robert's plans, she asked Philip I to stop him. Philip sent soldiers to support Arnulf including a contingent of ten Norman knights led by William FitzOsborn. Robert's forces attacked Arnulf's numerically superior army at Cassel before it could organize, and Arnulf was killed along with William FitzOsborn. Robert's overwhelming victory led to Philip making peace with Robert and investing him as Count of Flanders. A year later, Philip married Robert's stepdaughter, Bertha of Holland, and in 1074, Philip restored the seigneurie of Corbie to the crown.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cawley, 2006.[1]
  2. Betrothal, (Cawley (2006) citing Kerrebrouck). In Jan 1026, Richard, duc de Normandie deeded property to a woman he married named Adela, but no proof it was Adela de France. The charter does not name his wife's parents (Cawley, 2006).[2] Baldwin (2006), is even more strict and eliminates Richard all together.[3]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wikipedia: Adèle of France, Countess of Flanders.
  4. Cawley names documents which identify Adela, daughter of King Robert, as wife of Baldwin (Balduino, Baudouin) of Flanders.
  5. Baldwin (2006) mentions that Henry is an alleged / uncertain child, while Cawley (2006), does not list him at all.


  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 by Douglas Richardson Vol. I page 17
  • Baldwin, S. (2006, October 12). "Baldwin (Baudouin) V de Lille (Balduinus Insulanus, Balduinus Pius)." The Henry Project. Web.[6]
  • Cawley, C. (2006). "Adela de France." Medieval Lands v.4.[7]

Citations and Notes See also...

  • Rev. F. O. Morris, ed. A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. London, England: William Mackenzie, 1866?-1880?

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Also note that the mother of Capet-653 has the same name (un-anglicized) "Constanza". Capet-653 was engaged to a (Royal) 'Richard' (though, not Duc de Normandie). Likely this may be where the confusion appears... Not that this profile is ALys Capet- but that the connection to a Richard is confusing research (or, misleading it, as mentioned below). Noting also that this profile has a child "Henry" listed (which alludes to Alys Capet, King Henry's mistress). There is a lot to sort when it comes to Alys/Alix/Alais/ (various other spellings of her name).
posted by C (Gervais) Anonymous
See Capet-653 and Capet-107. I believe these are all meant to be the same person, though some people are attempting to spirit Alys/ Alix/ Alice/ Aelis away through various merges/ disconnections, etc., likely due to the following:

"Alys Capet was betrothed to Richard I. In January 1169, Louis and Henry II of England signed a contract for the marriage between Alys and Henry's son Richard the Lionheart. The 8-year-old Alys was then sent to England as Henry's ward.

In 1177, Cardinal Peter of Saint Chrysogonus, on behalf of Pope Alexander III, threatened to place England's continental possessions under an interdict if Henry did not proceed with the marriage. There were widespread rumors that Henry had not only made Alys his mistress, but that she had borne him a child."

posted by C (Gervais) Anonymous
Capet-53 and Capet-24 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge these duplicate profiles.
Her b-date is prior to her Father's so something is not correct. Sry I don't have the solution.
posted by Richard Schuerger
Capet-434 and Capet-53 appear to represent the same person because: She was down as the daughter of Hugh Capet, her grandfather, I changed the dates of birth and death, same spouse, same parents, same time frame, same locations, I do not need to be on profile.
Per RJ's suggestion (see note on top of bio), I have removed the Rejected Match with Adélaïde Capet.

This profile needs to be disconnected from its current parents.

Nop Problem with delinking amnd removal, not sure how to do it so leave it to others, Robin
posted by Robin Wood
issue solved... please do not connect her to Richard Forestarius (left him with Baldwin V just in case duplicates come back to haunt the tree, but removal is good too). She has 3 proven kids; 4 max with alleged/unproven Henry the clerk.
posted by Bree Ogle
While it clearly states in the biography that Adele had no children with her first husband Richard of Normandy, there are WikiTree links to one or more children supposedly of Adele and Richard. I propose to de-link them. Would that cause any problems?
posted by Jack Day
Countess of Flanders-8 and Capet-53 appear to represent the same person because: Same husbands, same name (Adele) and same dates.
posted by Ross Ashley

Adèle is 25 degrees from Frederick Douglass, 28 degrees from Margaret Summitt and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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