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Marie I
Countess of Boulogne
Coat of arms of the county of Boulogne
Count of Boulogne
Reign 11 October 1159 — 1170
Predecessor William I
Successor Matthew
Spouse Matthew of Alsace
n. 1160; div. 1170
Issue
Ida, Countess of Boulogne
Mathilde of Flanders, Duchess of Brabant
House House of Blois
Father Stephen of Blois, King of the English
Mother Matilda I, Countess of Boulogne
Born 1136
Died 1182 (aged c. 46)
St Austrebert, Montreuil
Burial St Austrebert

Marie of Boulogne (1136 – 1182 in St Austrebert, Montreuil, France) was the Countess of Boulogne from 1159 to 1170.

Marie was born to King Stephen of England and his wife Matilda I, Countess of Boulogne. At an early age, she was apparently placed in a convent, but she became her childless brother William's heir in 1159. Since she was the heiress to the county of Boulogne, she was forced to leave her convent and married off to Matthew of Alsace (Matthias)( c.1130-1173), who would become Count of Boulogne and co-ruler (1160) through his marriage to her. The marriage was not a great success, although they reigned together until their divorce in 1170 and produced two daughters together.

After their divorce, Marie was a nun after 1169 in St. Austrebert, Montreuil and died in 1182. Her former husband Matthew continued to reign as Count of Boulogne until his death in 1173, when their daughter Ida became the Countess. Marie's second daughter Mathilde of Flanders married Henry I, Duke of Brabant in 1179 and they produced six children.

Preceded by
William
Countess of Boulogne
1159-1170
with Matthew I
Succeeded by
Matthew I

Simple English

Marie of Boulogne was the Countess of Boulogne from 1159 until 1170.

Marie was the daughter of Stephen of England and Matilda of Boulogne. She was placed in a convent when she was young so that she could become a nun. When her brother, William of Blois, died, she became the heir of the Count of Boulogne. She had to leave the convent and was married to Matthew of Alsace. Marie and Matthew ruled Boulogne together, but their marriage was not happy and they got a divorce in 1170.

After Marie died, Matthew continued to be the Count of Boulogne until 1173. After this Marie and Matthew's daughter, Ida of Boulogne, became Countess of Boulogne. Marie and Matthew's other daughter, Maud of Boulogne, became the wife of Henry I of Brabant.



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