Adelaide, Countess of Burgundy

Adelaide of Merania (or Alice, Alix died 8 March 1279, Évian) was Countess of Burgundy from 1248 until her death. She was also Countess of Savoy and Bresse through her marriage in 1267 to Philip I, Count of Savoy.

Adelaide of Merania
Countess of Burgundy, suo jure
Countess of Savoy and Bresse
Died(1279-03-08)8 March 1279
BuriedCherlieu Abbey near Besançon
Noble familyHouse of Andechs
Spouse(s)Hugh, Count of Salins
Philip I, Count of Savoy
FatherOtto I, Duke of Merania
MotherBeatrice II, Countess of Burgundy


Adelaide was the daughter of Otto I, Duke of Merania and Beatrice II, Countess of Burgundy.[1] She inherited the County after the death of her brother, Otto III, Count Palatine of Burgundy, in 1248. As countess, she came into conflict with King Rudolph I.

Adelaide died in 1279 and was buried in Cherlieu Abbey near Besançon.


Adelaide married Hugh, Count of Salins (died 1266), from a younger branch of male-line dynasty of Ivrean-originated Counts of Burgundy, around 1239. They had, among others, the following children:

1. Otto IV, Count of Burgundy[1] (died 1302), married
in 1271 to 1. Philippa of Bar
in 1285 to 2. Mahaut of Artois
2. Renaud, Count of Montbéliard (died 1322)[2]
3. John[2]
4. Guia of Burgundy (died 1316), married in 1274 to Thomas III of Savoy,[2] count in Piedmont and pretender of County of Savoy and son of Thomas II of Savoy, thus a nephew of her second husband.
5. Hugh (died 1312)[2]
6. Police (Hippolyta), married to Aymer IV, Count of Valence (1277–1330)[2]
7. Elizabeth (d. 1275), married in 1250 to Hartman the Young, Count of Kyburg (d. 1263)[2] and had a daughter:
Anne, married in 1273 to Eberhard of Habsburg-Laufenburg

On 11 June 1267, Adelaide married Philip,[2] a past Archbishop of Lyon who became Count of Savoy in the following year (died 1285). The marriage remained childless.


  1. Guida Myrl Jackson-Laufer, Women Rulers Throughout the Ages: An Illustrated Guide, (ABC-CLIO, 1999), 19.
  2. Eugene L. Cox, The Eagles of Savoy, (Princeton University Press, 1974), 463.

Adelaide, Countess of Burgundy
 Died: 8 March 1279
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Otto III
Countess of Burgundy
Succeeded by
Otto IV

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