Floris I, Count of Holland

Floris I of Holland (born c. 1017 in Vlaardingen – killed June 28, 1061 in Guelders (Gelderland), Netherlands was Count of Holland, then called Frisia west of the Vlie, from 1049 to 1061. He was a son of Dirk III and Othelindis.

Floris I of Holland
Count in Frisia
Floris I as imagined in the 16th century
Reign13 January 1049 – 28 June 1061
PredecessorDirk IV
SuccessorDirk V
Died(1061-06-28)June 28, 1061
SpouseGertrude of Saxony
IssueDirk V
Houseof Holland
FatherDirk III

He succeeded his brother Dirk IV, Count of Holland, who was murdered in 1049. He was involved in a war of a few Lotharingian vassals against the imperial authority. On a retreat from Zaltbommel he was ambushed and killed in battle at Nederhemert (called Hamerth at the time), on 28 June 1061.

Family and children

He married ca. 1050 Gertrude of Saxony, daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and Eilika of Schweinfurt, and had at least three children by her:

  1. Dirk V (c. 1052, Vlaardingen – 17 June 1091).
  2. Bertha (c. 1055–1094, Montreuil-sur-Mer), who married Philip I of France in 1072.[1]
  3. Floris (b. c. 1055), a canon at Liége.

Gertrude married secondly in 1063 Robert the Frisian, Count of Flanders,[1] who also acted as guardian for the children of her previous marriage and as regent for his stepson until 1071.


  1. William (of Malmesbury), Gesta Regum Anglorum: The History of the English Kings: General introduction and commentary, Volume 2, Roger Aubrey Baskerville Mynors, Rodney M. Thomson and Michael Winterbottom, (Oxford University Press, 1999), 244.

Preceded by
Dirk IV
Count of Friesland west of the Vlie
Succeeded by
Dirk V

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