Henry V, Count of Luxembourg

Henry V the Blondell (1216 – 24 December 1281), called the Great, was the count of Arlon from 1226 to his death, lord of Ligny from 1240 to his death, count of Luxembourg and Laroche from 1247 to his death, and the count of Namur between 1256 and 1264 as Henry III. He was the son and successor of Waleran III of Limburg and Ermesinda of Luxembourg.[1]

Henry V
Count of Arlon
Reign2 July 1226 – 24 December 1281
PredecessorWaleran III
SuccessorHenry VI
Lord of Ligny
Reign1240 – 24 December 1281
PredecessorHenry II of Bar
SuccessorWaleran I
Count of Luxembourg and Laroche
Reign12 February 1247 – 24 December 1281
SuccessorHenry VI (Luxembourg)
Waleran I (Laroche)
Count of Namur
PredecessorBaldwin II
Died24 December 1281 (aged 6465)
SpouseMargaret of Bar
IssueHenry VI, Count of Luxembourg
Waleran I, Lord of Ligny
Isabelle of Luxembourg
Philippa of Luxembourg
Margaret of Luxembourg
Felicitas of Luxembourg
Jeanne of Luxembourg
FatherWaleran III of Limburg
MotherErmesinda of Luxembourg

In 1226, following the death of his father Waleran III, Henry inherited the county of Arlon.

In 1240 Henry married Margaret of Bar,[1] daughter of Henry II of Bar and Philippa of Dreux who was the great-granddaughter of King Louis VI of France. Henry's marriage to Margaret brought him Ligny-en-Barrois as her dowry,[1] though, by a clause in the marriage contract, it remained under the feudal suzerainty of the county of Bar. In contempt of this, Henry paid homage in 1256 to Theobald II of Navarre, in his capacity as Count of Champagne. Henry's brother-in-law, Theobald II of Bar, took advantage of the conflict then raging between Frederick III of Lorraine and the bishops of Metz. Henry V was a partisan of the duke and so Theobald took the side of the bishop. Henry was captured in battle at Prény on 14 September 1266.[2] On 8 September 1268, King Louis IX arbitrated between the two counts and Henry was freed and repossessed of Ligny, but under the suzerainty of the Barrois.[3]

Henry inherited Luxembourg and Laroche following the death of his mother, Ermesinde, in 1247.[4]

In 1256, Henry seized Namur while the reigning margrave, Baldwin II, was also reigning emperor in Constantinople. Baldwin relinquished his rights to Namur to Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders, who retook the margraviate from Henry. The two parties made peace and Guy married Henry's daughter, Isabelle.

Upon receiving 15,000 tournois from the Pope, Henry joined Prince Edward of England on the Ninth Crusade.[5] He returned with his remaining retainers after the crusaders achieved a truce with the Mamluk Sultanate.[5]


From Margaret he had the following issue:

He also had at least two illegitimate sons,[6] including:

  • Henry, bastard of Luxembourg (died 1288),[6] married Isabelle of Houffalize, heiress of Houffalize
  • Baldwin[6]

All of his sons perished in the Battle of Worringen in 1288.


  1. Gade 1951, p. 96.
  2. Gade 1951, p. 98.
  3. Gade 1951, p. 99.
  4. Jackson-Laufer 1999, p. 139.
  5. Gade 1951, p. 100.
  6. Gade 1951, p. 102.
  7. Verbruggen 2002, p. 8.
  8. Arblaster 2012, p. 81.


  • Arblaster, Paul (2012). A History of the Low Countries. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gade, John A. (1951). Luxemburg in the Middle Ages. E.J. Brill.
  • Jackson-Laufer, Guida Myrl (1999). Women Rulers Throughout the Ages: An Illustrated Guide. ABC-CLIO.
  • Verbruggen, J. F. (2002). DeVries, Kelly (ed.). The Battle of the Golden Spurs (Courtrai, 11 July 1302). Translated by Ferguson, David Richard. Boydell Press.

Henry V, Count of Luxembourg
Born: 1216 Died: 24 December 1281
Preceded by
Count of Laroche
Succeeded by
Waleran I
Count of Luxembourg
Succeeded by
Henry VI
Preceded by
Waleran III
Count of Arlon
Preceded by
Baldwin II
Count of Namur
Succeeded by

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