Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy

Hugh III (1142 – August 25, 1192) was duke of Burgundy between 1162 and 1192. Hugh was the eldest son of Duke Odo II and Marie, daughter of Theobald II, Count of Champagne.[1]

Hugh III
Seal of Hugh III of Burgundy
Duke of Burgundy
PredecessorOdo II
SuccessorOdo III
Died(1192-08-25)25 August 1192
SpouseAlice of Lorraine
Béatrice of Albon
Odo III, Duke of Burgundy
Guy VI of Viennois
Margaret of Burgundy
FatherOdo II, Duke of Burgundy
MotherMarie of Champagne

The rule of Hugh III marked the ending of a period of relative peace in the duchy of Burgundy. Hugh was a belligerent man and soon was involved in conflicts against King Louis VII of France over their borders. When Philip Augustus succeeded Louis in 1180, Hugh seized the opportunity and forced several men to change their allegiance to Burgundy. Philip II was not happy with the loss of his vassals and invaded the duchy, besieging Châtillon. The town fell and with it, its garrison, commanded by Odo, Hugh's heir. A peace was negotiated and Hugh had to pay a high ransom for his son and give up ambitions over French territory.

In 1187, Hugh transferred the capital of Burgundy to Dijon, and endeavoured to turn the city into a major commercial centre.

Hugh then turned his energies to the Holy Land, embarking in the Third Crusade in the retinue of Philip II.[2] When Philip returned to France, he left Hugh in charge of the French troops.[3] Hugh played a major role in the victory of the Battle of Arsuf (September 7, 1191) and at the Siege of Acre, where he died August 1192.[2]

Marriage and issue

He was married twice:

Firstly, in 1165, to Alice (1145–1200),[1] daughter of Matthias I, Duke of Lorraine; he repudiated her in 1183. By his first marriage, he produced:

  • Odo III (1166–1218),[1] his successor in the Duchy
  • Alexander (1170–1206), Lord of Montaigu, married Beatrix of Montaigu[1]
  • Douce (1175 – c.1219), married in 1196 Simon of Semur (d.1219), Lord of Luzy
  • Alice (b.1177), married Béraud VII, Lord of Mercœur

Secondly, in 1183, to Beatrice,(1161–1228),[1] Countess of Albon and Dauphine of Viennois, daughter of Guigues, Count of Albon and Dauphin of Viennois. By his second marriage, he produced:

See also


  1. According Ernest Petit, Amadeus married Anna, a daughter of Guigues VI Viennois, while Jean-Pierre Moret de Bourchenu Valbonnais states Amadeus married Margaret.[4]


  1. Bouchard 1987, p. 256.
  2. Painter 1969, p. 85.
  3. Gillingham 1999, p. 164.
  4. Cox 1974, p. 392.


  • Bouchard, Constance Brittain (1987). Sword, Miter, and Cloister: Nobility and the Church in Burgundy, 980–1198. Cornell University Press.
  • Cox, Eugene L (1974). The Eagles of Savoy. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691052166.
  • Gillingham, John (1999). Richard I. Yale University Press.
  • Painter, Sidney (1969). "The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionhearted and Philip Augustus". In Setton, Kenneth M.; Wolff, Robert Lee; Hazard, Harry W. (eds.). The Later Crusades, 1189-1311. University of Wisconsin Press.
Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy
Born: 1142 Died: 25 August 1192
Preceded by
Odo II
Duke of Burgundy
Succeeded by
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