Theobald V, Count of Blois

Theobald V of Blois (1130 – 20 January 1191[1]), also known as Theobald the Good (French: Thibaut le Bon), was Count of Blois from 1151 to 1191.

Theobald V
Count of Blois
jure uxoris Lord of Chateaurenault
Died20 January 1191 (aged 6061)
Noble familyHouse of Blois
Spouse(s)Sybil of Chateaurenault
Alix of France
(m. 1164–91; his death)
FatherTheobald II, Count of Champagne
MotherMatilda of Carinthia


He was son of Theobald II of Champagne and Matilda of Carinthia.[2] Although he was the second son, Theobald inherited Blois (including Chartres), while his elder brother, Henry got the more important county of Champagne.

He first married Sybil of Chateaurenault, which made him jure uxoris Lord of Chateaurenault. Next, in 1164, he married Alix of France, daughter of Louis VII of France and his first wife Eleanor of Aquitaine.[3]

According to medieval Jewish sources, in 1171 Theobald was responsible for orchestrating the first blood libel in continental Europe. His alleged Jewish mistress Pulcelina of Blois unsuccessfully attempted to prevent him.[4] As a result of a church-sponsored trial, 30 or 31 members of the Jewish community were burned at the stake.[5]

Theobald lived primarily in Chartres and had its city walls renovated. After joining his brother Henry and a number of other nobles in opposing the young king Philip II, he reconciled with the king and supported him on the Third Crusade. He arrived in the summer of 1190 in the Holy Land and died on 20 January 1191, during the Siege of Acre.


Theobald and Alix had seven children:

  1. Theobald, d. young
  2. Philip, d. young
  3. Henry, d. young
  4. Louis I of Blois (d. 1205)[2]
  5. Alix, Abbess of Fontevrault
  6. Margaret, married Walter of Avesnes, later Countess of Blois[6]
  7. Isabella, married John II, lord of Oisy and Montreuil[6]


  1. Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad, Vita Saladini 93 (p. 236). Cfr. Matthew Paris, s.a. 1191 (II, p. 370), Haymar Monachus, De Expugnatione Acconis (p. 38).
  2. Thompson 2002, p. 95.
  3. Crosby 2013, p. 95.
  4. Emily Taitz, Sondra Henry & Cheryl Tallan, The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 1900 C.E., 2003
  5. Nissan Mindel (16 June 2006). "The Martyrs of Blois - (circa 1171) - Jewish History". Kehot Publication Society. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. Pollock 2015, p. 135.


  • Crosby, Everett U. (2013). The King's Bishops: The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Thompson, Kathleen (2002). Power and Border Lordship in Medieval France: The County of the Perche, 1000-1226. The Boydell Press.
  • Pollock, M.A. (2015). Scotland, England and France after the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296. The Boydell Press.

Theobald V, Count of Blois
Born: 1130 Died: 20 January 1191
Preceded by
Theobald IV
Count of Blois
Succeeded by
Louis I

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