Henry V of Luxembourg

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Henry V
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Count of Arlon as Henry V
Reign 2 July 1226 – 24 December 1281
Predecessor Waleran III
Successor Henry VI
Lord of Ligny as Henry I
Reign 1240 - 24 December 1281
Predecessor Henry II of Bar
Successor Waleran I
Count of Luxembourg and Laroche as Henry V
Reign 12 February 1247 – 24 December 1281
Predecessor Ermesinda
Successor Henry VI (Luxembourg)
Waleran I (Laroche)
Count of Namur as Henry III
Reign 1256 - 1264
Predecessor Baldwin II
Successor Guy
Born 1216
Died 24 December 1281 (aged 64–65)
Spouse Margaret of Bar
Issue Henry VI, Count of Luxembourg
Waleran I, Lord of Ligny
Isabelle of Luxembourg
Philippa of Luxembourg
Margaret of Luxembourg
Felicitas of Luxembourg
Jeanne of Luxembourg
House Luxembourg
Father Waleran III of Limburg
Mother Ermesinda 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.

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, 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. 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.

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

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.


From Margaret he had the following issue:

He also had at least three illegitimate sons, including:

  • Henry, bastard of Luxembourg (died 1288), married Isabelle of Houffalize, heiress of Houffalize


  1. John A. Gade, Luxemburg in the Middle Ages, (E.J. Brill, 1951), 96.
  2. J. F. Verbruggen, The Battle of the Golden Spurs (Courtrai, 11 July 1302), ed. Kelly DeVries, transl. David Richard Ferguson, (Boydell Press, 2002), 8.

Henry V 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