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Duke of Brabant

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The title Duke of Brabant was created when the counts of Leuven acquired the duchy of Lower Lorraine after the death of Godfrey of Bouillon. "Their claim to ducal office arrived more obviously through wives of eleventh-century counts of Louvain: Lambert I’s wife Gerberge, a daughter of Duke Charles; and Lambert II’s wife Oda, a daughter of Duke Gozelo" [1] (http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/d/c/dcj121/prosop/counts/countyA/county27.htm).

From Henry I onwards, as the importance of Lower Lorraine fell, the counts of Leuven started to name themselves after Brabant, the region in which Leuven is located. In 1288, the dukes of Brabant became also dukes of Limburg. The title fell to the Dukes of Burgundy in 1430, and from then on passed with the rest of the Burgundian inheritance until the French Revolution, although a large part of the territory of Brabant was actually governed by the United Provinces in the 17th and 18th century (see Generality Lands).

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House of Leuven

House of Valois

House of Habsburg

In modern times, the title Duke of Brabant is held by the crown prince of Belgium.


See also: Dukes of Brabant family tree

External link

fr:Duc de Brabant

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