Fulk III of ANJOU
972-June 21, 1040
Father: Geoffrey I of ANJOU (?-July 21, 987)
Mother: Adele of MEAUX (?-?)
Wife 1: Elisabeth VENDOME (?-December 999) *his cousin, daughter of Bouchard IV, Count of VENDOME
Fulk III had her burned to death at the stake in her wedding dress, after discovering her in adultery with a goatherd in December 999.
Wife 2: Hildegard of SUNDGAU (?-?)
- FACTS: He was the founder of Angevin power. He was only fifteen years of age when he succeeded his father. He had a violent but also pious temperament, partial to acts of extreme cruelty as well as penitence.
Fulk of Anjou, plunderer, murderer, robber, and swearer of false oaths, a truly terrifying character of fiendish cruelty, founded not one but two large abbeys. This Fulk was filled with unbridled passion, a temper directed to extremes. Whenever he had the slightest difference with a neighbor he rushed upon his lands, ravaging, pillaging, raping, and killing; nothing could stop him, least of all the commandments of God.
- DEATH: June 21, 1040, Metz; buried in the chapel of his monastery at Beaulieu
Children by Elisabeth VENDOME:
Children by Hildegard of SUNDGAU:
Geoffrey II "Martel" of ANJOU (?-?) *died childless, the title then passed to his nephew, son of Ermengard of ANJOU
Ermengard of ANJOU (?-?)
Geoffrey I of ANJOU|
| |Gerberge of MAINE |
|--Fulk III of ANJOU
|Adele of MEAUX
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