Foulques (Fulk) III "le Noir" D' ANJOU 5th Count of Anjou 574,5420
- Born: 972, Metz, Austrasia 5132
- Married (1): 1000, Anjou, France
- Married (2): Abt 989 4646
- Died: 21 Jun 1040, Metz, Lorraine, France
From Encyclopedia Britannica Online, article entitled Fulk III Nerra:
"Byname FULK THE BLACK, French FOULQUES LE NOIR, count of Anjou (987-1040), the most powerful of the early rulers of the Angevin dynasty.
"Exposed at first to the attacks of the counts of Brittany, Fulk had to fight for a long time to defend his frontiers, finally driving the Bretons back beyond the frontiers of Anjou. Having made himself master in the west, he turned his attention to the east and came into conflict with the count of Blois, Eudes II, over the territory of Saumur and a considerable part of Touraine. He defeated Eudes at Pontlevoy in 1016 and
surprised and took Saumur 10 years later.
"A ruthless warrior who burned and pillaged the monasteries in his path, Fulk nevertheless felt the need for penance, making three pilgrimages to the Holy Land and founding or restoring several abbeys, including those in or near Angers, Loches, and Saumur. He also built strongly fortified castles of stone (instead of wood) along the border of his territory. For this reason he was called le Grand Bäaatisseur ("the Great Builder"). He died on his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, having reigned 53 years.
Foulques married Ctse Hildegarde D' ANJOU ET LORRAINE, daughter of Thierry I DE LORRAINE Count of Bar, Duke of Upper Lorraine and Sconehilde (Richilde) VON BLIESGAU, in 1000 in Anjou, France. (Ctse Hildegarde D' ANJOU ET LORRAINE was born about 990 in Anjou, France and died on 1 Apr 1046 in Jerusalem, Palestine.)
Foulques also married Elizabeth DE VENDÔME, daughter of Cte Bouchard I DE VENDÔME and Elizabeth, about 989 4646. (Elizabeth DE VENDÔME was born after 958 and died in 1000.)