Matthew, Count of Boulogne
Coat of arms of the county of Boulogne
|Died||1173 (aged c. 36)|
|Noble family||House of Metz|
|Spouse(s)||Marie de Boulogne|
Eleanor of Vermandois
|Father||Thierry, Count of Flanders|
|Mother||Sibylla of Anjou|
Matthew, Count of Boulogne, also known as Matthew of Alsace (c. 1137-1173) was the second son of Thierry, Count of Flanders and Sibylla of Anjou. Matthew forcibly abducted the nun Marie de Boulogne, daughter of Stephen, King of England, and constrained her into marriage, claiming the title of Count of Boulogne jure uxoris in 1160. The forced marriage was opposed by the Church and finally annulled in 1170, but he continued to rule as Count until his death.
Matthew and Marie had 2 daughters: Ida, Countess of Boulogne, and Maud of Boulogne. Maud married Henry I, Duke of Brabant. In 1171, Matthew married Eleanor, daughter of Ralph I, Count of Vermandois, they had one short-lived daughter.
He was a supporter of Henry the Young King, and received lands in England. He died fighting at the siege of Trenton (now Neufchatel-en-Bray), in the 1173-74 revolt of Henry II of England's sons, under the leadership of Philip of Flanders. Wounded by a crossbow bolt, he did not recover.