William the Good
|Count of Hainaut, Holland, and Zeeland|
|Died||7 June 1337|
|Noble family||House of Avesnes|
|Spouse(s)||Joan of Valois|
|Father||John II, Count of Hainaut|
|Mother||Philippa of Luxembourg|
William was originally not expected to become count. After the deaths of his elder brothers, John (killed at Kortrijk in 1302) and Henry (d. 1303), he became heir apparent to his father's counties.
Prior to becoming count, he was defeated by Guy of Namur at the battle on the island of Duiveland in 1304. Guy and Duke John II of Brabant then conquered most of Zeeland and Holland, but these territories were recovered again when William became the new count in the same year. William continued the war with Flanders until the Peace of Paris in 1323, during which the Count of Flanders renounced all claims on Zeeland. William, in turn, gained all of Zeeland but agreed to renounce all claims on Imperial Flanders. William had occupied most of the Bishopric of Utrecht and tried to conquer Friesland but was repelled by Hessel Martena. At the death of his uncle, Guy d'Avesnes, Bishop of Utrecht, William took his fief of Amsterdam and annexed it to Holland.
Many of his daughters married with important rulers of Europe; King Edward III of England and Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV were married to his daughters, while he was married to the sister of the King Philip VI of France. With these important alliances William gained considerable influence and respect, which he used to advance the interests of his counties.
- William II, Count of Hainaut (1307–1345)
- John (died 1316)
- Margaret II, Countess of Hainault (1311–1356), married Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
- Philippa of Hainault (c.1313–1369), married King Edward III of England
- Agnes (died 1327)
- Joanna of Hainaut (1315–1374), married William V, Duke of Jülich
- Isabelle of Hainaut (1323–1361), married Robert of Namur
- Louis (1325–1328)
- Jan Aelman (1320–1389) Illegitimate son and Knight
|Ancestors of William I, Count of Hainaut|
- Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Marburg, Germany: Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, 1984), Tafel 4
- Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, Vol. XIII, Ed. Hugh Chisholm (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1910), p. 608
- George Andrews Moriarty, The Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa (Salt Lake City: Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Society, 1985), p. 175
- Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Marburg, Germany: Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, 1984), Tafel 22
- Richardson, Douglas (2013) Royal Ancestry, Vol.1 234-237 (Bar), Vol.3 187-192 (Hainaut).
- Loud & Schenk 2017, p. xxix.
- P. Péporté, Historiography, Collective Memory and Nation-Building in Luxembourg, (Brill, 2011), 109-110. – via Brill (subscription required)
- Loud, Graham A.; Schenk, Jochen, eds. (2017). The Origins of the German Principalities, 1100-1350: Essays by German Historians. Routledge.