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AD 870-1307

Looz (Loon)
(Agimont, The Betuwe, Looz and Chiny, Mainz, Rieneck)

For younger generations of ancestors who are descended from this family:
see page on Berthout
see page on Alsace
see page on Gelre
see page on Wittelsbach
see page on Brabant
see page on Sponheim

Looz (in Dutch: Loon) became a county in the early 11th century, but in 1366 it was annexed by its powerful overlord and southern neighbour Liège. Prince-Bishop Engelbert van der Marck of Liège broke his promise, made after the death of the last male Looz in 1345, that the county would go to the Heinsberg family who were also descended from the Counts of Looz.

Child of
Unknown
and Unknown

(See 36, 35, 34, 32 generations back)

Ricfried of the Betuwe
(15 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,00000014 %)
* 870 x Hewesinde + ?

Child of
Ricfried of the Betuwe (870-?)
and Hewesinde (880-?)

(See 35, 34, 33, 31 generations back)

? of the Betuwe
* 895 x Baudry (Lambert) of the Maasgouw + ?
This unknown woman became the mother of an unknown daughter, ? of the Maasgouw. This daughter seems to have married her uncle Nevelung, see below.

Nevelung of the Betuwe
(15 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,00000027 %)
* 905 x ? of the Maasgouw + 953
Nevelung my have been very closely related to his wife, who was also his niece, see above.

Child of
Nevelung of the Betuwe (905-953)
and ? of the Maasgouw (after 912-958)

(See 34, 33, 32, 30 generations back)

Rudolf of the Betuwe
(15 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,00000055 %)
* 930 x ? of Vliermal + ?

Child of
Rudolf of the Betuwe (930-?)
and ? of Vliermal (960-?)

(See 33, 32, 31, 29 generations back)

Giselbert, Count of Looz
(15 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000011 %)
* 985 x Luitgard of Namur + 1044

Children of
Giselbert, Count of Looz (985-1044)
and Luitgard of Namur (?-?)

(See 32, 31, 30, 28 generations back)

Emmo III, Count of Looz
(15 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000022 %)
* ? (after 1030) x Irmingarde of Hoorne + 17-1-1078

Otto I, Count of Looz
* ? x Erlande de Jodoigne? + 1084

Children of
Emmo III, Count of Looz (after 1030-1078)
and Irmingarde of Hoorne (1040-?)

(See 31, 30, 29, 27 generations back)

Arnold I (IV?), Count of Looz
(12 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000032 %)
* 1060 x Adelheid (Aleida) of Rieneck + 1135
According to some sources, his wife may have been Adelheid of Holland, instead of Adelheid of Rieneck, or he may have married twice. I'll have to find out more. It seems likely that Arnold became Count of Rieneck through his wife, who must have been the heiress.

Sophia of Looz
(3 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000012 %)
* ? x Almos of Hungary (1090) + ?
For her descendants see the page on (under construction)

Children of
Arnold I (IV?), Count of Looz (1060-1135)
and Adelheid (Aleida) of Rieneck (1065-?)

(See 30, 29, 28, 26 generations back)

Arnold II (V?), Count of Looz and Rieneck
(10 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000024 %)
* 1080 x Agnes of Mainz, of Rieneck (1100) + ? (before 1141)

Sophia of Looz
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,00000037 %)
* 1100? x Wouter II Berthout (of Grimbergen, of Mechelen) + ?
For her descendants see the page on Berthout

Gertrude of Looz
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000015 %)
* 1100? x Hugues VII of the Nordgau (1120?) + ?
For her descendants see the page on Alsace

Child of
Arnold II (V?), Count of Looz (1080-1147)
and Agnes of Mainz, of Rieneck (1080-?)

(See 29, 28, 27 generations back)

Ludwig I, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz
(10 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000089 %)
* 1110 x Agnes of Metz + 11-8-1171
Ludwig I, who was almost constantly at war with his neighbours, died when Looz was under siege by the army of Count of Duras.

Child of
Ludwig I, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz(1110-1171)
and Agnes of Metz (?-after 1174)

(See 28, 27, 26 generations back)

Gerhard II, Count of Looz and Rieneck
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000015 %)
* ? x Adelheid of Gelre (before 1179) + 2-9-1191 (Ptolemais)

Sophia (Guda) of Looz
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000015 %)
* 1145? x I. Godfried of Heinsberg II. Walter IV of Mechelen + ?
For her descendants by Godfried of Heinsberg see the page on Gelre

Agnes of Looz
(4 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000067 %)
* 1150 x Otto I (V) of Wittelsbach (1169) + 26-3-1191 (Kelheim)
For her descendants see the page on Wittelsbach

Imagina of Looz
(4 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000082 %)
* ? x Godfried III, Duke of Lower-lorraine, Count of Leuven (1180) + ? (between 1214 and 1220)
For her descendants see the page on Brabant

Adelheid (Laurette?) of Looz
* 1150? (between 1150 and 1155) x Thibaut I, Count of Bar-Mousson (1176) + ? (between 1190 and 1193)
For the family of her husband see the page on Bar-Mousson

Child of
Gerhard II, Count of Looz and Rieneck (?-1191)
and Adelheid of Gelre (?-?)

(See 25 generations back)

Ludwig II, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz
* ? x Ada of Holland ( ?-11-1203) + 29-7-1218
Ludwig of Looz (in Dutch: Lodewijk van Loon) became a contender for the succession as Count of Holland. After the death of Count Dirk VII in 1203, a war broke out between Dirk's widow Aleida of Kleve (Cleves) and Dirk's brother Willem, who was Dirk's intended successor. Aleida had wasted no time to marry her daughter Ada, the would-be heiress, off to Count Ludwig (Louis, Lodewijk) II of Looz, who apparently wanted very much to take over the more important County of Holland. The wedding took place before Count Dirk's funeral. The newlyweds then gathered political support for their claim against that of Willem. They found allies in the Bishops of Utrecht and Liège, Count Philipe of Namur, the Regent of Flanders and Hainaut (intent on revenge for Flanders' defeat against Holland in 1195), Duke Philip of Schwaben, and others. Their opponent Willem was supported by Duke Hendrik I of Brabant as well as by the lesser nobility in Holland and by the free farmers. Duke Hendrik of Brabant must have disliked the prospect of being surrounded by allied forces: Aleida and Ada, the wife and the daughter of his former adversary the Count of Holland in the west, the Count of Namur (also the Regent of Flanders and Hainaut) in the south-west, the ambitious Count Ludwig, now Ada's husband, in the south, the Bishop of Liège also in the south, the Duke of Schwaben in the east and the Bishop of Utrecht in the north. There was no German Emperor to decide in this matter because Germany was fully occupied with its own war of succession between the "Staufen" and the "Welfen". These conflicts were also mingled with the war between England and France.
Very early in the war, in December 1203, Willem managed to take his niece Ada prisoner. First she was sent to the island of Texel and later to England. But in 1204, Count Philipe of Namur, the Regent of Flanders and Hainaut attacked and occupied Walcheren. Willem was barely able to escape, hiding in a small fishing boat, covered with nets. The tide turned against Wilem when Count Ludwig and the Bishop of Utrecht conquered the cities in Holland and seemed to have won the war. But Willem, while still hiding, managed to organise a people's insurrection in Zeeland against their new lords, which gained momentum in Holland itself. Then, the Bishop of Utrecht suddenly changed sides to Willem, as a clear indicaton that Ludwig was losing the confidence of his supporters. A peace treaty was signed in 1206 which divided Holland between Willem and Ludwig. This ended the armed conflict, but Willem now started a political offensive for the support of the neighbouring rulers and of the population within his opponent's fiefdom. This he did very effectively. Especially after Ludwig's last important ally, Duke Philip of Schwaben had been murdered in 1208, Willem gained the upper hand and by 1210 he had effectively become the single ruler of Holland. On 13-1-1213 King Otto IV officially made Willem ruler of all lands that had formerly belonged to Counts Floris III and Dirk VI, leaving Ludwig, Ada and her mother Aleida with empty hands in spite of all their efforts. Ludwid died from poisoning.

Gerhard III, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000029 %)
* ? x Kunigunde of Zimmern + 1216

Children of
Gerhard III, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz (?-1216)
and Kunigunde of Zimmern (?-?)

(See 24 generations back)

Ludwig III, Count of Looz and Rieneck, Viscount of Mainz
* ? + 15-5-1243
In 1227, Ludwig abdicated as Count of Looz in favour of his brother Arnold, but he remained as Count of Rieneck and Viscount of Mainz.

Arnold IV / VII, Count of Looz and Chiny
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,0000059 %)
* 1210? x Jeanne of Chiny + 1273
Arnold acquired the County of Chiny through his marriage to Jeanne, the heiress.

Child of
Arnold IV / VII, Count of Looz and Chiny (1210?-1273)
and Jeanne of Chiny (1205?-1271)

(See 23 generations back)

Johann I, Count of Looz and Chiny
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,000012 %)
* 1230? x I. Isabella of Condé II. Mathilde of Jülich (1258?) + 19-1-1279
Johann and his first wife Isabella got a son, Johann II, Count of Looz and Chiny, (1270?-1311), who married Marie of Nesle. They became the parents of the last male of this line, Ludwig (Louis) of Looz, "seigneur" of Warcq and Neufchâteau (1300?-1345) who married Yolande van Oudenaerde (1319?-1377). Ludwig and Yolande's daughter Marie of Looz (1330?-1400) married Eberhard I van der Marck van Arenberg (1310?-1387).
For the descendants of Johann and his second wife Mathilde of Jülich see below

Elisabeth of Looz
* 1230? x Thomas III de Coucy + ?
Elisabeth's husband was the son of Thomas II de Coucy

Aleida of Looz
* 1235? x Dietrich II of Valkenburg (after 1254) + ?
For the family of Aleida's husband see the page on Kleve

Juliane of Looz
* 1235? x Nicolas de Quiévrain + ?

Ludwig of Looz
* 1235 x Jeanne of Bar (before 25-9-1242) + 1299
For the family of Ludwig's wife see the page on Bar (Mousson)

Child of
Johann I, Count of Looz and Chiny (1230?-1279)
and Mathilde of Jülich (1240?-before 1279)

(See 22 generations back)

Arnold V / VIII, Count of Looz and Chiny (and Agimont)
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,000024 %)
* 1260? x Margaretha of Vianden + 1323 (Agimont)
Arnold took part in the battle of Woeringen, 1288 (see the page on Van der Dussen)

Children of
Arnold V / VIII, Count of Looz and Chiny (and Agimont) (1260?-1323)
and Margaretha of Vianden (1253-1316)

(See 21 generations back)

Maria of Looz
* 1275? x Eberhard I, Count van der Marck (after 1298) + ?
For her husband's family see the page on Saffenberg

Mechtild of Looz and Chiny
(1 times our ancestor, blood-relationship 0,000048 %)
* 1282 x Gottfried I of Heinsberg and Blankenberg (before 1299) + 1307
For her descendants see the page on Sponheim

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