1422 - 1492 (70 years)
Has more than 250 ancestors and more than 250 descendants in this family tree.
||Lodewijk van Brugge |
||Veere, Zld, NL
||26 Nov 1492
||23 May 2009 |
- 1st Earl of Winchester
Prince de Steenhuijsen
Lodewijk van Brugge, Earl of Winchester, Prince de Steenhuijsen, 1422-1492. In 1449 he became Cupbearer to Philip, Duke of Bourgogne, by whom he was appointed Captain of Brugge and, in 1461, was a Chamberlain and Councillor. On 22 July 1453, he was knighted at the battle of Gavre. On 17 February 1454 he was present at the assembly called 'The Vow of the Pheasant', which was to promote a crusade. About 1455 he married Margaretha van Borselen and they became the parents of eight children.
From October 1460 till February 1461 he was joint-ambassador to Scotland and was successful in preventing the Scots from giving any aid to the English Queen Margaret of Anjou until after the battle of Wakefield. On 6 May 1461 at St.Omer he was made a knight of the Golden Fleece. However, on 4 December 1461 as Chamberlain of the Burgundian Duke, he had licence from King Edward IV to come to England to fight a duel with Sir Ralph Grey. From October 1466 till July 1467 he was again joint-ambassador but to England.
From 14 May 1463 till Easter 1477 he was Lieutenant-General of Holland, Zeeland and Friesland. In that capacity, in October 1470, he received Edward IV, King of England, when a fugitive at Alkmaar and entertained him magnificently at 's-Gravenhage and Brugge till 19 February 1471.
On 13 October 1472, while on another embassy to England, Edward IV created him Earl of Winchester, with remainder to the heirs male of his body and an annuity of two hundred pounds a year. On 23 November 1472, he received a grant of arms from Edward IV. On 10 December 1472 he was Chief Commissioner for England to treat for peace with the Teutonic Hanse.
On 24 March 1483 he ratified the Treaty of Arras and, in June 1485 as an opponent of the Archduke Maximilian, he was imprisoned but his property, which had been forfeited, was restored by the treaty of 16 May 1488. He died 26 November 1492 in Brugge and was buried there.