Foulques III "Nerra" D' ANJOU 5th Count of Anjou
- Born: 972, Metz, Austrasia
- Married (1): 1000, Anjou, France
- Married (2): Abt 989
- 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 Hildegarde in 1000 in Anjou, France. (Hildegarde died on 1 Apr 1046 in Jerusalem, Palestine.)
Foulques also married Elisabeth DE VENDÔME, daughter of Cte Bouchard IV "Le Vénérable" DE VENDÔME de Corbeil et de Melun and Elisabeth DE SCEAUX-EN-GÂTINAIS dame de Corbeil et de Melun, about 989. (Elisabeth DE VENDÔME was born after 958 and died in 1000.)