Jean I "le Sage" or "l'Antique" DE BOURGOGNE Count Palatine de Bourgogne
- Born: Abt 1190
- Married (1): Jan 1214
- Married (2): 1243
- Married (3): 1258
- Died: 30 Sep 1267
Another name for Jean was Jean I "le Sage" DE BOURGOGNE-COMTÉ.
On June 5, 1237, he exchanged his inherited patrimony of Auxonne and Chalon with Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy for the following territories: Salins (which was at the time the second city of the County of Burgundy), Belvoir, Vuillafans, Ornans, Montfaucon, Arlay, the castle of Clées in Vaud, Chaussin, and Orgelet. He thus became one of the most powerful nobles in the county.
Although he gave charters to the towns in his territory, he also welcomed the Dominican friars as inquisitors.
The possession of Salins, with its salt production, gave John the fortune necessary to extend his territories. To protect the trade routes, he built the following fortresses: Le Pin, Montmahoux, Saint-Anne, Arguel, and Nozeroy, where he normally resided.
To avoid the customs imposed by the Count of Pontarlier, he bought the forests in the region around Pontarlier and Jougne, which he logged, creating new roads. He founded the towns of Châtelblanc, Chaux-Neuve, and Rochejean, the last of which contains his name.
Jean married Mahaut DE BOURGOGNE, daughter of Duc Hugues III DE BOURGOGNE and Béatrice D' ALBON Dauphine de Viennois, in Jan 1214. (Mahaut DE BOURGOGNE died on 26 Mar 1242.)
Jean also married Isabeau (Isabelle) DE COURTENAY, daughter of Robert I DE COURTENAY Seigneur de Champignelles.. and Dame Mahaut DE MEHUN-SUR-YEVRE, in 1243. (Isabeau (Isabelle) DE COURTENAY died on 22 Sep 1257.)
Jean also married Laure(tte) DE COMMERCY, daughter of Seigneur Simon II DE COMMERCY and Gräfin Mathilde VON SAARBRÜCKEN, in 1258. (Laure(tte) DE COMMERCY died on 3 Oct 1275.)