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County of Flanders, Louis II de Male, 1346-1384, AR Botrager or Double Gros.
Last of the House of Dampierre, Louis II trod a careful course of neutrality between France and England, whilst gathering as much territory as he could. He inherited Flanders, Nevers, and Rethel on the death of his father fighting Edward III at Crécy. He married Margaret of Brabant, and, on the death of her father John III, assumed the title of Duke and attempted to take over the Duchy but was resisted by Margaret's sister Joanna. In the subsequent peace treaty he obtained the Lordship of Mechelen, and the City of Antwerp. On the death of his mother in 1382 he received the counties of Artois and Burgundy (Franche-Comté). He died in 1384 with his only child, his daughter Margaret III as heir. She was married to Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and the territories that Louis had gathered passed, with the exception of an area France decided had reverted to them, to form a large part of the Burgundian Netherlands.
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