Philippa of Hainault
My 19th Great Grandmother

Born: 24 June 1314, Valenciennes, Hainault*
Died: 15 August 1369, Windsor Castle
Buried: Westminster Abbey

Father: William I, Count of Hainaut
Mother: Joan of Valois, Countess of Hainaut

Husband: Edward III, King of England
Children: Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester

*The medieval territory of Hainault included land that falls within current day Belgium and France. Philippa was born in the city of Valenciennes, which falls into the territory of modern day France.

Philippa was interested in learning and was an avid reader, as was her mother, Joan of Valois, who introduced French literary culture to the court of Hainaut. Founded in 1341, The Queen’s College, Oxford is named after Philippa.