Lambert II, Count of Leuven
Lambert II was count of Leuven
Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region, Belgium...

 between 1033 and 1054. Lambert was the son of Lambert I of Leuven
Lambert I of Leuven
Lambert I of Leuven nicknamed "The Bearded" was the first Count of Leuven in 1003...

 (d. 1015).

According the Vita Gudilae (recorded between 1048–1051) he followed his brother Henry I of Leuven.
Lambert scorned both temporal and spiritual authorities and in 1054 even took up arms against Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
The Holy Roman Emperor is a term used by historians to denote a medieval ruler who, as German King, had also received the title of "Emperor of the Romans" from the Pope...

 Henry III
Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor
Henry III , called the Black or the Pious, was a member of the Salian Dynasty of Holy Roman Emperors...

. He was defeated and lost his life at Tournai
Tournai is a Walloon city and municipality of Belgium located 85 kilometres southwest of Brussels, on the river Scheldt, in the province of Hainaut....


During his reign Brussels
Brussels , officially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region , is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union...

 began its growth. Lambert arranged to transfer the remains of Saint Gudule
Saint Gudula was born in the pagus of Brabant . According to her 11th-century biography , written in Lobbes Abbey between 1048 and 1051, she was the daughter of a duke of Lotharingia called Witger and Amalberga of Maubeuge...

 to the St. Michael church. This church, thereafter known as Saints-Michel-et-Gudule, developed to become St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral
The St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church at the Treurenberg hill in Brussels, Belgium. In French, it is called Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule and in Dutch Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal, usually shortened to "Sint-Goedele".In 1047, Lambert II, Count of...

. Lambert also constructed a fortress on the Coudenberg hill.

Since Lambert II died in 1054, an imperial charter of September 1062 connecting a certain Lambert to the county Brussels, is probably referring to another person.


Lambert of Leuven married Uda of Lorraine (also called Oda of Verdun), daughter of Gothelo I, Duke of Lorraine
Gothelo I, Duke of Lorraine
Gothelo , called the Great, was the duke of Lower Lorraine from 1023 and of Upper Lorraine from 1033. He was also the margrave of Antwerp from 1005 and count of Verdun. Gothelo was the youngest son of Godfrey I, Count of Verdun, and Matilda Billung, daughter of Herman, Duke of Saxony...

. Their children were:
  • Henry II, Count of Leuven
    Henry II, Count of Leuven
    Henry II was Count of Leuven from 1054 through 1071. Henry II was the son of Lambert II, Count of Leuven and Oda of Verdun. His maternal uncles included Pope Stephen X and Godfrey the Bearded, Duke of Lorraine....

     who married Adela of Orthen, a daughter of Count Everard of Orthen (or Betuwe).
  • Adela of Leuven, married Otto I, Margrave of Meissen
    Otto I, Margrave of Meissen
    Otto I was the Margrave of Meissen from 1062 until his death, the second margrave of the family of the counts of Weimar and Orlamünde. He was a younger son of Weimar III of Weimar and Oda, daughter of Thietmar, Margrave of the Saxon Ostmark. He inherited Orlamünde from his father in 1039 and...

    , Count of Weimar. Later married Dedi I, Margrave of the Saxon Ostmark
    Dedi I, Margrave of the Saxon Ostmark
    Dedi was the Margrave of the Saxon Ostmark from 1046 and a claimant for the title of Margrave of Meissen from 1069...

  • Reginar (Rainier) of Leuven. Killed in the battle of Hesbaye
    Hesbaye or Haspengouw , is a region spanning the south of the Belgian province of Limburg, the east of the Belgian provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant, and the northwestern part of the province of Liège.The Limburgish portion contains the cities of Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Bilzen and...

     in 1077.
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