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Mahaut of Artois

b. 1268, Artois, France; d. 1329, Paris

Mahaut was the daughter of Robert II, count of Artois, and wife to Otto IV, count of Burgundy. She inherited Artois after her father’s death in 1302. Strong-willed and resilient, she weathered insurrections orchestrated by a nephew, as well as scandalous allegations of involvement in conspiracies against the French king. Mahaut was a patron of the arts, builder of hospitals, and philanthropist, giving often to the poor. Upon her death, Artois passed to her daughter, Jeanne II.