ⓘ Aleid van Poelgeest was the daughter of the court official Jan van Poelgeest and Aleid van Beest Gerbrandsdr. She is traditionally assumed to have served as a m ..

                                     

ⓘ Aleid van Poelgeest

Aleid van Poelgeest was the daughter of the court official Jan van Poelgeest and Aleid van Beest Gerbrandsdr. She is traditionally assumed to have served as a maid-of-honour to the spouse of Albert, Margaret of Brieg, prior to becoming his mistress. She never married.

van Poelgeest is noted to have been present at court at least since 1386. In June 1388, Albert gave her an allowance, her own house and maids and installed her as his official mistress. It was noted that she followed him around on his journeys in his domains. She was reputed to have had great influence over Albert, but whether this was true is unconfirmed.

She was murdered along with the "Meesterknaap" a high court dignitary, William Cuser in The Hague by Hook nobles. Why exactly Aleid was killed, is not certain.

Albrecht saw the murder as a personal attack on his authority and used this event to settle some scores with a number of political opponents.

                                     
  • England, wife of Henry I Aleid van Holland, or Aleida van Avesnes 1228 1284 Dutch regent of Holland Aleid van Poelgeest c.1370 1392 Dutch murdered
  • Albert s son, William VI, who sided with the Hooks. The murder of Aleid van Poelgeest may also have played a role in their animosity. Albert informed his
  • Aleid van Poelgeest People did not like her because she gained political influence which was resented. A few years after Margaret s death, Aleid was
  • always had mistresses, but this time his attentions were drawn to Aleid van Poelgeest a member of the Kabeljauw party. She was considered very beautiful
  • as Margaretha in the tragedy by William Havre Korn 1753? - 1826 Aleid van Poelgeest She became known as a great tragedienne, and in 1784 she became