Theobald V , Count of Blois
d.20 Jan 1191 Acre, Palestine
m. abt 1123
Facts and Events
Theobald V of Blois (1130 – 20 January 1191), also known as Theobald the Good (French: Thibaut le Bon), was Count of Blois from 1151 to 1191. He was son of Theobald II of Champagne and Matilda of Carinthia. Although he was the second son, Theobald inherited Blois (including Chartres), while his elder brother, Henry got the more important county of Champagne.
According to medieval Jewish sources, in 1171 Theobald was responsible for orchestrating the first blood libel in continental Europe. As a result of a church-sponsored trial, 30 or 31 members of the Jewish community were burned at the stake.
Theobald lived primarily in Chartres and had its city walls renovated. After joining his brother Henry and a number of other nobles in opposing the young king Philip II, he reconciled with the king and supported him on the Third Crusade. He arrived in the summer of 1190 in the Holy Land and died on 20 January 1191, during the Siege of Acre.