Fulk III The Black of Anjou Count of Anjou  24
- Born: Abt 970
- Marriage (1): Hildegarde  after 1000
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth de Vend˘me 
- Died: 21 Jun 1040 about age 70
Another name for Fulk was Fulco III d'Anjou 5th Comte d'Anjou.
Fulco III d'Anjou, 5th Comte d'Anjou was the son of Geoffrey I d'Anjou, 4th Comte d'Anjou and Adelais de Vermandois . He died on 22 May 1040.
Fulco III d'Anjou, 5th Comte d'Anjou gained the title of 5th Comte d'Anjou.1 Fulco III d'Anjou, 5th Comte d'Anjou also went by the nick-name of Fulk 'the Black'.
1. JirÝ Louda and Michael MacLagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, 2nd edition (London, U.K.: Little, Brown and Company, 1999), table 64. Hereinafter cited as Lines of Succession.
Violent, charismatic and cruel, and a master of strategic castle-building; he boiled his first wife to death for being unfaithful. At the same time, he was one of the most dramatic figures of the 11th century; Fulk Nerra undertook the pilgrimage to Jerusalem an astonishing three times in an age when few made this difficult journey even once. He also visited Rome, and founded two abbeys: Beaulieu-les-Loches near Tours and St. Nicholas at Angers. Behind these extremes was a man of policy and purpose, revealed in the effectiveness of his campaigns and the strategic siting of his castles. Fascinating yet repellent, he was a leader of undoubted if crude ability. - "The Plantagenet Chronicles," edited by Elizabeth Hallam (N.Y.: Weidenfedl & Nicholson, 1986). For his pilgrimages, see "England Under the Angevin Kings," Kate Norgate (N.Y.: Haskel House, 1969), Vol. 1, pp. 192ff. Fulk III reigned as Count 987-1040.
He was a ruthless warrior who burned and pillaged the monasteries in his path, Fulk nevertheless felt the need for penance, making three pilgrimages to the Holy Land and founding or restoring several abbeys, including those in or near Angers, Loches, and Saumur. He also built strongly fortified castles of stone (instead of wood) along the border of his territory. For this reason he was called le Grand BŃatisseur ("the Great Builder")
was the Count of Anjou|| He was one of the most powerful of the early rulers of the Angevin dynasty.
Noted events in his life were:
Ľ Acceded, 987.
Fulk married Hildegarde  [MRIN: 1103] after 1000. (Hildegarde  was born about 964 in Anjou, France and died on 1 Apr 1046 in Jerusalem.)
Fulk next married Elizabeth de Vend˘me  [MRIN: 551615278], daughter of Bouchard de Vend˘me Comte de Vend˘me  and Unknown. (Elizabeth de Vend˘me  was born in 974 and died in 1000.). The cause of her death was boiled to death.