Baudouin II, Count of Flanders b 864 and ALFTHRYTH, PRINCESS OF ENGLAND

 28th Generation

Baudouin II “The Bald” Count of Flanders , born 0865 in Nord, France; died 10 Sep 0918 in Gent, Flandre Orientale, Belgium, son of 213. Baudouin I Count of Flanders  and 214. Adela de Vermandois .  He married 209. Alfthryth, Princess of England , born 0877 in Wessex, England; died 0929; buried 0929 in St Peter’s Abbey, Ghent, Belgium, daughter of 215. Alfred “The Great” King of England  and 216. Ealhswith Queen of England . Baldwin II was the second count of Flanders. He was also hereditary abbot of St. Bertin from 892 till his death. He was the son of Baldwin I of Flanders and Judith, a daughter of Charles the Bald. Through his mother, Baldwin was a descendant of Charlemagne. The early years of Baldwin’s rule were marked by a series of devastating Viking raids. Little north of the Somme was untouched. Baldwin recovered, building new fortresses and improving city walls, and taking over abandoned property, so that in the end he held far more territory, and held it more strongly, than had his father. He also took advantage of the conflicts between Charles the Simple and Odo, Count of Paris to take over the Ternois and the Boulonnias. In 884 Baldwin married lfthryth (lfthryth, Elftrude, Elfrida), a daughter of King Alfred the Great of England. The marriage was motivated by the common Flemish-English opposition to the Vikings, and was the start of an alliance that was a mainstay of Flemish policy for centuries to come. In 900, he tried to curb the power of Archbishop Fulk of Rheims by assassinating him, but he was excommunicated by Pope Benedict IV. He died at Blandinberg and was succeeded by his eldest son. Arnulf I of Flanders. His younger son Adalulf was (the first) count of Boulogne. He married Ãlfthryth, a daughter of Alfred the Great, King of England. They had the following:

His fifth child however, was illegitimate.

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