Baldwin II of Flanders (c865-918)

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Baldwin II the Bald of Flanders, Count of Flanders, was born circa 865 to Baldwin I of Flanders (c835-879) and Judith (844-870) and died 10 September 918 of unspecified causes. He married Ælfthryth of Wessex (?-929) . Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814). Ancestors are from France, Germany, Belgium.

Baldwin II (c. 865 – September 10, 918), nicknamed Calvus (the Bald), 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.

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 Ælfthryth (Ælfthryth, 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. His illegitimate son Albert was bishop of Paris.


Offspring of Baldwin II of Flanders and Ælfthryth of Wessex (?-929)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Arnulf I of Flanders (c890-965) 890 28 March 965 Adele de Vermandois (910-960)

Adalulf of Flanders (c890-933) 890 13 November 933
Ealswid of Flanders (c865-?)
Ermentrud of Flanders (c869-896)

Offspring of Baldwin II of Flanders and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Albert of Flanders (?-977) 977



Offspring of Baldwin of Flanders and Judith (844-870)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles of Flanders (aft863-?) 863
Baldwin II of Flanders (c865-918) 865 10 September 918 Ælfthryth of Wessex (?-929)

Gunhilda of Flanders (c865-?) 865 Wilfred I of Urgel (c840-897)

Rodulf of Flanders (c869-896) 869 28 June 896


Namesakes of Baldwin II of Flanders (c865-918)

  Birth place Death place Father Mother Joined with
Baldwin III of Flanders (940-962) Arnulf I of Flanders (c890-965) Adele de Vermandois (910-960) Mathilde Billung (c940-1008)
Baldwin I of Flanders (c835-879) Audacer (c805-) Judith (844-870)
Baldwin II of Flanders (c865-918) Baldwin I of Flanders (c835-879) Judith (844-870) Ælfthryth of Wessex (?-929)
Baldwin VI of Flanders (c1030-1070) Baldwin V of Flanders (1012-1067) Adèle of France (1009-1079) Richilde von Egisheim (c1020-1086)
Baldwin V of Flanders (1012-1067) Arras, France Lille, France Baldwin IV of Flanders (980-1036) Ogive von Luxemburg (c990-1036) Adèle of France (1009-1079)
Baldwin VII of Flanders (1093-1119) Robert II of Flanders (c1065-1111) Clemence de Bourgogne (1078-1129) Havoise de Bretagne (c1096-c1143)
Baldwin IV of Flanders (980-1036) Arnulf II of Flanders (c960-988) Rozela di Ivrea (955-c1003) Ogive von Luxemburg (c990-1036)+Eleanor of Normandy (c1012-aft1071)

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