Baldwin III, Count of Flanders

Count of Flanders (940-962)

Baldwin III of Flanders called The Young (c. 940–962) was a French nobleman and briefly was the fourth count of Flanders. He ruled jointly with his father Arnulf I.

Career change

Baldwin III was born c. 940, the son of Arnulf I, Count of Flanders and his second wife, Adele of Vermandois (c. 915 – 969). She was a daughter of Herbert II, Count of Vermandois.[1] Baldwin became co-ruler of Flanders in 958 alongside his father Arnulf I. [a] During his short rule, Baldwin was responsible for establishing the wool manufacturing industry at Ghent and markets at other towns in Flanders.[3] Baldwin III died on 1 January 962[1] of smallpox.[4] He was buried at the Abbey of Saint Bertin.[4]

After Baldwin's death, Arnulf I arranged for King Lothair of France to become the guardian of Baldwin's son Arnulf II.[5]

Family change

Shortly before 961 Baldwin married Mathilde of Saxony ( 1008). She was a daughter of Hermann Billung( 973), Duke of Saxony.[6] They had a son:

Notes change

  1. His father may have also given him the lay abbacy of Saint-Bertin.[2] It is also possible that the Baldwin on the list of lay abbots is Baldwin Baldzo who was the guardian of Baldwin III's son, Arnold II.[2]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln|Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Marburg, Germany: J. A. Stargardt, 1984), Tafel 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Karine Ugé, Creating the Monastic Past in Medieval Flanders (Woodbridge; New York: The Boydell Press, 2006), p. 33
  3. Tracy Borman, Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I (Bantam Books, New York, 2011), p. 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lambert of Ardres, The History of the Counts of Guines and Lords of Ardres, trans. Leah Shopkow (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), p. 61
  5. The Annals of Flodoard of Reims, 916-966, Ed. & Trans. Steven Fanning & Bernard S. Bachrach (University of Toronto Press, CA, 2004) 44F & n. 219
  6. Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band I (Marburg, Germany: J. A. Stargardt, 1980), Tafel 8