Person:Baldwin I of Flanders (1)

Baldwin I , Count of Flanders
Facts and Events
Name Baldwin I , Count of Flanders
Alt Name Baudouin
Alt Name Boudewijn I
Gender Male
Birth? 0837 Flanders,Nord,,France
Marriage 13 Dec 0863 Auxerre, Yonne, Bourgogne, Franceto Judith , Princess of Flanders
Other  Refuted child?: Winilda Flanders (1)  
with Judith , Princess of Flanders
Alt Death[7] 877
Death[2] ABT. 879 Arras, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Occupation? graaf van Vlaanderen
Other? House of Flanders
Burial? Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, FranceAbbaye St. Bertin


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Baldwin I (probably 830s – 879), also known as Baldwin Iron Arm (the epithet is first recorded in the 12th century), was the first count of Flanders.

At the time Baldwin first appears in the records he was already a count, presumably in the area of Flanders, but this is not known. Count Baldwin rose to prominence when he eloped with princess Judith, daughter of Charles the Bald, king of West Francia. Judith had previously been married to Æthelwulf and his son (from an earlier marriage) Æthelbald, kings of Wessex, but after the latter's death in 860 she had returned to France.

Around Christmas 861, at the instigation of Baldwin and with her brother Louis' consent Judith escaped the custody she had been put under in the city of Senlis, Oise after her return from England. She fled north with Count Baldwin. Charles had given no permission for a marriage and tried to capture Baldwin, sending letters to Rorik of Dorestad and Bishop Hungar, forbidding them to shelter the fugitive.

After Baldwin and Judith had evaded his attempts to capture them, Charles had his bishops excommunicate the couple. Judith and Baldwin responded by traveling to Rome to plead their case with Pope Nicholas I. Their plea was successful and Charles was forced to accept. The marriage took place on 13 December 862 in Auxerre. By 870 Baldwin had acquired the lay-abbacy of St. Pieter in Ghent and is assumed to have also acquired the counties of Flanders and Waasland, or parts thereof by this time. Baldwin developed himself as a very faithful and stout supporter of Charles and played an important role in the continuing wars against the Vikings. He is named in 877 as one of those willing to support the emperor's son, Louis the Stammerer. During his life Baldwin expanded his territory into one of the major principalities of Western Francia, he died in 879 and was buried in the Abbey of St-Bertin, near Saint-Omer.

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References
  1.   Baldwin I, Count of Flanders, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. (CH1)Pedigrees of Some of The Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants Vol. I, p.235.
  3.   Weis, Frederick Lewis; Walter Lee Sheppard; and David Faris. Ancestral roots of certain American colonists, who came to America before 1700: the lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and some of their descendants. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 7th Edition c1992), p. 142.
  4.   KdG reeks 2, in Www.kareldegrote.nl.
  5.   Baldwin I, Comte de Flandre, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  6.   Baldwin I "Iron-arm" (Baudouin I "Bras de Fer", Balduinus Ferreorum-brachiorum), in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  7. Pierce, Frederick Clifton. Foster Fenealogy: Being a Record of the Posterity of Reginald Foster, an Early Inhabitant of Ipswich in New England, Whose Genealogy is Traced Back to Anacher, Great Forrester of Flanders, Who Died in 837 A.D., with Wills, Inventories, Biographical Sketches, Etc.; Also the Record of all Other American Fosters. (Chicago: The Author, 1899).
  8.   Baldwin I is a legandary person. Part of the history of the area. All information about this individual should be considered somewhat suspect naturally.
  9.   It is likely that Baldwin is NOT related to Ingleram/Lideric of Flanders (See Notes for more information)