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Eustace EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE (c. 1030-1087)

1. Eustace II, Gernobadatus EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE, son of Eustache I de Boulogne (c. 1004-1049) and Mathilde (Maud MAHAUT) VON LOWEN (c. 1006-1046), was born circa 1030 in Boulogne. He died in 1087. He married Ida von Niederlothringen (of Moselle & Lorraine) in December 1093. He married Godgifu. He married unk.

 

Eustace II, (b.1015-1020 d. 1070) was count of Boulogne from 1049-1093, fought on the Norman side at the Battle of Hastings, and afterwards received a large honour in England.

He was the son of Eustace I. His first wife was Goda, daughter of the English king Æthelred the Unready, and sister of Edward the Confessor. Goda died in 1055, before the Norman Conquest of her homeland, in which her husband participated. From his second marriage with Ida of Lorraine (daughter of Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine), Eustace had three sons, Eustace III, the next count of Boulogne, and Godfrey of Bouillon and Baldwin, both later monarchs of Jerusalem.

In 1048 Eustace joined his father-in-law's rebellion against the Emperor Henry III. The next year Eustace was excommunicated by Pope Leo IX for marrying within the prohibited degree of kinship. It's likely the pope's action was at the behest of Henry III. The rebellion failed, and in 1049 Eustance and Godfrey submitted to Henry III.

Eustace paid a visit to England in 1051, and was honourably received at the Confessor's court. Edward and Eustace were former brothers-in-law and remained allied politically. On the other hand the dominant figure in England, Earl Godwin, had recently married his son Tostig to the daughter of Eustace's rival the count of Flanders. Furthermore Godwin's son Sweyn had been feuding with Eustace's stepson Ralph the Timid.

A brawl in which Eustace and his servants became involved with the citizens of Dover led to a serious quarrel between the king and Godwin. The latter, to whose jurisdiction the men of Dover were subject, refused to punish them. His lack of respect to those in authority was made the excuse for outlawing himself and his family. They left England, but returned the next year (1052) with a large army, aided by the Flemish.

In 1052 William of Talou rebelled against his nephew William of Normandy. Eustace may well have been involved in this rebellion, although there is no specific evidence, for after William of Talou's surrender he fled to the Boulonnais court.

The following years saw still further advances by Eustace's rivals and enemies. Count Baldwin of Flanders consolidated his hold over territories he had annexed to the east. In 1060 he became regent of France during the minority of his nephew Philip I of France. In contrast Eustace's stepson Walter of Mantes failed in his attempt to claim the County of Maine. He was captured by the Normans and died soon afterwards in mysterious circumstances.

These events evidently caused a shift in Eustace political allegiances, for he then became an important participant in the Norman conquest of England in 1066. He fought at Hastings, although sources vary regarding the details of his conduct during the battle. Eustace received large land grants afterwards, which suggests he contributed in other ways as well, perhaps by providing ships.

In the following year, probably because he was dissatisfied with his share of the spoil, he assisted the Kentishmen in an attempt to seize Dover Castle. The conspiracy failed, and Eustace was sentenced to forfeit his English fiefs.

Subsequently he was reconciled to the Conqueror, who restored a portion of the confiscated lands.

Eustace died in 1093, and was succeeded by his son, Eustace III.

It has been suggested that Eustace was the patron of the Bayeux Tapestry.

 

Ida von Niederlothringen (of Moselle & Lorraine) and Eustace II, Gernobadatus EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE had the following children:

 

Galfrid (Godfrey) (IV) de Boulogne King of Jerusalem (c. 1062-1100). Galfrid was born circa 1062. He died on 18 July 1100 in Jerusalem.

Baudouin I de Bouillon KING OF JERUSALEM (c. 1060-1118). Baudouin was born circa 1060. He died on 2 April 1118 in Palestine.

Eustace III EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE ( -c. 1125). Eustace died circa 1125.

 

unk and Eustace II, Gernobadatus EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE had the following children:

 

Geoffrey (Godefroy) Lord of Carshalton (Alton) ( - )

Ida de Boulogne ( - )

Second Generation

2. Eustache I de Boulogne, son of Enricule (Baldwin II??) Comte de Boulogne and Adele (Adeline) de Holland, was born circa 1004 in Boulogne-sur-Mer. He married Mathilde (Maud MAHAUT) VON LOWEN in 1019. He died in 1049 in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

 

3. Mathilde (Maud MAHAUT) VON LOWEN, daughter of Graaf Lambert I von Lowen and Geberge con Niederlothringen, was born circa 1006. She died in 1046. She and Eustache I de Boulogne had the following children:

 

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Eustace II, Gernobadatus EARL (COUNT) OF BOLOINE (c. 1030-1087)

Comte Lambert de Lens ( -1054). Comte died in 1054.

Third Generation

4. Enricule (Baldwin II??) Comte de Boulogne, son of Arnoul II, Gui de Boulogne, was born circa 0976. He died in 1033. He married Adele (Adeline) de Holland.

 

5. Adele (Adeline) de Holland, daughter of Arnold de Gand and Luitgarde de Luxembourg, was born circa 0980. She and Enricule (Baldwin II??) Comte de Boulogne had the following children:

 

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Eustache I de Boulogne (c. 1004-1049)

 

6. Graaf Lambert I von Lowen, son of Graf Renigar III von Hennegau and Adele von Lowen, was born in 0955. He married Geberge con Niederlothringen circa 0990. He died in 1015.

 

7. Geberge con Niederlothringen, daughter of Herzog Karl von Niederlothringen and Bonne Adelaide Lorraine, was born circa 0975. She died circa 1018. She and Graaf Lambert I von Lowen had the following children:

 

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Mathilde (Maud MAHAUT) VON LOWEN (c. 1006-1046)