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Arnulf II, Count of Flanders

Arnulf II, Count of Flanders Count of Flanders (965–987)

Count of Flanders (965–987)
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Quick Facts
Intro Count of Flanders (965–987)
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth 001
Mother: Matilda of Saxony
Father: Baldwin IIICount of Flanders
Siblings: FrederickCount of VerdunHerman of EnameGodfrey IIDuke of Lower LorraineGothelo IDuke of LorraineAdalbero II of VerdunErmengarde of Verdun
Spouse: Rozala of Italy
Children: Baldwin IVCount of Flanders
The details

Arnulf II of Flanders (960 or 961 – March 30, 987) was Count of Flanders from 965 until his death.


He was the son of Baldwin III of Flanders and Mathilde Billung of Saxony, daughter of Herman, Duke of Saxony. His father Baldwin III died in 962, when Arnulf was just an infant, while Arnulf's grandfather, Arnulf I, was still alive. When Arnulf I died three years later (965), the regency was held by his kinsman Baldwin Balso, who died in 973.

By the time Arnulf attained his majority in 976, Flanders had lost some of the southern territory acquired by Arnulf I. The latter had given some parts of Picardy to King Lothar of France to help assure his grandson's succession, and gave Boulogne as a fief to another relative. Then early in Arnulf's minority Lothar had taken Ponthieu and given it to Hugh Capet, and the first counts of Guînes had established themselves. Arnulf died on 30 March, 987 at age 26. Shortly after Arnulf's death his widow married Robert II, King of France as his first wife.


In 968 he married Rozala of Lombardy, daughter of Berengar II of Italy, and had two children:

  • Baldwin IV (980–1035), who succeeded his father. He married twice and fathered Baldwin V, Count of Flanders.
  • Mathilde, who died before 995.


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