See also

Family of Eustache II + and Ida + of LORRAINE

Husband: Eustache II + (1015-1087)
Wife: Ida + of LORRAINE (1040-1113)
Children: Baldwin I (1058-1118)
Eustache III + (1059-1125)
Godfrey of BOUILLON (1060-1100)
Marriage 1057

Husband: Eustache II +

Name: Eustache II +
Sex: Male
Father: Eustache I + (1004-1049)
Mother: Matilda + of LEUVAN (1006-1040)
Birth 1015 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Occupation Count of Boulogne
Title frm 1049 to 1087 (age 33-72) Count of Boulogne
Death 1087 (age 71-72) Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France

Wife: Ida + of LORRAINE



Name: Ida + of LORRAINE
Sex: Female
Nickname: Blessed Ida of Boulogne
Father: Godfrey III + (997-1069)
Mother: Doda + (1006-1053)
Birth 1040 Lower Lorraine, France
Death 13 Aug 1113 (age 72-73) Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Monastery of Saint Vaast
Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France
Remains were moved in 1669 to Paris, and again in 1808 to Bayeux

Child 1: Baldwin I


Baldwin I

Name: Baldwin I
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Godehilde of TOENI (c. 1060- )
Spouse 2: Arda (c. 1063- )
Spouse 3: Adelaide of VASTO (c. 1060- )
Birth 1058 Lower Lorraine, France
Occupation King of Jerusalem
Title frm 25 Dec 1100 to 2 Apr 1118 (age 41-60) King of Jerusalem
Death 2 Apr 1118 (age 59-60) Al-Arish, Egypt
Burial Chuch of the Holy Sepulchre

Child 2: Eustache III +

Name: Eustache III +
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary + (1076-1116)
Birth 1059 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Occupation Count of Boulogne
Title frm 1087 to 1125 (age 27-66) Count of Boulogne
Death 1125 (age 65-66) Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France

Child 3: Godfrey of BOUILLON


Godfrey of BOUILLON

Name: Godfrey of BOUILLON
Sex: Male
Birth 1060 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Title frm 1076 to 1096 (age 15-36) Lord of Bouillon
Title frm 1087 to 1096 (age 26-36) Duke of Lower Lotharingia
Title frm 1099 to 1100 (age 38-40) Defender of the Holy Sepulchre
Occupation Defender of the Holy Sepulchre
Death 18 Jul 1100 (age 39-40) Jerusalem, Judea

Note on Husband: Eustache II +

Eustace II, (c. 1015-1020 – c. 1087), also known as Eustace aux Gernons (with moustaches) [1][2][3] was count of Boulogne from 1049–1087, fought on the Norman side at the Battle of Hastings, and afterwards received a large honour in England. He is one of the few proven Companions of William the Conqueror.


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.[4] Goda died circa 1047,[3] and he quickly married again (about 1049[3]). 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.[5] It's likely the pope's action was at the behest of Henry III. The rebellion failed, and in 1049 Eustace 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 tutor 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's 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. Sources suggest that Eustace was present, with William the Bastard at the Malfosse incident in the immediate aftermath of the battle, where a Saxon, feigning death leapt up and attacked him, and was presumably cut down before he could reach William.


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 circa 1087, and was succeeded by his son, Eustace III.


It has been suggested that Eustace was the patron of the Bayeux Tapestry.[6]


Eustace has been portrayed on screen by Leslie Bradley in the film Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) and by Joby Blanshard in the two-part BBC TV play Conquest (1966), part of the series Theatre 625.

Note on Wife: Ida + of LORRAINE

Ida of Lorraine (also referred to as Blessed Ida of Boulogne)[1] (c. 1040 – 13 April 1113)[2] was a saint and noblewoman.


She was the daughter of Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine and his wife, Doda.[3] Ida's grandfather was Gothelo I, Duke of Lorraine and Ida's brother was Godfrey IV, Duke of Lower Lorraine.


In 1057, she married Eustace II of Boulogne.[2] They had three sons:


Eustace III, the next Count of Boulogne

Godfrey of Bouillon, first ruler of Kingdom of Jerusalem

Baldwin, second ruler of Kingdom of Jerusalem


Ida shunned the use of a wet-nurse in raising her sons. Instead, she breast-fed them to ensure that they were not contaminated by the wet-nurse's morals.[4] When her sons went on the First Crusade, Ida contributed heavily to their expenses.[5]

[edit] Life


Ida was always religiously and charitably active, but the death of her husband provided her wealth and the freedom to use it for her projects. She founded several monasteries:


Saint-Wulmer in Boulogne-sur-Mer[1][6]

Our Lady of the Chapel, Calais[1]


Abbey of Cappelle[7]

Abbey of Le Wast[7]


She maintained a correspondence with Anselm of Canterbury. Some of Anselm’s letters to Ida have survived.[8][9]


She became increasingly involved in church life. However, current scholarship feels that she did not actually become a Benedictine Nun, but that she was a “Secular Oblate of the Benedictine Order”.[1][6]

[edit] Death and burial


Ida died on 13 April 1113, which is the date she is honoured. Traditionally, her burial place has been ascribed to the Monastery of Saint Vaast.[6] Her remains were moved in 1669 to Paris and again in 1808 to Bayeux.[1]


Her life story was written by contemporary monk of Saint Vaast Abbey.[6]


She is venerated in Bayeux.[1]