Fulk II, Count of Anjou

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Fulk II of Anjou
Spouse(s)

Gerberge

Adelaide of Blois
Noble family House of Ingelger
Father Fulk I of Anjou
Mother Roscille de Lochar
Born c. 905
Died 960
Tours

Fulk II of Anjou (c. 905 — 960), called le Bon (the good) was count of Anjou from 941 to his death.[a]

Life[edit]

Fulk II born c. 905[1] was a son of Fulk the Red and his wife Roscilla de Loches, daughter of Warnerius, Seigneur de Villentrois.[2] He succeeded his father in 942 as the second count of Anjou,[3] also called the count of Angers, and remained in power until 960.[4]

The Angevins, Fulk II included, had become particularly adept at establishing marriage alliances that furthered their goals.[5] His father, Fulk the Red had arranged his marriage to a Carolingian, Gerberga, the daughter of Ratburnus I Viscount of Vienne.[6] Among other things this alliance opened the doors for their daughter Adelaide-Blanche to marry a future king of France and their son Guy to become Bishop of le Puy.[6]

After her death c. 952 Fulk made another astute political marriage to Adelaide, the widow of Alan II, Duke of Brittany. Alan II had also been Count of Nantes and through this marriage Fulk gained influence in, and possibly control of, Nantes.[7] Adelaide was also the sister of Theobald I, Count of Blois which permitted Fulk II to form an alliance with the House of Blois.[6]

Family[edit]

By his spouse, Gerberge, a woman of unknown origins.[8] Fulk II had several children:

Fulk II had no known issue with Adelaide.

Death[edit]

Fulk died in 960,at the relatively old age of 55.[9] He was succeeded by his 20 year old son Geoffrey Greymantle.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Refer to Bernard S. Bachrach, "Fulk Nerra: Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040" (California, 1993) 261 and 262 for a useful genealogy of the Angevin comital line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, Family Trees and the Root of Politics; A Prosopography of Britain and France from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, 1997), p. 255
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band III Teilband 1 (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1984), Tafel 116
  3. ^ Jim Bradbury, The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328 (Hambledon Continuum, London & New York, 2007), p. 56
  4. ^ Pierre Riché, The Carolingians; A Family Who Forged Europe, Trans. Michael Idomir Allen (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1993), p. 264
  5. ^ Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. xi
  6. ^ a b c Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. 7
  7. ^ Bernard S. Bachrach, 'The Idea of the Angevin Empire', Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter,1978), p. 295
  8. ^ Those of My Blood: Creating Noble Families in Medieval Francia By Constance Brittain Bouchard, p.23
  9. ^ Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. 261


Fulk II, Count of Anjou
Died: 958
Preceded by
Fulk I
Count of Anjou
942–958
Succeeded by
Geoffrey I