Ida of Lorraine

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Ida of Lorraine
Ida and the knights
Spouse(s) Eustace II of Boulogne
Children Eustace III
Godfrey of Bouillon
Baldwin I
Parents Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine
Doda

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.

Family[edit]

In 1049, she married Eustace II, Count of Boulogne.[2] They had three sons:

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]

Life[edit]

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:

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]

Death and burial[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Butler, Alban; Burns, Paul (2000). Butler's Lives of the Saints. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 94. ISBN 0-86012-253-0. 
  2. ^ a b Holböck, Ferdinand (2002). Married Saints and Blesseds. Ignatius Press. p. 147. ISBN 0-89870-843-5. 
  3. ^ Butler, Alban; Burns, Paul (2000). Butler's Lives of the Saints. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 93. ISBN 0-86012-253-0. 
  4. ^ Tanner, Heather (2004). Families, Friends, and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in Northern France and England c. 879-1160. Boulogne-sur-Mer (France): BRILL. p. 262. ISBN 90-04-13243-0. 
  5. ^ Tanner, Heather (2004). Families, Friends, and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in Northern France and England c. 879-1160. Boulogne-sur-Mer (France): BRILL. p. 135. ISBN 90-04-13243-0. 
  6. ^ a b c d Holböck, Ferdinand (2002). Married Saints and Blesseds. Ignatius Press. p. 148. ISBN 0-89870-843-5. 
  7. ^ a b Tanner, Heather (2004). Families, Friends, and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in Northern France and England c. 879-1160. Boulogne-sur-Mer (France): BRILL. p. 140. ISBN 90-04-13243-0. 
  8. ^ Tanner, Heather (2004). Families, Friends, and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in Northern France and England c. 879-1160. Boulogne-sur-Mer (France): BRILL. pp. 123, footnote. ISBN 90-04-13243-0. 
  9. ^ Vaughn, Sally N. (1990). "St. Anselm and Women". Haskins Society Journal (University of South Carolina) 2: 86. ISBN 1-85285-059-0. 

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