Arnulf II, Count of Flanders

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Arnulf II
Count of Flanders
Reign965 – 30 March 987
PredecessorArnulf I
Baldwin III
SuccessorBaldwin IV
Bornc. 961
Died(987-03-30)30 March 987
Noble familyHouse of Flanders
Spouse(s)Rozala of Italy
IssueBaldwin IV, Count of Flanders
FatherBaldwin III of Flanders
MotherMathilde Billung of Saxony

Arnulf II (960 or 961 – 30 March 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.[1][2] His father Baldwin III died in 962, when Arnulf was just an infant, whilst Arnulf's grandfather, Arnulf I, was still alive.[2] When Arnulf I died three years later (965), the regency was held by his kinsman Baldwin Balso, who died in 973.[3]

By the time Arnulf attained his majority in 976, Flanders had lost some of the southern territory acquired by Arnulf I.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3] Arnulf died on 30 March 987 at age 26.[4] Shortly after Arnulf's death his widow married King Robert II of France.[4]


In 976, he married Rozala of Italy, daughter of Berengar II of Italy,[5] and had two children:

  • Baldwin IV (980–1035), who succeeded his father.[5] He married twice and fathered Baldwin V.
  • Mathilde, who died before 995.[2]


  1. ^ Nicholas 1992, p. 42.
  2. ^ a b c Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1984), Tafel 5
  3. ^ a b c d Jean Dunbabin, France in the Making, 843–1180, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2005), p. 73
  4. ^ a b Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Who Came To America before 1700, Seventh Edition (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993), Line 162-20
  5. ^ a b Nicholas 1992, p. 44.


  • Nicholas, David (1992). Medieval Flanders. Longman.

See also[edit]

Arnulf II, Count of Flanders
Born: 960 or 961 Died: 30 March 987
Preceded by Count of Flanders
with Baldwin Balso
Succeeded by