Baudouin I av Flandern, född 830
i Laon, Aisne, Picardie, Frankrike, död 879
i Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, Frankrike.
Greve av Flandern 862-879.
Begravd i Abbey of Saint Bertin, Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, Frankrike.
Gift 13 December 862, Auxerre, Yonne, Bourgogne, Frankrike, med Judith av FRANKEN 844-875 - barn:
- Gunédilde av FLANDERN 863-920
- Baudouin II av FLANDERN 865-918
Baldwin's father was named Audacer but little else is known of him. His family was related to the counts of Laon. Before holding
Flanders Baldwin was already a count, probably at Ghent. Baldwin was in Senlis in 862. Somehow he decided to take Judith, the
daughter of Charles the Bald, the king, for his wife. Judith, had been the wife of two English kings, Athelwulf († 858) and
Athelbald († 860).On her return and still in her teens she was being held at the castle of Senlis by her father. Baldwin took Judith,
the twice widowed daughter of Charles the Bald, and the couple fled to the court of Lothair II, king of Lorraine. He was Judith's
King Charles had his bishops excommunicate the couple. He also demanded that his nephew return Baldwin and his daughter
Judith to him. At this point Baldwin and Judith fled to Rome. They asked Pope Nicholas I to intercede and legitimize their
marriage. Baldwin made known his intent to join the Vikings if his marriage was not allowed. Vikings were a constant threat in
northern France and Baldwin was needed to help fight them. The pope decided their marriage was valid and had the bishops
withdraw their excommunication. Charles the Bald was forced to accept Baldwin as his son-in-law. The couple was married a
second time, in public. Her father did not attend but sent officials to witness the marriage. He gave Baldwin the honors the pope
Baldwin was given rule over Flanders with the title of margrave (count of a borderland) of Flanders. He protected Flanders for the
next fifteen years from Vikings. He became known for his harsh treatment of anyone attacking Flanders. This later gave him the
name "Baldwin Iron Arm". In 867 Baldwin built a castle at Ghent to protect from Viking raids. The city built up around the castle.
Ghent became the seat of his countship. Baldwin also built a castle at Bruges, the port city on the North Sea. It too was for the
purpose of stopping Viking plundering. When Charles the Bald died in 877, Baldwin faithfully supported his son, Louis the
Stammerer, helping him become king of the Franks.
Gift 862-12-13 med
Judith av Franken, född 844
i Orléans, Loiret, Centre, Frankrike, död 875 i Gent, Östflandern, Belgien.
Drottning av Wessex 856-860 & Grevinna av Flandern 861-875.
Baudouin II av Flandern, född 865, död 918-09-10