Ida of Lorraine

Female 1040 - 1113  (~ 73 years)

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  1. 1.  Ida of Lorraine was born 0___ 1040, Boulogne, France; died 13 Apr 1113.


    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 1049, she married Eustace II, Count 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
    A daughter, Ida of Boulogne, has also been postulated. She was married first to Herman von Malsen and second to Conon, Count of Montaigu.

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


    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]

    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]


    Ida — Eustace II, Count of Boulogne. Eustace was born 0___ 1015, Boulogne, France; died 0___ 1087. [Group Sheet]

    1. Geoffrey fitz Eustace

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