Ida of Lorraine

Female 1040 - 1113  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name Ida of Lorraine 
    Born 0___ 1040  Boulogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Apr 1113  [2
    Person ID I48095  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2017 

    Family Eustace II, Count of Boulogne,   b. 0___ 1015, Boulogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1087  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married Y  [1, 2
     1. Geoffrey fitz Eustace
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F17723  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • 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]

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  • Sources 
    1. [S10697] "Eustace II, Count of Boulogne" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by.

    2. [S10699] "Ida of Lorraine" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by David A. Henne.