Flanders

Gertrude of Saxony – Twice a Countess

Gertrude of Saxony was born circa 1030 as the daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and Eilika of Schweinfurt. Gertrude married Floris I, Count of Holland around 1050 and they had at least six children together. Their children were Dirk (later Count of Holland), Bernhard (died young), Eilika (died young), Othilde (died young), Bertha and [read more]

Judith of Francia
England

Judith of Francia – Queen and Countess

This article was written by Carol. Judith was the daughter of Charles the Bald, King of the Franks. Charles was a grandson of Charlemagne. She was twice Queen of Wessex and the first Countess of Flanders. Judith was born around 842. In 856 when she was about 14, her father married her to Æthelwulf, King [read more]

philippa
Flanders

The murder of Philippa of Flanders

Philippa of Flanders (or Philippa of Dampierre) was born around 1287 as the daughter of Guy, Count of Flanders and Isabella of Luxembourg. Philippa’s father sought support from the English King Edward I to preserve the autonomy of Flanders from its powerful neighbour France, and in 1294 Philippa was betrothed to Edward II. The French [read more]