Gf. Wigerich III VON BIDGAU, Comte d'Ardennes
(-Abt 919)
Kunigunde D' ARDENNES
(Est 895-Aft 930)
Gf. Gerhard VON METZ
(Abt 873-910)
(Abt 884-Aft 952)
Gf. Gozelon VON BIDGAU
(Bef 915-Abt 942)
(-Aft 963)
Cte Godefroi DE VERDUN et de Hainaut...


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Mechtild Billung VON SACHSEN

Cte Godefroi DE VERDUN et de Hainaut, Graf von Bidgau

  • Born: Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France
  • Married: Abt 963
  • Died: After 3 Sep 998, Verdun, Meuse, Lorraine, France

  General Notes:

compiler's 31/32/33 x great grandfather

  Research Notes:

"Uda…comitissa" donated property "in pago Rizzigowi cui Egylolfus comes" to St Maximin at Trier "pro remedio…seniorique mei Gozlini necnon filiorum meorum Henrici…et Reginheri, Godefridi quoque et Adalberonis" by charter dated 18 May 963 witnessed by "Sigefrido comite, Richwino comite". "Otto…Romanorum imperator augustus" confirmed the rights of "monasterio super fluvium Mose" founded by "Gotefridi comitis nostrique fidelis…et coniux sua pro anime sui fratris Alberonis" by charter dated 6 Apr 997.

Graf von Bidgau: "Bovo cum coniuge mea Engila" donated property "ex hereditate paterna…in villa Dundeva in comitatu Bedense cui Godefridus comes preesse dinoscitur" to St Maximin at Trier by charter dated 1 Nov 959.

He was installed as Comte de Verdun before [960]: "Rodulfus filius quondam…comitis Rodulfi et eius…coniugis Evæ" donated property "res…meæ…in pago et in comitatu Virdunensi…Geldulfi villa" for the souls of "senioris mei Wigfridi episcopi et parentis mei Ottonis, Gisleberti quondam comitis fratris" to Verdun Saint-Vanne by charter dated to [960], subscribed by "Gotdefridi comitis et fratris eius Heinrici". "Godefridi comitis, Ingelberti advocati, Arnulfi junioris marchysi…" signed the charter dated 11 Apr 969 under which "Theodericus comes" donated "sui iuris possessionem…Frilingim in pago Flandrensi" to Saint-Pierre de Gand.

Comte de Hainaut 973. "Godefridus comes et uxor sua Mathildis" donated "regium fiscum Holinium…in pago Tornacensi…et…Ramelgeis ecclesia…" to Saint-Pierre de Gand by charter dated [21 Jan] 974, signed by "Arnulfi…junioris marchysi, Herimanni comitis filiis Godefridi comitis, Wiggeri, Ingelberti advocati…". "Godefridus…comes et uxor mea Mathildis" donated "Holinum…in pago Tornacensi…" to Saint-Pierre de Gand by charter dated 21 Jan 979, signed by "…Hermanni comitis filii Godefridi comitis…Ingelberti advocati…".

Marquis d'Eenham. The Gesta Episcoporum Cameracensium records that "comites Godefridus…[et] Arnulfus" defended Cambrai against Lothaire King of the West Franks, during the absence of Emperor Otto II in Poland, dated to 979, and against Eudes de Vermandois who had constructed Vinchy castle near the city. The Epistolæ Bambergenses name "Gottefredus et Arnulfus marchiones" among those who sent contingents for the Italian expedition of 980, which likely refer to Godefroi Comte de Verdun et de Hainaut (who was marquis d'Eenham) and Arnoul de Cambrai (marquis de Valenciennes). Richer records that "Belgicæ dux Theodericus, necnon et vir nobilis ac strenuus Godefridus, Sigefridus quoque vir illustris, Bardo etiam et Gozilo fratres clarissimi et nominatissimi" captured Verdun in 985. He helped defend Verdun against Lothaire King of the West Franks in [984/85], but was captured together with Siegfried Comte de Luxembourg. Otto III King of Germany confirmed rights of Gant Saint-Pierre abbey in property "in pago Haginao villam Dulciacum [et]…in pago Bracbanto villam Wandeleni…quam Eilbodo…tradidit…", at the request of "Godefridi et Arnulfi comitem", by charter dated 20 May 988. Richer records that "Godefridus comes cum duobus filiis suis, atque Ragenerus Remensium vice-dominus" were among the lay representatives at the council of Mouzon in 995.

The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records that "comes Raginerus" captured "Montem castri" from "comiti Godefrido" in 998 which, if the text refers to this Godefroi, suggests a later date of death (assuming the dating of Alberic is accurate). The necrology of Verdun Saint-Vanne records the death "III Non Sep" of "Godefridus comes pater ducis Gozelonis qui nobis Borrarum dedit". 1

  Marriage Information:

Godefroi married Mechtild Billung VON SACHSEN, daughter of Hermann Billung VON SACHSEN, Duke of Saxony and Oda/Hildesuit, about 963. (Mechtild Billung VON SACHSEN was born about 942 in Sachsen and died on 25 May 1008 in Gent, Luxembourg, Belgium.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Godefroi.

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