|Cte Eustache II "Gernobadatus" DE BOULOGNE et de Lens
(Abt 1018-Aft 1087)
Cte Eustache II "Gernobadatus" DE BOULOGNE et de Lens 1
- Born: Between 1015 and 1020, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France
- Married (2): Abt 1036
- Married (2): Dec 1057
- Died: After 1070/1087
compiler's 28/29 x great grandfather
The Genealogica comitum Buloniensium records that "Eustachium et Lantbertum" were sons of "comes Eustachius de Bolonia" and his wife Mathilde. His birth date range is estimated from the date of his first marriage, and bearing in mind the estimated birth date range of his mother.
He succeeded his father in  as Comte de Boulogne. Simeon of Durham records that "Eustace the elder earl of Boulogne who had married king Eadward's sister Goda" landed at Dover in Sep 1051. When returning from visiting Edward "the Confessor" King of England in 1051, he was involved in an affray at Canterbury during which one of his men was killed. The refusal of Godwin Earl of Wessex to punish the offenders led to the Earl's temporary banishment from England.
Comte de Lens 1054. "Eustatii comitis" witnessed a charter of "Balduinus Flandrensium comes" dated 6 Jan 1056. Orderic Vitalis records that “Eustachium comitem” was seriously wounded during the battle of Hastings but escaped “quasi moribundus”. He was awarded a large fief "the honour of Boulogne", but soon quarrelled with William I King of England. He launched an attack on England in 1067, but withdrew after landing. His English lands were confiscated, but later restored. Boulogne's strategic importance grew as it became the main port for importing English wool for the Flemish cloth trade. 2
Eustache married Godgifu (Goda) DE WESSEX, daughter of Æþelræd (Ethelred) II Unræd, King of England and Emma DE NORMANDIE. (Godgifu (Goda) DE WESSEX was born in Wessex, England and died before 1049.)
Eustache also married Ida DE BOUILLON, daughter of Godefroi II "Le Barbu" DE HAUTE-LORRAINE, Comte de Verdun, and Doda DE LORRAINE-INFERIEUR, in Dec 1057. (Ida DE BOUILLON was born between 1038 and 1043 in Lower-Lorraine, France and died on 13 Aug 1113.)
1 Maison comtale de Boulogne: Flandres, Artois, Ponthieu, Ternois, Etienne Pattou, 2007, pp. 3-4.
2 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Eustache [II] "Gernobadatus" de Boulogne.