Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders
|Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders|
Ogive of Luxembourg|
Eleanor of Normandy
|Noble family||House of Flanders|
|Father||Arnulf II, Count of Flanders|
|Mother||Rozala of Italy|
|Died||30 May 1035|
Baldwin IV (980 – 30 May 1035), called the Bearded, was Count of Flanders from 987.
Baldwin IV, born c. 980, was the son of Arnulf II, Count of Flanders (c. 961 - 987) and Rozala of Lombardy (950/60 – 1003), of the House of Ivrea. He succeeded his father as Count of Flanders in 987, but with his mother Rozala as the regent until his majority.
To the north of the county Baldwin was given Zeeland as a fief by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II, while on the right bank of the Scheldt river he received Valenciennes (1013) and parts of the Cambresis as well as Saint-Omer and the northern Ternois (1120).
In the French territories of the count of Flanders, the supremacy of the Baldwin remained unchallenged. They organized a great deal of colonization of marshland along the coastline of Flanders and enlarged the harbour and city of Brugge. Baldwin IV died on 30 May 1035.
Marriage and issue
- Baldwin V, Count of Flanders (1012 – 1067). Married Adèle of France (1009-1079), and had issue, Baldwin VI, Queen Matilda and Robert I of Flanders.