Fulk II of Anjou

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Fulk II of Anjou (c. 905–960), called the good (French: le Bon), was a French nobleman and the Count of Anjou from 942 to his death in 960.[a]

Career[change | edit source]

Fulk II was born about 905.[1] He was the son of Fulk the Red and his wife Roscilla de Loches. She was a daughter of Warnerius, Seigneur de Villentrois.[2] He succeeded his father in 942 as the second count of Anjou[3] (also called the count of Angers) and remained in power until 960.[4]

The Angevins, Fulk II included, had become very good at making marriage alliances that helped their goals.[5] His father, Fulk the Red, had arranged his marriage to a Carolingian, Gerberga, the daughter of Ratburnus I Viscount of Vienne.[6] Among other things this marriage made it possible for their daughter Adelaide-Blanche to marry a future king of France. It made them important enough for their son Guy to become Bishop of le Puy.[6]

After Gerberga died c. 952 Fulk made another astute political marriage. He married Adelaide, the widow of Alan II, Duke of Brittany. Alan II had also been Count of Nantes and the marriage probably gave Fulk control of Nantes.[7] Adelaide was also the sister of Theobald I, Count of Blois. This allowed Fulk II to form an alliance with the House of Blois.[6] Fulk died in 960.[8] He was succeeded by his son Geoffrey Greymantle.[2]

Family[change | edit source]

By his wife, Gerberge, Fulk II had several children:

By his second wife Adelaide, he had no children.[2]

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. see Bernard S. Bachrach]], "Fulk Nerra: Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040" (California, 1993) pages 261 and 262 for a genealogy of Fulk and the Angevin counts.

References[change | edit source]

  1. K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, Family Trees and the Root of Politics; A Prosopography of Britain and France from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, 1997), p. 255
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band III Teilband 1 (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1984), Tafel 116
  3. Jim Bradbury, The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328 (Hambledon Continuum, London & New York, 2007), p. 56
  4. Pierre Riché, The Carolingians; A Family Who Forged Europe, trans. Michael Idomir Allen (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1993), p. 264
  5. Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. xi
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. 7
  7. Bernard S. Bachrach, 'The Idea of the Angevin Empire', Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter,1978), p. 295
  8. Bernard S. Bachrach, Fulk Nerra the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press, 1993), p. 261