Ida, Countess of Boulogne

Ida of Boulogne (c. 1160–1216) was suo jure Countess of Boulogne from 1173 until her death.

Ida of Boulogne
suo jure Countess of Boulogne
Duchess of Zähringen
Bornc. 1160
Died1216 (aged 55–56)
Noble familyAlsace
Spouse(s)Gerard of Guelders
Berthold IV, Duke of Zähringen
Renaud, Count of Dammartin
IssueMatilda II, Countess of Boulogne
FatherMatthew of Alsace
MotherMarie I, Countess of Boulogne


Ida was the elder daughter of Matthew of Alsace[1] and Marie I, Countess of Boulogne.[2] Her maternal grandparents were King Stephen of England and Matilda I of Boulogne. Her mother, a nun, had been abducted from a convent and forced into marriage by Matthew. As a consequence, her parents' marriage was controversial and, in 1170, was annulled.


Her father continued to rule until his death in 1173, when she succeeded. Upon the advice of her uncle, Philip I, Count of Flanders, she married first in 1181, to Gerard of Guelders, but he died in the same year.[1] She next married Berthold IV, Duke of Zähringen, but he died in 1186.[3]

Ida was abducted in 1190 by Count Renaud de Dammartin, who carried her off to Lorraine.[4] She and Renaud had a daughter, Matilda II of Boulogne (died 1258).[2]


  1. ^ a b Luchaire 1912, p. 364.
  2. ^ a b Warren 1977, p. 35.
  3. ^ Luchaire 1912, p. 365.
  4. ^ Luchaire 1912, p. 366.


  • Luchaire, Achille (1912). Social France at the Time of Philip Augustus. Translated by Krehbiel, Edward Benjamin. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Warren, W. L. (1977). Henry II. University of California Press.
Ida, Countess of Boulogne
Born: c. 1160 Died: 1216
Preceded by Countess of Boulogne
Gerard, Berthold, and Renaud
Succeeded by