Godfrid, duke of Frisia

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German: Gottfried
Also Known As: "Godefrid", "Godefried", "Gottfried"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Denmark
Death: June 885 (61-69)
Lobith, (now Netherlands) (Murder)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Gisela of Lotharingia, Princess Of Lorraine

Occupation: Duke of Frisia, Danish Viking, King of Norway
Managed by: Harald Tveit Alvestrand
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About Godfrid, duke of Frisia

Godfrid, Danish Viking leader


  • Father: Unknown, NOT Harald Klak
  • Wife: Gisela, daughter of Lothair II


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrid,_Duke_of_Frisia

Godfrid, Godafrid, Gudfrid, or Gottfrid (murdered June 885) was a Danish Viking leader of the late ninth century. He had probably been with the Great Heathen Army, descended on the continent, and became a vassal of the emperor Charles the Fat, controlling most of Frisia between 882 and 885.

In 880, Godfrid ravaged Flanders using Ghent as his base. In 882, Godfrid ravaged Lotharingia and the cities of Maastricht, Liège, Stavelot, Prüm, Cologne, and Koblenz were devastated. After the Siege of Asselt forced him to come to terms, Godfrid was granted the Kennemerland, which had formerly been ruled by Rorik of Dorestad, as a vassal of Charles, according to the Annales Fuldenses. Godfrid swore oaths to Charles promising never to again lay waste his kingdom and accepted Christianity and baptism, at which Charles stood as his godfather. In return, Charles appointed him Duke of Frisia and gave him Gisela, daughter of Lothair II, as his wife.

However, Godfrid did nothing against a Danish raid which pillaged large parts of the Low Countries. In 885, he was summoned to Lobith for a meeting after being accused of complicity with Hugh, Duke of Alsace, in an insurrection. In an act of treachery he was killed by a group of Frisian and Saxon nobles at the connivance of Henry of Franconia. The local count Gerulf took over the West Frisian coastline from the Danish after the murder.

This Godfrid has sometimes been confused with Godfrid Haraldsson.

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Godfrid, duke of Frisia's Timeline

June 885
Age 65
(now Netherlands)
Age 65