Dirk II Count of Frisia

Male 932 - 988  (56 years)

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  • Name Dirk II Count of Frisia 
    Born 932 
    Gender Male 
    Died 988 
    Person ID I2479  Database
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 

    Spouse Hildegarde of Flanders,   b. 935,   d. 980  (Age 45 years) 
     1. Arnulf of Ghent,   b. 951,   d. 993  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F1036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Dirk II, Count of Frisia (932-988)
      Dirk II (or Diederik II or Thierry II) was Count of Frisia (west of the Vlie) and what was later called "Holland". He was the son of Count Dirk I and Geva (or Gerberge).
      In 983 Emperor Otto III confirmed his rights to properties and territories in the counties of Maasland, Kinhem (Kennemerland) and Texla (Texel), thus stretching along the entire Hollandic coast (as well as inland). Count Dirk II built a fortress near Vlaardingen, which later was the site of a battle between his grandson Dirk III and an Imperial army under Godfrey II, Duke of Lower Lorraine.

      He rebuilt Egmond Abbey and its wooden church in stone to house the relics of Saint Adalbert, the project starting in 950. Adalbert was not well known at that time, but he was said to have preached Christianity in the immediate surroundings two centuries earlier. The abbey was given to a community of Benedictine monks from Ghent, who replaced thenuns originally at Egmond, probably in the 970s. His daughter Erlint or Erlinde, who was abbess at the time, was made abbess of the newly-founded Bennebroek Abbey instead.