Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Dirk II de Holland

On this date in our family history . . . the 6th day of May . . . in the year 988 . . . Dirk II de Holland dies in Abdijkerk, Egmond Aan den Hoef, Noord Holland, Netherlands . . . Dirk is currently believed to be a 31st great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The Historians' History of the World By Henry Smith Williams: "THE FIRST DIRKS I IV 912 1049 To the lands which Count Dirk already held Charles IV of France sur named the Simple added the abbey of Egmond with its dependencies from Zuithardershage to Kinnem By the cession which this prince made to the emperor Henry I of the whole kingdom of Lorraine those lands as well as the remainder which Count Dirk possessed became a fief of Germany in 974 Nothing further is known of Dirk than that he built a church of wood at Egmond dedicated to St Adelbert and founded there a convent of nuns The time of his death is uncertain but it is generally supposed to have occurred in the year 923 Hardly had Dirk II established himself in the government after the death of his father when he was obliged to march against his rebellious subjects in West Friesland whom he overcame and forced "

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