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In his southern expansion Arnulf inevitably had conflict with the Normans, who were trying to secure their northern frontier. This led to the 942 murder of the Duke of Normandy, William Longsword, at the hands of Arnulf's men. The Viking threat was receding during the later years of Arnulf's life, and he turned his attentions to the reform of the Flemish government.
Count Arnulf died 27 March 964, allegedly murdered by Heluin in revenge for the murder of William Longsword.
He was buried in the Church of Saint-Pierre de Gand in Ghent.
The name of Arnulf's first wife is unknown but he had at least one daughter by her:
Name unknown; married Isaac of Cambrai. Their son Arnulf succeeded his father as Count of Cambrai.
^The Annals of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966, ed. Steven Fanning & Bernard S. Bachrach (University of Toronto Press, CA, 2011), p. xx
^Philip Grierson, 'The Relations between England and Flanders before the Norman Conquest', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Vol. 23 (1941), p. 86 n. 1
^Renée Nip, 'The Political Relations between England and Flanders (1066-1128)', Anglo-Norman Studies 21: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 1998, ed. Christopher Harper-Bill (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, 1999), p. 150