4997434. William de Fiennes & 4997435. Blanche de Brienne
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~1245, Guillaume de Fiennes born in Normandy, France s/o 23639794. Enguerrand de Fiennes & 23639795. Isabelle de Conde.
1252, Blanche, alias « Madeleine », born in France, d/o 9994870. Jean de Brienne & 9994871. Jeanne de Chateaudun.
2/1266, settlement of marriage of William and Blanche.
1269, William married Blanche. (S) Le Grand Dictionnaire Historique, V1, 1683, P686.
3/14/1720, “Mesaire Guillaume de Fiennes”, a knight of the royal household, left with King Louis IX on the 8th crusade. (S) Chronicles of the Crusades, Devizes & Joinville, 1903, P535.
1270, William, who “was in parts beyond the sea” heir to his father.
7/2/1270, Louis’ crusader ships left the coast of Provence heading for Tunis.
7/21/1270, Louis’ crusader fleet arrived in Tunis. After easily taking the port, they attacked Carthage, 15 miles from Tunis, but did not enter the city. Very quickly, a plague [likely typhus] decimated the crusader forces.
8/25/1270, King Louis died on the 8th crusade at Carthage.
11/11/1270, the crusader fleet left to return to France. There was a storm and 40 ships were lost and they were forced into the port of Trapani. They decided to return by land rather risk another storm at sea.
11/16/1272, King Henry III of England died.
1275, William paid £1000 to Humphrey de Bohun to marry his sister Maud. [He borrowed the money from his kinswoman, Eleanor of Castile, Queen of King Edward I – who also was on the 8th crusade.]
6/15/1275, Martock is leased for three years … so the Q may recover a portion of the £1000 she agreed to pay as dowry for William de Fiennes’ dau., who is to m. the e. of Essex’ h. (S) Eleanor of Castile, Parsons, 1997, P189.
1277, William summoned against the Welsh.
1279, William had custody of the county of Ponthieu, France.
1280, William held the market at Martock, Somerset, previously held by his father. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516.
5/28/1281 at Westminster, Letters for William de Fenles, nominating William Amesas his attorney for two years. (S) Calendar of Patent Rolls.
1281, Abbeville in Ponthien ; mandate of intendence, respondence, and obedience addressed to the mayor, echevins, burgesses, and commonalty in favour of William de Fenles to whom the custody of the said comte has been committed during pleasure. (S) Records of Edward I.
1282, William sold his lordship of Coton to Robert Burnel, Bishop of Bath and Wells. (S) History of the County of Cambridge, V5, 1973.
8/2/1282, William summoned to serve against the Welsh.
1284, Isabel held Wendover of her son William.
1285, Blanche had a gift of oak stumps for fuel from the King. [William served many years overseas.]
2/24/1286, William de Fyenles, going beyond seas, nominating … (S) CPRs.
1292, William entered an action against his appointed attorney to give an account of his stewardship.
1/14/1294, Protection with clause volumus, William de Fyenles, going beyond seas, nominating … (S) CPRs.
9/1/1294, William summoned to serve in Gascony.
9/29/1296, William heir to Isabel de Fiennes [his mother] and receives Wendover Manor.
7/7/1297, William summoned to serve in France. King Edward I agrees to cover his losses when he has to return captured French prisoners in an exchange.
1299, William, baron of Fiennes [Pas de Calais] and Tingry, restored his English lands; and served as a hostage during negotiations between England and France.
6/24/1300, William summoned to serve against the Scots at the siege of Calais.
6/11/1302, Blanche, “Dame de Louplande”, died in Loupland, Maine, France.
7/11/1302, William slain at the battle of Courtrai [aka Battle of the Golden Spurs], West Flanders, Occidential, Belgium.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P467. (S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P155.
• Fiennes, a French seigneurie, 1 of 12 of the county of Guisnes, Picardy, near Ponthieu – the maternal inheritance of Queen Eleanor. From the time of King John the Fiennes had possessed the manor of Clapham in Surrey and other lands in England.
• Martok was given to William de Fiennes by William, s/o King Stephen of England.
• “Fiennes” and “Feinnes” are both common spellings in genealogical records. “Feinnes” is not found in the UKNA database. “William de Fiennes” is found 16 times for the appropriate period of this William. Other spellings: Fenlis, Fenles, Fienles, Fienes, Fienlies.
• At William’s IPM he is called: “Willielmus de Fyenes als Fenes als Fyenles.” (S) Notes and Queries, 1871, P437.
Children of William and Blanche: [1 son, 2 daughters.]
i. Margaret de Fiennes (2498717), born ~1268 in Normandy.
ii. Joanna de Fiennes (5909719), born ~1275 in Bolonois, France.
iii. John de Fiennes, born 1277 in “parts beyond the sea” [Picardy, France]. [Heir]
John married Isabelle, d/o Guy de Dampierre, Count of Flanders.
11/7/1300 at Rothelan, in the church of the Friars Preachers, Sir John de Fienes did homage and fealty for lands which he holds of the prince [Edward II] in the county of Ponthieu. (S) CPRs, 3/5/1344.
1302, John age 25 when his father died. [John lived on his fife of St. Omer in Picardy, France.]
1302, Walter de Medburn v. John de Fyenles in Kersaulton. (S) Feet of Fines, Surrey.
11/16/1302, Protection with clause volumus for John de Fyenles, going beyond seas, … (S) CPRs.
12/26/1309, Licence, for fine of 20£ … for Robert de Fyenles to enter, after feoffment by John de Fyenles, his brother, upon the manor of Wendovre, held in chief. (S) CPRs.
7/20/1316, John de Fenles, staying beyond seas, has letters nominating … (S) CPRs.
5/20/1317, To the mayor, men, and whole community of St. Omer. Request that they will desist from wasting the lands of the king's kinsman John de Fienles, as the king understands they are doing, and that they will make him suitable amends for the damages inflicted upon him, so that he may feel himself supported by the king's favour by reason of his kinship and they may find greater favour in their affairs before the king. By K. (S) CCRs.
11/23/1317, … John de Fienles in order to make their profit thereof, the said John and the men of the count of Flanders, asserting that the wool aforesaid belonged to the merchants of St. Omer and Calais, took it by force and arms … as appears by the letters of John de Bello Monte, marshal of France. … John replied that he would, out of reverence for the king and love of the count, satisfy the said merchants for the wool if the king would cause the value thereof to be levied of the said John's goods and chattels within this realm at fitting terms. (S) CCRs.
3/24/1318, Letter from the Mayor and citizens of London to Edward II, stating that they had written to John de Fyenles on behalf of their fellow-citizen, Adam Hunteman, requesting restitution of or compensation for wool that he took from him in St-Omer, and carried off to Guines; but that John did little or nothing on this, and did not reply to them. (S) UKNA.
1323, Roger de Mortimer sought refuge in Picardy with his brother’s-in-law John and Robert before going on to Paris.
1323, Isabelle died.
12/26/1324, Protection for John de Fenles, who was born of France, notwithstanding the late ordinance for taking of the bodies and seizing of the goods of the men of that power. Safe conduct for him until Easter. (S) CPRs.
10/16/1331, John de Fyenles staying beyond seas has letters nominating … in England … (S) CPRs.
9/27/1334, John de Fienles, going beyond seas, has lettes nominating … (S) CPRs.
1337, The English possessions of John were confiscated because of his allegiance to France. John and Robert held French allegiance in the war with England.
1340, Jean de Fiennes, widow of Isabelle de Dampierre, died. (S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P156.
3/6/1340, Grant in fee to William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, marshal of England, of the manor of Mertok, co. Somerset, an escheat by the forfeiture of John de Fienles. (S) CPRs. [By reason of war with France. John de Molyns granted John de Fienles’ manor of Wendovre, co. Buckingham. John’s brother Robert’s lands also forfeit.]
Child: Jeanne de Fiennes married Jean de Chatillon, count of Saint-Pol. (S) PA, P156.