Thursday, February 9, 2012

G26: 39979516 Craon, Mayenne

39979516. Seigneur Maurice II de Craon & 39979517. Isabel de Meulan & 155917950. Geffroy III de Mayenne

Maurice s/o §Hugues I de Craon et de Marquise.

8/1/1137, Louis VII succeeded as king of France.

~1145, Isabel born in France, d/o 79959034. Count Waleran IV of Meulan & 79959035. Agnes de Montfort.

6/1147, Maurice left on crusade to Jerusalem with King Louis VII.

12/1147, On Christmas day on the coast of modern-day Turkey, encamped by a river, a tremendous storm washed away much of the supplies of the French. They decided to take a route over the mountains to Antioch. One night, King Louis was in the rear guard which was surrounded and attacked. Louis decided to return to his water route.

1148, Louis’ barons decided that they best move in defense of the holy lands would be to retake Damascus. There, due to heat, lack of water, and disagreement on plans, the seige eventually failed.

By 11/1149, All of the surviving crusaders had returned.

1150, Maurice succeeded his brother.

1152, Maurice, Lord of Craon in Anjou became a vassal of Duke Henry [II].

12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.

4/10/1158, Geoffrey took the cross of a crusader for 3 years with others at the church of St. Mary’s in Mayenne.

10/10/1158, Maurice with King Henry II at the siege of Thouars, France.

1161, Geoffrey returned to Maine.

1162, Maurice made a grant to Saint-Melaine de Rennes priory at Montfort.

[–––Geoffrey & Isabel–––]

Isabel 1st married to Geoffrey de Mayenne.

1166, Alured of Pointon, steward of Maruice de Craon, holding fees “de verti and de novo.” (S) Restoration and Reform, White, 2000, P93.

6/18/1169, Geoffrey died.

By 3/1170, Maurice returned to France.

[–––Maurice & Isabel–––]

1170, Maurice married Isabel, widow of Geoffroy, who died on crusade.

1174, Maurice supports King Henry II during the rebellion of his son Young King Henry. During the rebellion Maurice destroyed opposition castles in Saint-Loup, Saint-Brice and Ancenis.

6/1174, King Henry appointed Maurice as Governor [custos and dux exercitus] of Anjou and Maine; and given custody of the key castle of Ancenis.

1177, Maurice named an arbitrator for King Henry II with King Louis VII of France.

6/28/1180, Maurice named an arbitrator for King Henry II with King Philip Augustus of France for the peace treaty signed at Gisors.

9/18/1180, Philip Augustus succeeded as King of France.

4/1183, Maurice acted as King Henry’s negotiator at the siege of Limoges; held by the King’s son in rebellion.

Bef. 4/1187, Maurice appointed senescallus Britannie.

1187-96, Maurice de Craon and Alan de Dinan alternated in holding the position of seneschal of Brittany.

1190, Maurice joined the 3rd crusade led by Richard the Lion Heart.

7/1190, The English and French armies met at Lyons; where they learned that the German Emperor, leading his forces to the crusade, had died in an accident.

6/1191, Maurice wrote his testament mentioning debts incurred in Brittany, and the expectation that the Duchess Constance would pay some of his debts.

By 6/5/1191, The French crusaders were beseiging the city of Acre.

7/1191, After the arrival of the English, Acre fell.

7/31/1191, Due to the death of Count of Flanders, Philip of Alsace and Philip’s own illness, King Philip left his 10,000 men under the control of Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy, and returned to France.

1192, Most of the crusaders returned home.

7/12/1196, Maurice died.

1211, Juhel de Mayenne and his mother Isabel gave a lamp to the infirmary chapel of Saint-Michel. (S) The Armor of Light, Lillich, 1994, P390.

5/10/1220, Isabel died.

(S) Brittany and the Angevins, Everard, 2000.

Family notes:

·         Maurice the nephew of William II de la Guerche.

Children of Geoffroy and Isabel:

i. Clemence de Mayenne (79958975), born ~1166 in Maine, France.

ii. Juhel de Mayenne, born 1168 in France.

Juhel married Gervaisia, heiress  of Alan de Dinan in Brittany.

4/1199, Arthur of Brittany gave 3 castles to Juhel.

1220, Juhel died; buried at Fontaine-Daniel with his wife and 2nd daughter.

Children of Maurice and Isabel:

i. Amaury I de Craon (19989758), born ~1180 in France.