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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Baron Renaud de Courtenay & Lady Hawise de Courcy

 189110286. Baron Renaud de Courtenay & 756540687. Lady Hawise de Courcy

~1100, Reginald born in France, s/o §§Milo de Courtenay & Ermengarde of Nevers (b.~1080).

~1130, Hawise born in France.


By 1126, Reginald married a sister of Guy de Donjon, a very famous French knight.

1127, Renaud’s father died.

1147, Reginald left on Cruasde 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.

1/4/1148, The crusaders fought in a battle at Laodicea against the Turks.

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.

1/20/1148, After additional battles, the crusaders reached Atalya.

3/19/1148, The crusaders reached Antioch.

1148, At Antioch, and in the company of her relatives, Queen Eleanor told Louis she wanted a divorce. [Eleanor’s primary defense was that she was related to Louis by a degree not allowed by the church in marriage – a common occurrence in those times – and thus the marriage put her soul at risk.] Eleanor tried to escape. Louis had her moved to Jerusalem, out of reach of her relatives. [This split the allegiance of the nobles of France.] Reginald a supporter of the Queen.

1148, At Damascus, due to heat, lack of water, and disagreements on plans, the seige failed after 4 days. King Louis, sending most of the forces back. [King Louis remained with his Queen.]

Bef. 11/1149 [date of return of the King and Queen to Paris], Thibaud, Comte of Champaigne, wrote to Sugere, Abbot of St. Denis (d.1151), governor of France in King Louis’ absence: “This is the let you know that Renaud de Courtenay hath done great injury to the King, and to you who are the royal guardian of the realm; for he hath seized on certain royal merchants … who have discharged their toll at Orleans and at Sens, … hath stripped them of all their goods … should you be desirous to march an army against him … I will send you aid …” [which shows that Reginald was a powerful overlord in France.]

By 1151, Reginald’s first wife died.

1151, Reginald went to England with Duke Henry Beauclerc [Future Henry II of England].

[––Reginald & Hawise––]

1151, Duke Henry arranged Reginald’s marriage to Hawise de Courcy.

10/25/1154, Henry II succeeded Stephen as King of England.

1161, Reginald died. [His son-in-law Peter (94555142) succeeded to his lands in France.]

(S) Peerage of England, Collins, 1812, P231ff.

Family notes:

~1095, Milo married Ermangarde, heir & d/o §§Comte Renaud II of Nevers.

1124, Milo founded the abbey of Fontain-Jean, a cistertian order.

1127, Milo died, buried at Fontain-Jean.

Milo & Ermangarde had 3 sons: William, who died in the Holy Land; Josceline (d.1131); and Reginald. 1110s-20s, Joscelin, count of Edessa, lord of Turbesel participated in the wars Turkish emirs. (S) Crusaders, Jones, 2019, P.xvii.

Children of Renaud and ?:

i. Elizabeth de Courtenay (94555143) born 1127 in France.

Elizabeth was descended from King Hugh Capet (3025764396).

ii. [Daughter] de Courtenay, born ? in France.

She married Avelon, lord of Selegny in Auxerre.

Children of Renaud and Hawise:

i. Robert de Courtenay, born aft. 1151 in England.

ii. Reginald de Courtenay, born ? in England.

1168, Reginald de Courtenay responsible to the king for the knights of Walter de Bolebec.

1169, Reginald de Courtenay accounted for 20 of the Giffard fees of the same heir.

1175-76, Reginald de Curteni given custody of Isabel, d/o Walter de Bolebec.

1185, Reginald de Courtenay in custody of the lands of Walter de Bolebec’s daughter.

iii. Henry de Courtenay, born ? in England.

iv. Egeline de Courtenay (378270343), born by 1162 in England.

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