~1173, William born in England, heir & s/o 135094284. Gilbert Malet & 135094285. Alice Picot.
11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.
12/12/1189, William with King Richard departed on the 3rd Crusade.
1191, Richard captured the city of Messina, Sicily; then captured Acre; then defeated Saladin at the battle of Arsuf.
8/1/1192, Richard conducted a sea assault on Jaffa, which had been recaptured by Saladin.
10/9/1192, King Richard left by ship for home expecting to be protected as a crusader; butwas captured near Vienna.
1193, William’s father died.
3/12/1194, King Richard, released from captivity, landed at Sandwich, England. In 2 weeks he had recovered all his lands.
1195, William in Normandy with King Richard I.
1195, By the Treaty of Louviers, King Richard gave up Vexin, but regained other contested territories in Berri.
1196, William paid a fine of £150 for livery of his inheritance.
5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.
1200, William Malet of Enemore, tenent, was sued by his cousin William Malet of Curri on a writ of mort d’ancestor for 2.5 hides in Sutton Mallet, Somerset.
1203, William’s suit with his cousin William settled for money and a palfrey. (S) Publications of Somerset, V6, 1892, P20.
1204, William paid the King 100s for right to sue for the lordship of Swinton.
4/1208, At Westminster. William Malet, querent. Warine son of Gerold and Alice his wife, and William de Eston, 3 knights fees in Chilton and in Stocland and in Clahulle … fees to be the right of William de Eston, as held of Warine and Alice, … (S) Somerset Record Society, V6, 1892, P25.
12/1209, William appointed sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. (S) Somersetshire Pleas, V11, 1897, P82.
6/6/1210, King John launched successful attacks in Ireland with 700 ships. William’s retinue had 5 knights [of his 21 fees held.] (S) Studies in Taxation, Mitchell, 1914, P97.
1211, William appointed sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.
7/3/1212, William Malet sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, delivered at the Exchequer. (S) Liber Feodorum, 1920, P56.
[––William & Alice––]
William married 2nd Alice Bassett, coheir & d/o Baron Thomas Basset of Colyton and Whitford, Devon. [No children.]
2/9/1214, King John sailed for Poitou. William served in Poitou with 10 knights and 20 man-at-arms. King John unsuccessfully invaded France trying to recover his lands. [This service was to repay his debts to King John.]
7/2/1214, 800 knights with Prince Louis of France, victorious at the battle of La Roche-aux-Moines against the forces of King John of England.
1214, King Philip and King John agreed to a 6-year truce at Chinon.
10/1214, King John returned to England.
4/1215 at Stamford, William joined the confederacy of barons against King John.
6/15/1215 at Runnymead, William one of the signers of the Magna Carta.
11/20/1215 at Bury St. Edmunds, William elected as one of the 25 to guarantee observance of the Magna Carta. (S) History, Gazeteer and Dir. of Suffolk, 1874, P565.
7/7/1215, Maurice fitz Thomas fitz Maurice, a hostage, in the custody of William Malet, to be committed to Geoffrey de Marisco and taken to Ireland. (S) English Historical Review, 1914, P309.
12/16/1215, William and other barons excommunicated by the Pope; and William fined 2000 marks. (S) Magna Carta, Wurts, 1942.
1216, William Malet son of Gilbert, the donor, being found in arms against the king, all his lands were seized, and Compton granted to Hugh de Vivonne. [“Know all men that I, William Malet son of Gilbert Malet, have given … the convent of Athelingenye 8 acres of land in Cumptun …”.] (S) Two Cartularies of the Benedictine Abbeys of Muchelney and Athelney, 1899, P144.
1216-17, William died; holding the manor of “Dundon super Polden” previously held by his ancestor Robert Malet (d.bef.1156).
[Alice later married John Bisset. At her death her heirs were her 3 daughters by John.]
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P549. (S) DNB, Lee, 1909, P865.
· A “William Malet”, lord of Graville, Normandy, and of Lilley in Herts and Coleby in Lincolnshire, is distinct from the Malet family of Somerset. This William was also in revolt against King John.
Children of William and ?:
i. Hawise Malet (10000961), born ~1198 in England.
ii. Mabel Malet (33773571), born ~1200 in England.
iii. Bertha Malet, born ? in England.
Bef. 4/11/1221, Bertha died leaving no heirs.