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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Count John of Eu & Countess Alice de Albini

 378236684. Count John of Eu & 378236685. Countess Alice de Albini

~1120, John born in Eu, France, heir & s/o 756473368. Count Henry of Eu & 756473369. Margaret de Sulli. [Eu NW of Paris on the coast.]

12/22/1135, Stephen crowned king of England.

~1140, Alice born in England, d/o 189125124. Earl William D’Aubigny & 189125125. Queen Adeliza de Louvain.

7/12/1139, John’s father died as a monk at Foucarmont.

1139, John, count of Eu, the baron of Tickhill, England. [Title received through his paternal grandmother.] (S) Yorkshire Journal, V9, 1886, P291. [The title was held by King Henry in 1130.]

1140 at Ipswich, John witnessed King Stephen’s charter founding the Monks-Horton priory in Kent.

2/2/1141, John, fighting for King Stephen, taken prisoner at the battle of Lincoln.

Aft. 2/2/1141, John lost the title of Baron of Tickhill to Ranulf of Chester. (S) Landlords, Peasants and Politics, Aston, 2006, P114.

1147, At court in London, John witnessed a royal charter to the abbey of St. Benets Hulme in Norfolk.

1148, John, count of Eu, quitclaimed forever his interest in Bexley to the Bishop and church of Chichester. (S) Feudal Assessments, Keefe, 1983, P51.

1149, John comfirmed the grants of his ancestors to the monks of Treport.

4/23/1151, Alice’s mother died.

1151, Charter of John count of Eu confirming to St. Michael of Treport his gift of the church of St. Mary of Hastings.

7/30/1153, Charter of John count of Eu. For the soul of Matildis his sister, and of all his relatives and friends he gives freedom to all … within his household to buy and sell at Eu all that is needed for their own use, free of all dues … this gift for which his daughter Margareta has pleaded …

8/26/1154, Charter of John count of Eu granting and restoring to Roger de Molbraio the whole fief which his father held at Bazoches for £60 of Anjou.

12/19/1154, Henry II succeeded King Stephen of England.

1155, A charter of John, count of Eu, at Winchester: ‘apud Wintoniam eo anno quo verbum factum est de Hibernia conquirenda.’ (S) Henry II, Harper-Bill, 2007, P132.

[––John & Alice––]

~1156, John married Alice, receiving 11 knights fees from her father in Romney Marsh, which included the manors of Snargate, Bilsington and Elham.

1161, John, count of Eu, used an ‘equestrian’ seal.

1158-62, Charter of King Henry confirming the the abbey of Foucarmont the gifts of Henry and of Eu and Count John, his son. (S) Cal. of Doc.’s Preserved in France, V1, Round, 1899, P64.

By 1164, Count John of Ey granted the right of refuge in his forest of Eu to the monks of Lannoy for their beasts in time of War. (S) Norman Frontier, 2004, P325.

1/25/1164, Constitutions of Clarendon … in the fourth year of the papacy of Alexander, …, Henry II., in the presence of that same king, … in the presence of the following: Robert count of L’eicester, Reginald count of Cornwall, Conan count of Bretagne, John comte of Ewe, Roger count of Clare, count Geoffrey of Mandeville, Hugo count of Chester, William count of Arundel, count Patrick, William count of Ferrara, …, and many other chiefs and nobles … (S) Yale Law School, The Avalon Project.

1166, John’s English land holdings consisted of 56 knights fees in the Rape of Hastings, and 6.5 fees elsewhere, all of the old feoffment. John also held 11 knights fees by grant of Alice’s father on their wedding.

6/1167, Count John of Eu; William de Mandeville, earl of Essex; and William de Tancarville met at Neufchatel-en-Bray northeast of Rouen where William Marshall was knighted by Tancarville. (S) Knight in History, Gies, 2010.

1168, John’s carta: “Know that I have of the old enfeoffment, from the time of King Henry your grandfather, 56 knights in the rape of Hastings; but my father had 60 knights in the same rape … of which the bishop of Chichester now has the service of 4 knights.” [Credited with 66.5 knights’ fees.] (S) Feudal Assessments, Keefe, 1983, P51.

1169-70, Charter of John, count of Eu, confirming his father’s gifts of 1106.

1170, John, with the permission of Alice, became a monk at Foucarmont abbey.

7/26/1170, John died, buried with his father.


Alice married 2nd Alured de St. Martin.

10/12/1176, Alice’s father died.

1178, Alice, countess of Eu, granted the manor of Snargate in Romney Marsh to the abbey of Robertsbridge, Sussex, for the souls of her father William, earl of Arundel, mother Queen Adeliza, husband John, count of Eu, brother Godfrey, and daughters Matilda and Margaret, all deceased. Witnessed by Henry, count of Eu and his brother Robert [who died before his brother Henry].

9/11/1188, Alice died.

(S) Yorkshire Arch. Journal, V9, 1886, P278. (S) CH&I.H.II.. (S) Cal. of Doc.’s Preserved in France, V1, Round, 1899.

Child of John and Alice: [3 sons]

i. Henry of Eu (189118342), born ~1157 in Eu.

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