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Friday, August 28, 2020

Count Ralph d’Issoudun & Countess Alice of Hastings

 94559170. Count Ralph d’Issoudun & 94559171. Countess Alice of Hastings

~1165, Ralph d’Exoudun born in Lusignan, France, s/o 188998248. Hugh de Lusignan & 188998249. Orengarde ?.

3/15/1169, Ralph’s father died.

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

~1180, Alice born in Sussex, England, d/o 189118342. Count Henry of Eu & 189118343. Maud Plantagenet. [Alice’s father was ‘Baron of Hastings’ in England.]

1183, Alice’s father died.

1185, Alice’s older brother Guy died as a minor.

1186, Alice heiress to her oldest brother Ralph [still a minor.]

9/3/1189, Richard crowned King Richard I of England.

12/12/1189, Ralph departed with King Richard on the 3rd Crusade.

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.

1191, King Richard captured the city of Messina, Sicily, after they had refused to let the English ships land.

5/12/1191, The crusaders were at Limassol on Cyprus.

6/5/1191, King Richard set sail for Acre. [The French forces were already besieging the city.]

7/1191, The crusaders captured Acre. Many of the forces, especially the Germans, returned home.

9/5/1191, King Richard defeated Saladin at the battle of Arsuf.

12/1191, The crusaders arrived at Beit Nuba, 12 miles from Jerusalem [and decided a siege was not possible.]

8/1/1192, The crusaders conducted a sea assault on Jaffa.

10/9/1192, King Richard secretly left by ship for home, but was captured enroute near Vienna.

1193, Ralph returned to England.

1193-4, With King Richard of England in captivity, King Philip of France invaded Normandy, devastating lands including Eu.

2/4/1194, King Richard released from custody, leaving immediately for England.

1194, King Richard awarded Ralph the castle of Drincourt in Normandy and the marriage of Alice.

[––Ralph & Alice––]

1194, Ralph married Alice, heiress of Eu.

By 1196, King Richard had restored Eu to his control.

6/1197, Ralph, count of Eu, a pledge for King Richard of England in a treaty with the Count of Flanders. (S) Tradition and Change, Greenway, 2002, P208.

5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.

1200, Ralph gave homage to King John and received the castle of Civray in Poitou.

8/24/1200 in Angouleme, King John married 12 year old Isabella of Angouleme. Hugh IX de Lusignan [Ralph’s brother], to whom Isabella had been betrothed, appealed to King Philip of France, who dispossed King John of all his lands in France.

1200-01, Ralph renounced his allegiance to King John.

1201-2, The lords of Saint-Valery, Cayeux and Bailleul all sided with King John against Ralph and the Lusignan’s.

1201, King John seized the country of La Marche on behalf of his new Queen Isabella; attacking Lusignan castles in Aquitane.

By 6/1201, King John confiscated all of Ralph’s English possessions. Ralph appealed to King Philip of France.

10/1201, Ralph renounced his homage to King John.

By 6/1202, King Philip captured English lands in Normandy and restored the lands of Ralph.

1205, King Philip proposed to [Ralph] the count of Eu that he advance the royal cause in Poitou. The king yielded to Ralph all the royal domain in Poitou for 5 years, 4000 livres yearly, and 100 knights with 1000 foot soldiers for 3 months of service against King John. (S) Increase of Royal Power in France, Wilker, 1888, P112.

1207, Alice’s mother died.

1209, King Philip recognized Alice as countess of Eu; for which she relinquished her rights to the castles of Neufchatel, Mortemer, and Arques.

1213, 3 sons of Hugh de Luzignan: Hugh son of Count de la Marche; Raoul, count of Eu; and Geoffrey, made a peace treat with King John. (S) Lives of the Queen of England, Strickland, 1840, P57.

5/1214, The Honour of Tickhill granted by King John to Ralph de Lusignan, husband of Alice, countess of Eu. (S) Magna Carta, Holt, 1992, P204.

1214, John unsuccessfully invaded France trying to recover his lands. John personally led an expedition against Poitou where he was supported by Ralph. (S) FRsHIII.

1214-19, Eu was held by the king of France.

4/10/1215, Warine, son of the Count of Eu, given a shilling a day at the University of Oxford by King John, for as long as he remained at the university.

10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, crowned king of England.

1217, William de Bodeham attested a charter of Ralph D’Issendon, earl of Eu. (S) Gentleman’s Mag., V161, 1837, P263.

1218, King Henry wrote: “The King to R. Comte of Eu, health. We have received your letters … Lord John the King, our father, whence payment of the monies due to you …” (S) Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae, 1844, P232.

5/1/1219, Ralph, Count of Eu, Baron of Hastings, Sussex; and seigneur of Issoudun, Melle, Chize, and Mothe-Saint-Heray in Poitou, France, died in Poitou, buried at Fourcamont. (S) The Minority of Henry III, Carpenter, 1990, P154.


5/17/1219, Alice, her son Ralph, and daughter Matilda, made grants to Foucarmont abbey and St. Mary at Roche abbey.

1219, Idonea de Busli, d/o John de Busli, married to Robert de Vipont, made a claim against Alice, countess of Eu, over the Honour of Tickhill.

5/19/1221, Nottinghamshire. Order to the sheriff of Nottinghamshire to place in respite the demand that he makes from the men of the [Alice] countess of Eu of the honour of Tickhill for suits of wapentake, amercements and defaults. (S) FRsHIII.

1222, Final concord between Idonea de Vipoint and Alice over the Honour of Tickhill.

7/14/1223, Louis VIII succeeded as king of France.

10/3/1223, The sheriff of Kent ordered to respite legal proceedings against Countess Alice. (S) FRsHIII.

6/8/1224, Order to the sheriff of Kent to place in respite, the demand he makes from A. countess of Eu for the debt due to the king from the time of King John, the king’s father. (S) FRsHIII.

6/1225, Alice, Lady of Tickhill, left England by royal license.

7/1/1225, It has been attested before the king and his council at the Exchequer that R. count of Eu was in Poitou with King John, the king’s father, when he was last there, for which the king’s father pardoned him the £158 that are exacted in the county of Kent and the £25 that are exacted in the county of Sussex for the last scutage of Poitou. Order to cause A. countess of Eu, to whom the demand has been made for the aforesaid scutage to be quit. (S) FRsHIII.

8/24/1225, William, earl of Warren, uncle of Alice, given possession of Alice’s lands in trust, of which William de Tilli had died holding of Alice.

7/15/1228, The countess of Eu has made fine with the king by 300 m. for having lands. (S) FRsHIII.

11/28/1228,  The king has granted to Alice, countess of Eu, that she may cause her scutage to be collected by her hand from the knights’ fees she holds of the king in chief. (S) FRsHIII.

9/2/1232, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Kent and Sussex. Order to the sheriff not to distrain the countess of Eu, by reason of a summons of the Exchequer, to perform service to the king from several knights’ fees [beyond those] that she recognised. (S) FRsHIII.

9/1/1233, The countess of Eu [Alice] has made fine by 40m. for the summons made to go into Ireland, since she remained in Wales. [Alice was not in Wales, but she had knights who stayed in service in Wales.]

11/9/1233, Order … the king in his army of Wales last past … Concerning fines to be rendered. … the countess of Eu, concerning 40m. … (S) FRsHIII.

3/13/1242, Alice, countess of Eu, fined 100 marks for custody of lands of deceased Idonea de Vipoint within her fiefs. (S) FRsHIII.

1242, King Henry III took under his protection in England the men, goods, rents and lands of the Countess Alice, residing at Eu. [Custody was given to Bernard of Savoy, but Alice continued to receive the rents.]

1243, Alice lost the honour and castle of Tickhill when she sided with King Louis of France against King Henry of England.

1245, Alice assessed £62 10s for 62.5 knights’ fees in sussex, and £60 15s for 60.75 knights’ fees in Yorkshire, in aid for the marriage of the King’s daughter.

5/14/1246, Alice died; buried at Fontblanche priory, France.

(S) Yorkshire Arch. Journal, V9, 1886. (S) Plantagenet Ancestry, Richardson, 2004.

Child of Ralph and Alice:

i. Ralph of Eu, born ? in England.

Ralph married Joan, d/o Eudes III, duke of Burgundy.

1224, Joan died.

Ralph married Yolendis, d/o Robert II, Comte de Dreux & Yolande de Coucy. [daughter Mary.]

By 1240, Yolendis died.

Ralph married Philippa, d/o Simon de Dammartin, Count of Ponthieu.

Bef. 8/1248, Ralph died.

iii. Joan of Eu, born ? in England.

Joan married Pierre de Braine, duke of Brittany and earl of Richmond.

iii. Maud de Eu (47279584), born ~1205 in Hastings, Sussex, England.

iv. Warine of Eu, born ? in England.

4/10/1215, Warine a student at the University of Oxford.

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