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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Grand Master Robert de Sable & Clemence de Mayenne

 79958974. Grand Master Robert de Sable & 79958975. Clemence de Mayenne

~1150, Robert born in Anjou, France, son of §§Seigneur Robert de Sable.

~1166, Clemence born in Maine, France, d/o 155917950. Geoffroy III de Mayenne & 39979517. Isabel de Meulan.

6/18/1169, Clemence’s father died.

1173, Robert de Sablul an aderent of Henry the young King in his rebellion against his father. (S) Court, Household, and Itineary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878, P172.

[––Robert & Clemence––]

~1180, Robert married Clemence; her brother Juhel de Mayenne giving as her dower the manor of Agon near Coutances.

1181, Robert de Sable of Gace witnessed a document of Amaury de Montfort, his kinsman. (S) Anglo-Norman Studies, 1994, P197.

1189, Clemence died; leaving her daughter heir to the manor of Agon.


1190, Robert, supported by King Richard I of England, became the Grand Master of the Templar Order of Knights. [Robert, a knight of Anjou and ally of King Richard I was elected even though he had been a member for a short time.]

12/12/1189, On departing for the crusade, Robert commanded King Richard’s fleet of 63 ships.

7/31/1190, The fleet arrived at Marsaille having left England from Dover. There they expected 30 additional ships of soldiers arriving over land from Normandy, but the ships had not arrived.

9/22/1190, King Richard’s army arrived at Sicily.

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

5/1191, 24 ships sank in a storm on the way to Cyprus. [King Richard would be married on Cyprus.]

6/5/1191, Richard set sail for Acre on the galley Trenchmere. [The French forces were already besieging the city. Seige engines were launching objects at walls, troops were trying to fill in the moat, and other troops were tunneling under the walls; but the various national groups were acting independently.]

7/1191, Robert on crusade with King Richard, King Philip Augustus, and his son-in-law at the siege of Acre.

7/12/1191, Acre fell to the combined forces of the English, French, and Germans.

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

9/5/1191, Robert in the crusader army when King Richard led the defeat of Saladin at the battle of Arsuf.

12/1191, The army arrived at Beit Nuba, 12 miles from Jerusalem; but returned to Jaffa when they decided they could not sustain a siege. [Legend says that Robert and a group of Templars entered Jerusalem attempting to retrieve artifacts. While there they began a long-term conflict with some assassins.]

1192, King Richard sold the Island of Cyprus to the Templars for 25,000 silver marks; Robert becoming Lord of Cyprus.

4/1192, Hearing that his forces would not be able to hold Cyprus, Robert granted Cyprus to Guy de Lusignan, King of Jerusalem, who was without a kingdom.

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

9/9/1192, King Richard turned over command of the crusaders to Henry of Champagne.

9/28/1193, Robert died in the Holy Land.

(S) The Knights Templar, Martin, 2004.

Family notes:

·         12/1135, Robert de Sable [the father] revolted against Geoffrey Plantagenet, count of Maine; was captured and imprisoned. Robert s/o §§Lisard de Sable & Thiephaine de Briollay la Chevriere. (S) Falaise Roll, Crispin, 1994, P128.

Child of Robert and Clemence:

i. Marguerite de Sable (39979487), born ~1183 in England.

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