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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Comte William de Montgomerie & Comtesse Alais de Capet

 47277582. Comte William de Montgomerie & 47277583. Comtesse Alais de Capet

10/4/1160, Alais born in Paris, France, d/o 189110370. King Louis VII & 94555167. Constance of Castile.

[––Alais & R.I––]

1/1169, Alais betrothed to [future King] Richard I of England. [Her older sister Margaret was married to Richard’s older brother, Henry the Young King.]

[––Alais & H.II––]

5/1174, Alys, living in the royal academy of the court with Queen Eleanor of England, that the Queen had established in Poitiers, France, was seized with all the other members and taken to England by King Henry II. [Alys (possibly) became a lover of King Henry II, who had multiple mistresses. French chronicles do not mention this relationship.]

1179, William de Montgomery born in France, s/o 94555164. Count John de Montgomerie & 94555165. Beatrice of Saint Pol.

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

3/10/1186, King Henry II arranged with King Philip II to have the lordship of the Vexin, which had been given to Alys’ sister Margaret on her marriage to Henry’s deceased son Henry the Young, to be transferred to Alys for an annunity until she married Henry’s son Richard.

1186, Jean comte de Ponthieu, Guillaume son fils, et Beatrix son épouse granted revenues to Baudin et Simon son frère … . (S) FMG.

6/1189, King Henry and King Philip met at La Ferte-Bernard, Maine. Richard, in rebellion against his father,  wanted to go on crusade and King Philip wanted the marriage of Alys and Richard to take place before he left. King Henry alternately proposed that Alys marry Prince John.

7/3/1189, King Henry met Richard and King Philip near Tours. King Henry agreed to put Alys into a guardian identified by Richard and to postone the marriage until after Richard returned from crusade.

7/1189, Alys imprisoned by Queen Eleanor on the death of Henry. Alys was sequestered because of the fear that she might be kidnapped.

11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.

1190, William’s father died on crusade.


3/1191, King Richard I repudiated Alais on the grounds that she had borne a child by his father. [Rumor was of a daughter that did not survive.)

1191, William succeeded his father.

1195, Queen Eleanor of England, now living in France, sent disgraced Alais back to France; where her half-brother, King Philip Augustus, had arranged her marriage. (S) Aristocratic Life in Medieval France, Baldwin, 2002, P58.

[––William & Alais––]

8/20/1195 at Meudon, William, age 16 and Count of Ponthieu, married Alais, age 34. King Philip gave Alice his sister in marriage a new dowery.

1196, William of Ponthieu given control of Gamaches by King Richard I.

1197, A charter granted to the inhabitants of Marquenterre by William de Ponthieu.

5/27/1199, John crowned king of England succeeding R.I.

1201, King John of England ordered payment of pensions, arrears, … to William, count of Ponthieu.

6/1202, With the consent of the princess, William of Ponthieu made a grant to the citizens of Doullens. (S) Comptes de la Ville de Doulens, Weerenbeck, 1932, P7.

6/7/1202, William de Cayeux atteided the court of Count William of Ponthieu. (S) Norman Frontier, Power, 2004, P456.

8/1205, William, count of Pointieu and Montreuil, made a pact with Thomas of Saint-Valery against all men except the kings of France and England.

1208, Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian crusade against the Cathars in southern France.

1210, William of Ponthieu went with Philip of Dreux, bishop of Beauvais, Renaud, bishop of Chartres, and Robert III, Count of Dreux for the crusade against the Albigensians. (S) Histoire d’Abbeville et du Comte de Ponthieu Jusqu’en 1789, Louandre, 1883, P131.

1211, Guillaume de Ponthieu baron of Doullens.

7/27/1214, Guillaume de Ponthieu, Count of Ponthieu, fought on the side of King Philip Augustus, the winning side at the battle of Bouvines. Robert of Droux and Count William of Ponthieu commanded the left wing. The French King’s forces of 10,000 defeated an alliance of England, the Holy Roman Empire, and rebellious French principalities, numbering 15,000. (S) Aristocratic Life in Medieval France, Baldwin, 2002, P64.

Aft. 7/28/1218, Alais, Countess of Vexin, died.


10/4/1221, William died; daughter Marie the hier of Ponthieu. (S) Henry II, Warren, 1973.

(S) A Genealogical History of the Family of Montgomery, Montgomery, 1863, P35. (S) Memories de la Societe des Antiquaries de Picardie, V4, 1878. (S) The Loss of Normandy, Powicke, 2003.

Children of William and Alice:

i. Marie of Ponthieu (23638791), born 4/17/1199 in France.

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