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From: "Phil Moody" <>
Subject: EUDES, COMPTE DE CHAMPAGNE, from Falaise Roll
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 15:43:51 -0600


_FALAISE ROLL
RECORDING
PROMINATE COMPANIONS
OF
WILLIAM DUKE OF NORMANDY
AT THE
CONQUEST OF ENGLAND_

BY
M. JACKSON CRISPIN
Princeton University, 1896, A.B., Officier d'Académie,
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

AND

LEONCE MACARY
Professor of the College of Falaise O.I.

WITH ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS BY
G. ANDREWS MORIARTY
from _The American Genealogist_
Volume XVI, Number 1, July, 1939

GENEALOGICAL PUBLISHING Co. Inc.

page 15-16

"EUDES, COMPTE DE CHAMPAGNE
The castle of Aumale, which was built by Guerinfroi c. 1000, who became the
first sire d'Aumale. He left an only daughter and heiress, Berta, who
married Hugh II, compte de Poithieu, by whom she had a son Enguerrand, who
became sire d'Aumale and married Adelaide, sister or half sister of Duke
William. Hugh was killed in 1053, after having settled Aumale upon his wife
in dower. Adelaide married secondly in 1054, Lambert, count of Lens, brother
of Eustache II, count of Boulogne. Lambert was killed in 1055 and a daughter
also named Adelaide was born of one of these husbands. Adelaide, the mother,
married thirdly Eudes, comte de Champagne. If this occurred prior to 1066,
which seems likely, then Eudes was undoubtedly sire d'Aumale in right of his
wife before the conquest and therefore the "sire d'Aubemare" of Wace (l.
13552). But if the marriage took place thereafter, Aumale would still have
been in the possession of Adelaide. It was created a county by king William
and came into great prominence, for which reason Wace can be excused for
having designated Eudes by this title in his poem. Edgar Taylor in his
translation of Wace asks whether it is possible that Gui, compte de
Ponthieu, uncle of Adelaide the daughter, who was released after the battle
of Mortimer, on doing homage to William, held Aumale during her minority,
which possibly extended to 1066. This query is predicated on the assumption
that Adelaide, Eudes' step-daughter, had inherited Aumale from her mother,
Adelaide, before the conquest, which seems quite improbable. Eudes received
from the Conqueror the island of Holderness (Meaux) shortly after the
compilation of Domesday which had preiously been in the possession of Dreu
de La Beuvrière and espoused the cause of William Rufus after the death of
king William I. His castle of Aumale received an English garrison, which was
enlarged and strengthened by him and his son, Stephan, at the expense of the
royal treasury, on the invasion of Normandy by William Rufus in 1090. Later
he conspired with Robert de Mowbray and other powerful nobles to depose the
king and place his son Stephan, on the throne. The plot having failed, Eudes
and Stephan were captured and thrown into prison, in 1094, where Eudes
remained until his death c. 1108. Stephan was condemed to have his eyes put
out, but by the intercession of his wife and family and the payment of a
large sum of money was liberated."

PLM: No mention of Judith here, which I find curious. Also the intercession
of Stephan's wife, Hawise of Wigmore, possibly a Mortimer is curious, unless
Moriarity is speaking of the wife of Eudes, on behalf of her son. Who was
Guerinfroi?

Cheers,
Phil


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