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  • ID: I01766
  • Name: Godfrey FitzRichard of BRIONNE , Comte d'Eu 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Geoffrey of Brionne Comte d' /Eu/
  • Birth: ABT 953 in Brionne, Eure, Normandy, France
  • Death: 1015 4
  • Death: AFT 996 5
  • Note:
    Gilbert, Count of Brionne, who was son of Godfrey, Count of Brionne, illegitimate son of Richard I, the Fearless, Duke of Normandy. [Magna Charta Sureties, line 157-1]


    Turton has Geoffrey (Godfrey Comte d'Eu as a legitimate son of Richard & Gunnora, which confused me for awhile and I had him as a 2nd person (father of Adele only). However I believe Turton is wrong, and Godfrey was an illegitimate son (in fact the eldest illegitimate son).


    The following is the first part of a post to SGM, 29 Aug 1996, by Dave Utzinger:

    From: Dave Utzinger (UTZ AT AOL.COM)
    Subject: CLARE FAMILY
    Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.medieval
    Date: 1996/08/29

    From "A Baronial Family in Medieval England: The Clares, 1217-1314", by Michael Altschul, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins press, 1965.

    The Clares came to England with the Conqueror. Like many other great families settled in England after the Conquest, they were related to the dukes of Normandy and had established themselves as important members of the Norman feudal aristocracy in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries.

    The origin of the family can be traced to Godfrey, eldest of the illegitimate children of Duke Richard I (the Fearless), the Conqueror's great-grandfather. While the Duke granted Godfrey Brionne, he did not make him a count. Godfrey's comital title derives from the grant of the county of Eu made to him after 996 by his half-brother, Duke Richard II. After Godfrey's death, Eu was given to William, another of Duke Richard I's bastard sons, and Gilbert, Godfrey's son, was left with only the lordship of Brionne. However, under Duke Robert I, father of William the Conqueror, Gilbert assumed the title of count of Brionne while not relinquishing his claim to Eu. When Count William of Eu died shortly before 1040, Gilbert assumed the land and title, but he was assassinated in 1040 and his young sons, Richard and Baldwin, were forced to flee Normandy, finding safety at the court of Baldwin V, count of Flanders. When William the Conqueror married Count Baldwin's daughter, he restored Gilbert's sons to Normandy, although he did not invest them with either Brionne or Eu or a comital title. William granted the lordships of Bienfaite and Orbec to Richard fitz Gilbert, and Le Sap and Meules to Baldwin. While Gilbert's descendants later pressed a claim for Brionne, it was never restored.

    Father: Richard I "The Fearless" Duke of NORMANDY b: 28 AUG 933 in Rouen, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
    Mother: CONCUBINE(S) b: 935

    Marriage 1 Hawise de GUINES b: ABT 958 in Castle at Guines, Artois/Pas-de-Calais, France
      1. Has Children Mr\Mrs. de BRIONNE b: ABT 978 in Brionne, Eure, Normandy, France
      2. Has Children Gilbert FitzGodfrey Comte d'Eu & BRIONNE b: ABT 980 in Brionne, Eure, Normandy, France
      3. Has Children Adela d' EU b: ABT 985 in Eu, Dieppe, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
      4. Has Children Murielle de NORMANDY b: ABT 986 in Eu, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France

      1. Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
        Page: 157-1
      2. Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968
        Page: 94, 107
        Text: Geoffrey (Godfrey) Count of Eu
      3. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
        Page: Dave Utzinger, 29 Aug 1996
      4. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
        Page: D. Spencer Hines, 5 Aug 2000
      5. Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968
        Page: 94
        Text: living 996 (could have died much later)
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