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a. Note:   Carrie's Family Tree Entries: 18760 Updated: 2005-10-26 23:53:09 UTC (Wed) Contact: RCKarnes As everyone says, this is a work in progress. I add new info as I find it, and verify with sources as I have time. Please email me with any errors/corrections. Index | Descendancy | Register | Pedigree | Ahnentafel | Download GEDCOM | Add Post-em # ID: I09531 # Name: *Robert DE CAEN # Sex: M # Name: Robert FITZROY # Name: Robert of GLOUCESTER # Birth: ABT 1090 in Caen, Normandy, France 1 # Death: 31 OCT 1147 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England 1 # Occupation: BET 1122 AND 1147 1st Earl of Gloucester 2 # Note: Robert was probably the eldest of Henry's many illegitimate children. He was born at Caen in Normandy before his father's accession to the English throne. His mother is not known for certain, though recent scholarship suggests she was a member of the Gay family, minor nobility in Oxfordshire. William of Malmesbury refers to Robert's "Norman, Flemish, and French" ancestry, but this may be a reference only to his father's side of the family. Robert was acknowledged at birth, and raised at his father's court. He had a reputation of being an educated man, not alltogether surprising considering his father's scholarly inclinations. He was a patron of William of Malmesbury and Geoffrey of Monmouth. In 1119, Robert fought at the Battle of Bremule; he was already one of King Henry's foremost military captains. In 1122, he was created Earl of Gloucester. At his father's death, in the struggle between the Empress Maud and Stephen for the English throne, he at first declared for Stephen, but subsequently left Stephen's service and was loyal to Maud, his half-sister, until his death. At the Battle of Lincoln, he captured Stephen, whom he imprisoned in the custody of his wife, Mabel. This advantage was lost, however, when Robert fell into the hands of Stephen's partisans at Winchester, covering Maud's escape from a failed siege. Robert was so important to Maud's cause that she released Stephen to regain Robert's services. In 1142 she sent Robert to convince her husband Geoffrey of Anjou to join her cause. Geoffrey refused to go to England until he conquerored Normandy, so Robert stayed in France to help him until he learned of Maud being beseiged at Oxford. He hastened back to England, along with Maud's young son Henry. In 1144 one of Robert's own sons, Philip, declared for Stephen and so Robert found himself and his son on opposite sides. Robert fought tirelessly on Maud's behalf until his death in 1147 from a fever at Bristol. One of his illegitimate sons was Richard, Bishop of Bayeux Robert of Gloucester was an illegitimate son of Henry I of England, and one of the dominant figures of the English Anarchy period. Robert was probably the eldest of Henry's many illegitimate children. He was born at Caen in Normandy before his father's accession to the English throne. His mother is not known for certain, though recent scholarship suggests she was a member of the Gay/Gai family, minor nobility in Oxfordshire. He married Mabel of Gloucester, daughter of Robert Fitzhamon, thereby receiving lordship of Gloucester and Glamorgan. About 1121, he was created Earl of Gloucester. At his father's death, in the struggle between the Empress Maud and Stephen for the English throne, he at first declared for Stephen, but subsequently left Stephen's service and was loyal to Maud, his half-sister, until his death. At the Battle of Lincoln, he captured Stephen. This advantage was lost, however, when Robert fell into the hands of Stephen's partisans at Winchester, covering Maud's escape from a failed siege. Robert was so important to Maud's cause that she released Stephen to regain Robert's services. Robert fought tirelessly on Maud's behalf until his death in 1147. (Wikipedia) Father: *Henry I "Beauclerc" of ENGLAND b: 1068 in Selby, Yorkshire, England Mother: *Sibyl Corbet (and other CONCUBINES) b: ABT 1070 in Caen, Normandy, France Marriage 1 *Mabel of GLOUCESTER b: ABT 1094 in Gloucestershire, England * Married: 1107 1 Children 1. Has No Children Roger Fitz ROBERT 2. Has No Children Hamon Fitz ROBERT 3. Has No Children Philip Fitz ROBERT 4. Has No Children Richard Fitz ROBERT 5. Has Children *William FITZROBERT b: 23 NOV 1116 6. Has Children *Maud Fitz ROBERT b: ABT 1120 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Sources: 1. Title: 1Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2. Title: Wikipedia source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=arciek&id=I09531 added: 13jan2006


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