Robert DE NORMANDIE Comte d'Evreux, Archbishop of Rouen
Richard D' EVREUX Count of Evreux
Guillaume "Crespin" D' EVREUX Count of Evreux


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Guillaume "Crespin" D' EVREUX Count of Evreux

  • Died: 18 Apr 1118
  • Buried: monastery of Saint-Wandrille, Fontenelle, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France

   Research Notes:

Guillaume of Jumièges records that “Richardus Ebroicensis comes filius Roberti Archiepiscopi” married “uxore Rogerii de Toenia” by whom he had “Willelmum qui nunc Ebroicensibus principatur”. The Brevis Relatio de Origine Willelmi Conquestoris records that "Willelmo comite Deurons" contributed 80 ships towards the invasion of England in 1066. Orderic Vitalis names “...Guillermus Ricardi Ebroicensis comitis filius...” among those who took part in the battle of Hastings.

Comte d'Evreux. He was taken prisoner during the siege of the castle of Sainte-Suzanne in 1085. Orderic Vitalis records that “comes Ebroicensis” requested Robert [III] Duke of Normandy to return “Bathventum et Nogionem, Vaceium et Craventionem, Scoceium [Bavent, near Troarn, Noyon-sur-Andelle, Gacé, Gravençon, Ecouché], aliosque fundos Radulfi patrui mei...Caput Asini” to him and grant “Pontem Sancti Petri” [Pont Saint-Pierre] to “ Guillelmo Bretoliensi”, which the duke agreed to, except “Scoceium” which was held by “Girardus de Gornaco...qui de eadem parentela prodierat, filius...Basiliæ Girardi Fleitelli filiæ”, dated to [1089]. Orderic Vitalis records that “Guillelmus” [Guillaume de Breteuil] gave “tria millia librarum” to “avunculo suo Radulpho” [Raoul [III] de Tosny] for his ransom as part of the peace settlement of the Evreux/Tosny war and appointed “Rogerium consobrinum suum Radulfi filium” [Roger [II] de Tosny] as his heir and that Guillaume Comte d´Evreux also named Roger as his heir. He and his wife were exiled from Normandy to Anjou in 1112 by Henry I King of England who restored the county to them in late Feb 1113. Henry II King of England confirmed the property of the abbey of Saint-Martin de Troarn, including donations by "…Willelmi comitis Ebroicensis et Helewisie uxoris sue…", by charter dated to [1155/57]. He was "struck down by apoplexy" and, after his death without children, King Henry "took the county of Evreux into his own hands" because the count's nephew Amaury de Montfort "had forfeited the king's favour by his effrontery".

The necrology of the monastery of Ouche records the death "18 Apr" of "Willelmus comes Ebroicensis". The necrology of the church of Evreux records the death "20 Apr" of "Willelmus comes Ebroicensis".

   Marriage Information:

Guillaume married Helvise DE NEVERS, daughter of Guillaume I DE NEVERS Count of Nevers & Auxerre and Ermengarde DE TONNERRE. (Helvise DE NEVERS died between 1 Feb 1113 and 18 Apr 1118.)

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