|Godgifu (Goda) DE WESSEX
Godgifu (Goda) DE WESSEX
- Married (1): Abt 1025
- Married (2): Abt 1036
- Died: Before 1049
Compiler's 29 x great-grandmother
Her parentage is stated by Orderic Vitalis, who says that Godgifu went into exile in Normandy with her brother in 1013. According to Orderic Vitalis, her first marriage was arranged by Robert II Duke of Normandy, indicating that she probably did not return to England after leaving for exile. However, this information is suspect, assuming that the charter of "Robertus Rex", which names "Comes Drogo…cum duobus fratribus Fulcone…et Rodulpho necnon uxore cum filiis supra memorati Drogonis", is correctly dated to 1025 as Duke Robert did not succeed as duke of Normandy until 1027. Another possibility is that Drogo's children at that date were born from an earlier otherwise unrecorded marriage. There is no indication of the birth dates of his known children, but the fact that none of them was given a typically Anglo-Saxon name also suggests that Godgifu may not have been the mother of all or any of them. Godgifu's second marriage is referred to by Florence of Worcester. 1
Goda married Cte Dreux DE MANTES et du Vexin, son of Cte Gautier II "Le Blanc" DE VEXIN, Comte de Valois & Amiens, and Adélaïde DE VERMANDOIS, about 1025. (Dreux DE MANTES died about 13 Aug 1035.
Goda also married Cte Eustache II "Gernobadatus" DE BOULOGNE et de Lens, son of Cte Eustache I "A l’oeil" DE BOULOGNE and Mathilde DE LOUVAIN, about 1036. (Eustache II "Gernobadatus" DE BOULOGNE was born between 1015 and 1020 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France and died after 1070/1087.)
1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Godifu [Goda].