This page was set up by Robert Sewell in February 2002 to show the descent of the Sewell Family from their Plantagent or Angevin ancestors. As well, we find here a link to Elizabeth de Crépi of Vermandois and the Carolingian Kings of France.
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Geoffrey "Ferole", Count of the Gâtinais and Château Laudon
Geoffrey married Beatrice de Mâcon, daughter of Aubri Count of Mâcon and Burgundy and they had a son:
Aubri Geoffrey, Count of the Gâtinais and Château Laudon
Died on April 11, 1046
Aubri Geoffrey married Ermengarde, heiress of Anjou who was born circa 1010/1015 and died on March 21, 1076. Ermengard was the sister of Geoffrey "Martel", Count of Anjou who was born on October 14, 996 and d.s.p. (decessit sine prole, died without issue) on November 14, 1066. Thus, Ermengard's descendants became the Counts of Anjou.
Aubri Geoffrey and Ermengard had the following children:
Fulk IV "le Rechin", Count of Anjou
Born in 1043
Died on April 14, 1109
Fulk is noted as "chronicler of the Counts of Anjou", so presumably he began a family history. He is known as "Fulk le Rechin" which means "Fulk the Rude". The reason for this name is unclear.
Fulk married Bertrada de Montfort, daughter of Simon I, Seigneur of Montfort Amauri and they had a son:
Fulk V "le Jeun", Count of Anjou and Maine, King of Jerusalem
Born in 1092
Died on November 10, 1143
Fulk "le Jeun" (the Younger) became
King of Jerusalem in 1131 on the death of Baldwin II, his father-in-law
by his second marriage. Fulk is buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
left: A depiction of the siege of Jerusalem during the First
Crusade, where many thousands of the Jewish and Arab inhabitants were killed.
The Crusaders set up the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem after killing many thousands of the Arab and Jewish inhabitants of the area. At its greatest extent under Fulk "le Jeun", the Kingdom comprised most of present day Israel and part of Syria. Muslim counterattack steadily shrank the size of the crusading kingdom. In 1187, Jerusalem was retaken by by Saladin. Eventually, the last Christian stronghold at Acre surrendered in 1291 and the Crusaders departed from the Holy Land.
Fulk married first circa 1108 to Erembourge (died in 1126), heiress of Maine, daughter of Helias, Seigneur de la Flèche, Count of Maine.
Fulk and Erembourge had the following children:
Geoffrey "the Fair" Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and Maine, Duke of Normandy.
Geoffrey "the Fair", meaning "the Handsome" was the first to use the Plantagenet name. One story relates that his father, Fulk the Younger atoned for some evil deed by being scourged with broom twigs or planta genista before the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Another story relates that Geoffrey wore a sprig of broom or planta genista in his hat. Regardless, it is generally agreed upon that the family name of "Plantagenet" has its origins with the planta genista or broom plant.
Born on August 24, 1113
Died on September 7, 1151 and interred at St. Julian's Church, Le Mans, Anjou.
The arms of Plantagenet are described by Richard Thomson: "Ancient Arms
of Anjou borne by the Plantagenets, who were Earls of that place, of which
family King John was descended. Gules, a chief argent over all an
escarbuncle, or." Note that:
(1) Shields were sometimes strengthened with iron bands radiating from the centre which eventually became a part of the coat of arms under the term escarbuncle, and;
(2) Geoffrey "the Fair" Plantagenet pictured above doesn't appear to be carrying these arms.
Geoffrey married on May 22, 1127 to Matilda of England who was born in 1104 and died on September 10, 1167. Matilda was the only surviving legitimate child of King Henry I of England. After the death of Henry I in 1135, Geoffrey laid claim to Normandy through his wife Matilda. Meanwhile, Matilda attempted the conquest of England from her cousin King Stephen who had gained the crown. Geoffrey did not accompany her, being still engaged in the conquest of Normandy, which he completed in 1144. In 1147 he undertook a crusade with King Louis VII of France. In 1150, Geoffrey and Matilda ceded Normandy to their son Henry (later King Henry II of England), who founded the English Angevin dynasty. Click on Matilda for her ancestry.
Geoffrey and Mathilda had the following sons:
Hamelin married Isabel de Warenne,
daughter of William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey who died on January
19, 1148 while on the Second Crusade in the Holy Land. Please Click
Here for Isabel's ancestry.
Hamelin Plantagenet adopted the name of Warenne or Warren and became the Earl of Surrey.
Hamelin and Isabel had the following children:
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