Counts d'Eu and Lords of Hastings
William d'Eu [a], Count d'Eu, b abt 985, Normandy. He md Lesceline abt 1024, dau of Turketil, Seigneur de Turqueville, and Adeline de Montfort.
Child of William d'Eu and Lesceline de Harcourt was:
William d'Eu [c], Count d'Eu, Lord of Hastings, b abt 1058, d aft 1095. He md  Beatrice de Builly abt 1078; and  Helisende. Beatrice de Builly was b abt 1064, of Yorkshire, England.
Child of William d'Eu and Beatrice de Builly was:
Sir Henry d'Eu [d], Count d'Eu, Lord of Hastings, b abt 1085, d 12 Jul 1140. He md Margaret of Champagne abt 1122, daughter of William of Champagne, Sire of Sully, and Agnes de Sully.
Child of John d'Eu and Alice d'Aubigny was:
Sir Henry d'Eu [f], Count of Eu, Lord of Hastings, b abt 1158, d 11 Mar 1183. He md Maud de Warenne abt 1180, daughter of Sir Hamelin Plantagenet, Earl of Surrey, Count of Varennes, and Isabel de Warenne.
a. Illegitimate son of Duke Richard I of Normandy, he received from his father the comte of the Exmesin (or Heimois). He rebelled against his half-brother, Duke Richard II and was imprisoned at Rouen, but after escaping, he submitted to the Duke and was pardoned, thereafter being given the comit of Eu. He married Lesceline, daughter of Turketil, the Seigneur de Turqueville, said Turketil having been his gaoler. His date of death is not known, but he was buried in the Collegiate Church of Eu, which he had founded. His widow, who took the veil, died 26 Jan 1057/58, was buried in the Abbey of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives, which she had founded.
b. Together with Roger de Mortimer, he commanded the Norman army at the battle of Mortemer Feb 1053/54, and received from the Conqueror the honour of the rape of Hastings, Thurrock, Essex, and Buckworth in co. Hunts. Having been left in command in Lincolnshire by the Conqueror, he, together of Robert, Count of Mortain, successfully defeated an attempted invasion by the Danes. As many other Norman lords, he deserted Duke Robert in 1089 and sided with William Rufus. Eyton conjectured that his wife Beatrice may have been the the heir (and daughter) of Ralph de Limesy.
c. Second, but first surviving son, he was in possession of an extensive honour in 1086, which included Stonehouse, Badgworth, etc., co. Gloucester, Winford, Frome, Swyre, More Crichel, Long Crichel, Bradford, etc., co. Dorset, Hinton, Laverton, Yeovil, Tickenham, etc., co. Somerset, Arlesey, Edworth, Sundon, etc., co. Beds, and many others. He took a prominent part in the 1088 rebellion against William Rufus, in favor of Duke Robert, and invaded Gloucestershire, destroying the town of Berkeley. While Rufus won him over by bribes in 1093, by 1095 he had joined in Mowbray's plot to kill the King, in order to place Stephen of Aumale on the throne. In 1095/96, at the Council of Salisbury, he was charged with treason, and after having been vanquished in single combat by his accuser, was condemned to be blinded and emasculated. Nothing further is known of him, so it is presumed he died then or shortly thereafter.
d. He initially supported Henry I against Duke Robert, but in 1118 he prepared to join the revolt in favour of the Duke's son, William, but he was arrested at Rouen by Henry I and imprisoned until he surrendered all of his castles. Later, however, he was on Henry I's side at the battle of Bremule 20 Aug 1119. He became a monk at Foucarmont Abbey, which he had founded in 1129/30. He was married three times, firstly, to Maud/Mahaut (d 1109), secondly, to Hermentrude, and lastly, to Margaret, the niece of King Stephen.
e. Son and heir by his father's third wife, he was given custody of the castle of Tickhill by King Stephen. He fought at the battle of Lincoln, where he was captured, whereupon the victors siezed his castle. He attended the Council at Clarendon in Jan 1163/64, and in 1166 he returned that he had 56 knights' fees in the rape of Hastings. He also held 11 knights' fees in Kent of the Earl of Arundel as the maritagium of his wife Adelise, daughter of the said Earl of Arundel. Like his father, he also became a monk at Foucarment Abbey. His widow married Alvred de St. Martin, the King's dapifer, and predeceased him.
f. He was a minor at his father's death, and was for some years in the custody of the Earl of Arundel. He was an adherent of the younger Henry in the rebellion of 1173. He and Maud appear to have left two children, a son, Raoul, who died s.p., a minor in 1186, and daughter Alice.
g. Countess of Eu and Lady of Hastings, she married Raoul de Lusignan, who became Count of Eu. The honour of Hastings was taken into the King's hands in or after 1207, where it remained until 1214.
CP: Vol V[151-160]; AR: Line 123[27-28], 139[25-27].
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