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Alice or Alix, 8th Countess of Eu, Lady of Hastings

Female - 1246


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  • Name Alice or Alix  
    Suffix 8th Countess of Eu, Lady of Hastings 
    Gender Female 
    Died May 1246  Mothe-Saint-Heray, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fontblanche Priory, Exoudun, Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “ALICE OF EU, Countesss of Eu, Lady of Hastings. She was heiress in 1186 to her brother, Raoul of Eu. She married before 1190 RAOUL (or RALPH) D’EXOUDUN (or D’ISSOUDUN), seigneur of Issoudun, Melle, Chize, and la Mothe-Saint-Heray, in Poitou, and in right of his wife, 7th Count of Eu, Baron of Hastings, Sussex, founder of Fontblanche Priory in Exoudun in Poitou, younger son of Hugh de Lusignan (died 1169), by his wife, Orengarde. They had two sons, Raoul (or Ralph) [8th Count of Eu] and Guarin, and two daughters, Maud and Joan (wife of Pierre de Braine, Knt., Duke of Brittany, Earl of Richmond). He joined the crusade in 1189 and was present at Acre in 1190. Upon his return, King Richard I granted him Drincourt castle (now Neufchatel-en-Bray) in Normandy. In 1200 he swore fealty to King John, who gave him the castle of Civray in Poitou. In 1201 King John confiscated his English possessions and his possessions in Normandy and Poitou. Raoul and his brother, Hugh, Count of La Marche, appealed to the King of France, who in 1202 overran the pays of Bray and the comté of Eu, putting him back in possession of his lands in Normandy. In 1209 Alice was subsequently confirmed in the county of Eu by King Philippe Auguste of France, she relinquishing her rights to the castles of Neufchatel, Mortemer, and Arques. In 1214 King John granted Raoul the castles of Tickhill, Yorkshire and Hastings, Sussex with the appurtenances. RAOUL D’EXOUDUN, 7th Counnt of Eu, died at Melle 1 May 1219, and was buried in Fontblanche Priory. In 1220 his widow, Alice, was sued by Robert de Vipont and his wife, Idoine (Alice’s distant Builly cousin), for the castle and vill of Tickhill, Yorkshire, which suit was unsuccessfu. In 1225 Alice’s uncle, William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, granted her the manor of Greetwell, Lincolnsire in her widowhood. In 1243 King Henry II ordered all his vassals who took the side of King Louis IX of France to forfeit their lands. Alice elected to retain her possessions in France, thereby losing the honour and castle of Tickhill. She died testate at la Mothe-Saint-Heray in Poitou 13-15 May 1246 and was buried in Fontblanche Priory.”«s79» [1]
    Person ID I11789  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2020 

    Father Henri, 6th Comte d’Eu, Lord of Hastings,   b. Aft 1149,   d. 16 or 17 Mar 1183  (Age < 32 years) 
    Mother Maud or Mathilde DE WARENNE,   d. Bef 1228 
    Family ID F4091  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Raoul, dit d’Issoudun, 7th Count of Eu,   d. 1 May 1219, Melle Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1190 
    Children 
     1. Raoul (or Ralph), de Lusignan, 8th Count of Eu,   d. Sep 1246
     2. Guerin, de Lusignan
    +3. Maud or Mathilde, de Lusignan,   d. 14 Aug 1241
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F4090  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - May 1246 - Mothe-Saint-Heray, Poitou-Charentes, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S79] Plantagenet Ancestry: a Study in Colonial and Medieval Families., Richardson, Douglas., (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.).