Sir Edmund Crouchback, Prince of England

Sir Edmund Crouchback, Prince of England

Male 1245 - 1296  (51 years)

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  • Name Edmund Crouchback 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix Prince of England 
    Born 16 Jan 1245  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Earl of Lancaster  [3
    Also Known As Earl of Leicester  [3
    Also Known As Edmund Plantagenet 
    Died 5 Jun 1296  Bayonne, Pyrennes-Atlantiques, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried 15 Jul 1296  Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I37343  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 

    Father Henry III, King of England,   b. 1 Oct 1207, Winchester Castle, Hampshire, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1272, Westminster Palace, Westminster, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Eleanor of Provence, Queen of England, Princess of Castile,   b. 1222, Aix-En-Provence, Bouches-Du-Rhone, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1291, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 14 Jan 1236  Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F13809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Blanche de Capet d'Artois, Queen of Navarre, Princess of France,   b. 1245, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1302, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married Bef 29 Oct 1275-6  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
     1. Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Leicester,   b. 1281, Grosmont Castle, Monmouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1345, Leicester, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F13808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 29 Oct 1275-6 - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jan 1245 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jun 1296 - Bayonne, Pyrennes-Atlantiques, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 Jul 1296 - Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
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    Edmund Crouchback

  • Notes 
    • Edmund Crouchback (16 January 1245 – 5 June 1296), of Grosmont Castle[2] in Monmouthshire, Wales, a member of the House of Plantagenet, was the second surviving son of King Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence. In his childhood he had a claim on the Kingdom of Sicily, but he never ruled there. He was granted all the lands of Simon de Montfort in 1265, and from 1267 he was titled Earl of Leicester. In that year he also began to rule Lancashire, but he did not take the title Earl of Lancaster until 1276. Between 1276 and 1284 he governed the counties of Champagne and Brie with his second wife, Blanche of Artois, in the name of her daughter Joan, and he was described in the English patent rolls as earl of Lancaster and Champagne.[3] His nickname, "Crouchback" (meaning "cross-back"), refers to his participation in the Ninth Crusade.

      Edmund was born in London, a son of Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence. He was a younger brother of Edward I, Margaret, and Beatrice, and an elder brother of Catherine.

      He was invested ruler of the Kingdom of Sicily by the Bishop of Bologna in 1255, on behalf of Pope Alexander IV. In return, his father undertook to pay the papacy 135,541 marks and fight a war to dislodge the Hohenstaufen king Manfred. Henry's barons refused to contribute to what they called the "Sicilian business", and ultimately Henry was only able to pay 60,000 marks. Steven Runciman says the grant of the kingdom was revoked by Pope Alexander IV on 18 December 1258;[5] Baines and Harland state that this occurred in 1263, under Pope Urban IV.

      However, Edmund soon obtained important possessions and dignities, for soon after the forfeiture of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester on 25 October 1265, Edmund received the Earldom of Leicester[6] and later that of Lancaster.[3] He was granted the honour of the Stewardship of England and the lands of Nicolas de Segrave. He also acquired the titles and estates of Lord Ferrers, that included the earldom of Derby, and the Honour of Hinckley Castle.

      In 1267, Edmund was granted the lordship of Builth Wells, in opposition to the then holder, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (the last prince of an independent Wales). To help him conquer the land, he was also granted his elder brother's lordships of the Trilateral of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castle, all in Monmouthshire, together with Monmouth. After the civil war in 1267, he was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire. Henry III created his second son Earl of Leicester in 1267, granting the honour and privileges of that city. The following year he was made Constable of Leicester Castle, a royal possession in the king's name. Crouchback by now had a reputation as a ruthless and ferocious warrior, but he was not in England fighting de Montfort.[7]

      In 1271, Edmund accompanied his elder brother Edward on the Ninth Crusade to Palestine. Some historians, including the authors of the Encyclopµdia Britannica article on him, state that it was because of this that he received the nickname 'Crouchback' (which means "cross-back"), indicating that he was entitled to wear a cross stitched into the back of his garments.[8]

      On his return from the Crusade of 1271–2, he seems to have made Grosmont Castle his favoured home and undertook much rebuilding there. His son Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster was apparently born there in 1281.

      Edmund remained loyal to his brother, Edward I; the Charter grants of 1265, 1267, and 1268–9 were confirmed by the King in a document of Inspeximus in 1284, and by Parliament in the Great Charter of Leicester.[9] Also in 1284, on the marriage of his stepdaughter, he renounced the title of earl of Champagne, although he continued in possession of his wife's dowerlands.[3] Edmund frequently acted as an ambassador abroad. He was sent as Governor of Ponthieu in 1291, on behalf of his second wife, Blanche of Artois.

      His duty to the church included the foundation of a Nuns of Clara or Poor Clares nunnery at Minories, St Aldate's. In 1291, his estate paid for the establishment for the Chapel of Savoy, in memory of his mother, near St Clement Danes. Filial piety was part of the chivalric code of an honourable knight. Edmund was a generous benefactor to the monastery of Grace Dieu in Leicestershire, and to the nuns at Tarrant Crawford. He also helped establish a major Greyfriars monastery at Preston in the duchy of Lancaster.

      In 1281, he supervised the construction of Aberystwyth Castle for King Edward I to subjugate the Welsh. The following year Edmund accompanied Roger Mortimer on campaign against Llywelyn, defeating and capturing the prince.

      In 1294 the French king, Philip IV, through trickery, defrauded King Edward out of his lands in Gascony. Edward immediately began to plan an invasion, but ran into difficulties. First, some of the Welsh rebelled against him, then the Scots rebelled. Finally, by the end of 1295, he was ready to take up the conflict with Philip. He wanted to send Edmund to lead a small force ahead of the main army he was gathering, but Edmund fell ill in that autumn and was unwell until Christmas. Finally Edmund was able to go to Bordeaux for his brother.[10] Amongst the nobles[6]:123 was the Earl of Lincoln and 26 banneret knights. During the siege of Bayonne the English ran out of money, so the army melted into the countryside. Broken-hearted, the warrior-prince Edmund Crouchback died on 5 June. His body was carried to England and was interred on 15 July 1296 at Westminster Abbey, London.

      Edmund married firstly on 8 April 1269 Aveline de Forz, daughter of William de Forz, 4th Earl of Albemarle and Isabella de Fortibus, Countess of Devon. She died just four years after the marriage, at the age of 15, and was buried at Westminster Abbey. The couple had no children, though some sources believe she may have died in childbirth or shortly after a miscarriage.[citation needed]

      He married secondly on 3 February 1276 Blanche of Artois, in Paris, widow of King Henry I of Navarre, and daughter of Robert I of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. With Blanche he had three children:

      Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster (born circa 1278, executed 22 March 1322)
      Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster (born circa 1281, died 22 September 1345)
      John of Lancaster (born bef. May 1286, died in France shortly bef. 13 June 1317),[11] seigneur of Beaufort (present-day Montmorency, Aube, arrond. d'Arcis-sur-Aube, canton de Chavanges) and Nogent-l'Artaud (Aisne, arrond. de Chăateau-Thierry, canton de Charly), France. Before July 1312, he married Alix de Joinville, widow of Jean d'Arcis, seigneur of Arcis-sur-Aube and Chacenay (died in or before 1307), and daughter of Jean de Joinville, seigneur de Joinville (Haute-Marne, arrond. Vassy, ch.-I. canton), Seneschal of Champagne, by his second wife, Alix, daughter and heiress of Gautier, seigneur of Reynel. They had no issue.

      Edmund's seal as king of Sicily:
      Eadmundus Dei gracia Siciliae rex

      Edmund's seal (19th-century reproduction by Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville)

      Ancestors of Edmund Crouchback
      (a label azure three fleur-de-lys or each)Marks of Cadency in the British Royal Family
      Grosmont Castle in Monmouthshire granted to him by his father in 1267
      Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Edmund, Earl of Lancaster" . Encyclopµdia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 948–949.
      Simon Lloyd, "Edmund , first earl of Lancaster and first earl of Leicester (1245–1296)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004; online edition, January 2008).
      Runciman, Steven (1958). The Sicilian Vespers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 59–63.
      Baines, Edward and Harland, John. The History of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster, G. Routledge and Sons, 1868
      Rothero, Christopher (1984). The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250–1400. Osprey Publishing. p. 32.
      Heylin, Peter (1652). Cosmographie. p. 110. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
      "Fourteenth century England" vol. VII, p.137.
      Morris, Mark (2015). ""Chapter 9"". A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain.
      See: Foundations 1(3) (2004): 198–199.
      External links
      Inquisition Post Mortem
      Remfry, P.M., Grosmont Castle and the families of Fitz Osbern, Ballon, Fitz Count, Burgh, Braose and Plantagenet of Grosmont. SCS Publishing, Worchester, 2003 (ISBN 1-899376-56-9)
      Edmund Crouchback at Find a Grave
      W.E. Rhodes, "Edmund, Earl of Lancaster", English Historical Review, x (1895)
      R. Somerville, History of the Duchy of Lancaster, i, 1953

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