Countess Adelaide of Normandy

Female 1030 - Bef 1090  (~ 59 years)


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  • Name Adelaide of Normandy 
    Title Countess 
    Born ~1030  Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 1090  (Normandie, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I51130  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2018 

    Father Robert de Normandie,   b. ~1005, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1035, Nicaea, Bithynia, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Mother Harriette de Falaise, Countess of Montaigne,   b. 1003, Falaise, Calvados, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~1050, Mortagne-au-Perche, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
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    Family ID F18913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lambert II, Count of Lens,   b. Lens, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1054, (France) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Normandie, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Judith of Lens,   b. 1054-1055, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1086  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F19048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - ~1030 - Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Adelaide of Normandy (or Adeliza) (c. 1030 bef. 1090) was the sister of William the Conqueror and was Countess of Aumale in her own right.

      Life

      Born c. 1030,[1] Adelaide was an illegitimate daughter of the Norman duke Robert the Magnificent. Robert's likewise illegitimate son and successor, William the Conqueror, was Adelaide's brother or half-brother.[a]

      Adelaide's first marriage to Enguerrand II, Count of Ponthieu potentially gave William a powerful ally in upper Normandy.[2] But at the Council of Reims in 1049, when the marriage of William with Matilda of Flanders was prohibited based on consanguinity, so were those of Eustace II, Count of Boulogne and Enguerrand of Ponthieu, who was already married to Adelaide.[3] Adelaide's marriage was apparently annulled c.1049/50 and another marriage was arranged for her, this time to Lambert II, Count of Lens, younger son of Eustace I, Count of Boulogne forming a new marital alliance between Normandy and Boulogne.[4] Lambert was killed in 1054 at Lille, aiding Baldwin V, Count of Flanders against Emperor Henry III.[5] Now widowed, Adelaide resided at Aumale, probably part of her dower from her first husband, Enguerrand, or part of a settlement after the capture of Guy of Ponthieu, her brother-in-law.[b][4] As a dowager Adelaide began a semi-religious retirement and became involved with the church at Auchy presenting them with a number of gifts.[4] In 1060 she was called upon again to form another marital alliance, this time to a younger man Odo, Count of Champagne.[6] Odo seems to have been something of a disappointment as he appears on only one of the Conqueror's charters and received no land in England; his wife being a tenant-in-chief in her own right.[6]

      In 1082, William and his wife, Matilda, gave to the abbey of the Holy Trinity in Caen the town of Le Homme in the Cotentin with a provision to the Countess of Albamarla (Aumale), his sister, for a life tenancy.[7] In 1086, as Comitissa de Albatnarla,[7] as she was listed in the Domesday Book, was shown as having numerous holdings in both Suffolk and Essex,[8] one of the very few Norman noblewomen to have held lands in England at Domesday as a tenant-in-chief.[9] She was also given the lordship of Holderness which was held after her death by her 3rd husband, Odo, the by then disinherited Count of Champagne; the lordship then passed to their son, Stephen.[7] Adelaide died before 1090.[10]
      Family

      Adelaide married three times; first to Enguerrand II, Count of Ponthieu (died 1053)[11] by whom she had issue:

      Adelaide, living 1096.[7]

      She married secondly Lambert II, Count of Lens (died 1054),[10] they had a daughter:

      Judith of Lens, m. Waltheof Earl of Huntingdon and Northumbria.[12]

      Adelaide married thirdly in 1060 Odo, Count of Champagne (d. aft. 1096),[13] by whom she had a son:

      Stephen, Count of Aumale.[13]

      end of biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12587] "Judith of Lens", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_of_Lens, https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usfeat.

    2. [S12588] "Adelaide of Normandy", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_of_Normandy, https://www.undiscoveredscotland.

    3. [S12488] "Herleva", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herleva, abstracted by David A. Hennessee, info@classroomfurniture.c.