Laigle family

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The Laigle family is among the best known of the families that came to England in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest. The family took its name from the town of L'Aigle. In the ducal period of Normandy it was the site of some strategic importance as it lay on the fringe of the duchy. The record of the 12th century chronicler Orderic Vitalis shows Engenulf, Lord of Laigle, to have been one of the very few proven companions of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.[1] He was the only prominent Norman noble to lose his life at the Battle of Hastings.[2]


  1. ^ Historia Ecclesiastica, The Ecclesiastical History by Orderic Vitalis, books 4 & 5, written between 1110 and 1142.
  2. ^ Kathleen Thompson, "The Lords of Laigle: Ambition and Insecurity on the borders of Normandy" in Anglo-Norman Studies; XVIII; ed. Christopher Harper-Bill, Woodbridge, 1996, 177-80