Raoul II of Tosny
Hastings in 1066
He is one of the few proven companions of William the Conqueror known to have fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Tradition says he gave up the role of standard bearer, his hereditary office, to Walter Giffard, in order to be able to fight closer to William, duke of Normandy.
Raoul became embroiled in a feud with Guillaume d'Evreux due to a disagreement between Guillaume's wife Helvise de Nevers and his wife, Isabel. This came to open war in 1091–92, when Guillaume attacked Conches. A settlement was reached. They later co-operated in attacking Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester's county of Meulan.
Raoul had widely spread holdings, his seat was at Flamstead in Hertfordshire, while he held lands in western Gloucestershire. He was granted Clifford Castle, and it is also believed that he held assets in the village of Hose, Leicestershire, which was split into two manors, Tosny's and that of the title holder of the Norman Belvoir Castle.
- Roger, died young.
- Raoul IV de Conches, married Alice of Huntingdon, daughter of Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, and Judith of Lens.
- Godehilde married Baldwin I of Jerusalem
- Ralph Tosny, Ralph de Toeni, Ralph de Tonei, Ralph de Tony, Ralph de Toni, Ralph de Todeni, Ralph de Tosney, Raoul de Conches, Raoul de Toeny, Raf Thoney, Rafe de Tosny.
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