Raoul II of Tosny

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Raoul II de Tosny[1]seigneur de Conches-en-Ouche[2] (died 9 April 1102[3]) was a Norman nobleman of the House of Tosny, son of Roger I of Tosny. He was active in Normandy, England and Wales.

Victor at Hastings in 1066[edit]

He is one of the few proven companions of William the Conqueror known to have fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.[4] 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.[5]

Marriage[edit]

He married Isabel de Montfort, daughter of Simon I de Montfort. There was a feud with Guillaume d'Evreux and his wife Helvise de Nevers, recorded by Ordericus Vitalis.[6] This came to open war in 1091–92, when Guillaume attacked Conches. A settlement was reached.[7] They later co-operated in attacking Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester's county of Meulan.

In England[edit]

He had widely spread holdings, as recorded in the Domesday Survey. His seat was at Flamstead in Hertfordshire.[8] He held Clifford Castle. 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.

Family[edit]

Robert de Stafford was his brother.

His second son, Raoul IV de Conches, was his surviving heir. He married Alice of Huntingdon, daughter of Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, and Judith of Lens.[9]

His daughter Godehilde married Baldwin I of Jerusalem.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Conches-en-Ouche
  3. ^ Watson, Kenrick History of Worcestershire – Fasciculus II Parishes of Areley Kings and Shrawley c1840 p19
  4. ^ [1], [2]
  5. ^ [3], PDF, in French, p.80.
  6. ^ Cawley, Charles, Jerusalem, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy ,[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ Frank Barlow, William Rufus (1983) p.286.
  8. ^ The Domesday Book Online – Landowners S-T
  9. ^ My Lines – Person Page 107

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