William de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon
William de Reviers, or de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon (died 10 September 1217), feudal baron of Plympton in Devon, was the son of Baldwin de Redvers, 1st Earl of Devon and Adelise Baluun. William de Redvers is also known as William de Vernon, because he was brought up at Vernon Castle, in Normandy, the seat of his grandfather.
De Redvers took part in Richard the Lionheart's second coronation, in 1194, when the Canopy was supported by four Earls; he consistently supported King John. Nevertheless, at the end of John's life, in 1216 the King permitted Falkes de Breauté, one of his mercenary captains, to seize the Earl's widowed daughter-in-law, force a marriage, and take her dowry. These events are featured in Alfred Duggan's novel, Leopards and Lilies (1954).
On his death his title passed to his grandson, Baldwin de Redvers, 6th Earl of Devon, his only son, Baldwin de Redvers, having predeceased him.
Family and children
- Baldwin de Redvers (b. after 28 April 1200; d. 1 September 1216).
- Mary de Redvers, who married firstly, Pierre des Preaux, and secondly, Robert de Courtenay (d.1242) of Okehampton, Devon, great-grandfather of Hugh de Courtenay, 9th Earl of Devon (d.1340).
- Joan de Redvers, who married William Brewere; she had been betrothed to Hubert de Burgh, but it was broken off.
- Cokayne 1916, pp. 315–17.
- Sanders, I.J. (1960). "Barony of Plympton". English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086–1327. Oxford. pp. 137–8.
- Cokayne, George Edward (1916). Doubleday, H.A., ed. The Complete Peerage. 4. London: St. Catherine Press.
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Richard de Redvers
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Baldwin de Redvers