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He and his family are briefly chronicled in the publication 'The Battle Abbey Roll, with some account of the Norman Lineages', page 221-224.A full transcription of the chapter covering the de Verduns is copied further below.
The intention is that further reading of the text, ensuing reflection and research and simple moments of freer time may result in these gaps being 'plugged', enabling a fuller picture to be revealed in due course.
Consequently, the text below will have unedited errors and will be being updated as and when there is time to add new information or correct and edit the current text.
Even if Beryl Platts is correct, the question still remains what it was that brought a 'de Verdun' to Normandy.
One potential connection could have been through 'Richard of Verdun', Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Vanne from 1004-1046.
Another story relates that Bertram's forebear, called Norman de Verdun, arrived in Normandy in the suite of Rollo, first Duke of Normandy, but this is likely to be a mix-up with the 'Norman de Verdun' who was a grandson of Bertram I de Verdun, and it would be odd for Rollo the Viking to arrive with another Norseman who bore such an un-Scandinavian name as 'de Verdun'.
A book by historian and heraldic expert Beryl Platts - 'Scottish Hazard, Volume Two: The Flemish Heritage' (latest edition 1990) - supports the story of the de Verdun family of Normandy's descent from the Counts of Verdun-sur-Meuse in Lorraine. "The first Bigod..Robert 'le Bigot', grandfather of the girls who would marry the two Williams d'Aubigny.: The original purpose of this page was to provide more information about the heraldry of the Vardons of Goldstone, but in the process it has become extended, providing more data on the broader inter-related branches of the de Verdun/Verdon families in England, Normandy and Ireland, in case this may be of added interest for anyone seeking more knowledge about this Norman family.Readers should be aware that this is very much 'a work in progress' and contains incomplete details, sometimes placed here purposely like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that there hasn't been time to put into the correct places, with some sections completed but interconnecting links remaining missing.The task is not so formidable; they lived boldly, publicly, and left clues - in their use of names, their marital alliances, their heraldry. The arms of Mandeville and Vere were those of Senlis. Richard, Thurstan's son, was made vicomte of Avranches, perhaps (as with Cotentin and Bessin) at the instigation of the king of France. Douglas, in his [book] William the Conqueror, has touched on the role of the Norman vicomtes, which was both military and judicial, without examining the pedigrees of the men who attained such office.The more their antecedents are studied, the plainer it becomes that they were non-Normans, almost certainly recruited by the new French dynasty from the remnants of a Carolingian system of government further east, to teach the raw and lawless Normans some of the traditional ways of civilised life.This manor had been held previously by Goda, daughter of Emma of Normandy by her husband King Æthelred the Unready and therefore a full sister of Edward the Confessor.Goda's second husband (her first had been Count Drogo of the Véxin), Count Eustace II of Boulogne, married afterwards Ida the daughter of Godfrey III, who is said to have been Bertram de Verdun's father.This would have made Bertram the brother-in-law of Goda's second husband.Perhaps this connection explains why he was granted Farnham Royal - in all likelihood we will never know for sure.Platts argues persuasively that a number of leading Norman nobles who settled in Scotland, like the de Brus family, were members of exiled or émigré noble families from Flanders, who had become tenants of lands in Normandy before 1066. He was in the service of William de Warlaing, and perhaps acted as his second-in-command.On pages 59-60, in a discussion about the feudal tenants in the Cotentin, she writes:"The lordly names, all assumed to belong to Normans because Normandy is where they were in 1066, must have their antecedents probed. William de Jumièges, who supplied that information, added that he was married to a sister of Thurstan Goz.