Anschetil was the medieval progenitor of the Harcourt family. His wikitree profile, showing him as the son of Turchetil, is here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Harcourt-18
Anschetil has told me that Turchetil was actually his adoptive father. Here is Anschetil's story, as recorded over the past few days:
(June 23, 2018) Anschetil was a man who had a father who was a knight. Anschetil understood that his father was a good knight. Anschetil wanted to be the way his father was. Anschetil understood that, if he tried, he would be able to be a good knight. Anschetil understood, because of his ability, that he would be able to live the life of a nobleman. Anschetil knew that, in his time, men with ability had the capability to rise. This is what Anschetil expected.
Anschetil understood, after he became a knight, that he would be expected to live in a castle. Anschetil wanted to live away from a castle. A castle had hard floors. A castle had no sunlight. A castle was uncomfortable. Anschetil understood, if he wanted to be a knight, that living in a castle was necessary.
Anschetil understood, after becoming a knight, that sometimes a knight was not able to decide what he would do. Sometimes the knight was ordered to do something that he thought wasn’t correct. This made Anschetil very nervous. Anschetil hoped that his lord would not expect his knight to do things that were against the teaching of the Church.
Anschetil was able to become a knight in the service of a man who didn’t expect his knights to do bad things. Anschetil understood, after becoming a knight, that he would not be able to control his life. He would always be under the command of a higher knight. This was something that Anschetil hadn’t thought about. Anschetil understood that it would be necessary to be a high-level man in order to have any say in what the decisions were.
Anschetil was under the impression that his father was unable to advance. Anschetil knew that his father did not have land. This meant that his father had to live in the castle of another man. This was honorable. But this was not desirable. Anschetil understood that his father would have little to give him. Anschetil also understood that, if he was able to obtain land, he would be able to have his own castle. Anschetil didn’t want to live in a castle. But Anschetil understood that a castle was the mark of a man who made his own decisions.
Anschetil wanted to be a man with followers. Anschetil understood, if he was to be a successful knight, he would have to be able to inspire others. This did not come naturally. Anschetil had to work to find a way to make others want to do what Anschetil wanted them to do.
(June 24, 2018) Anschetil wanted to be able to live in the way that he saw. Anschetil understood that the lord of a castle must live in the castle. Anschetil understood that, if a man didn’t live in a castle, he was never safe. Anschetil came from a family where the people did not live in a castle. Anschetil had a father who was very strong. This meant that he was chosen to become a knight. Anschetil did not live in a castle. Anschetil had visits from his father. Anschetil understood, because of his father, that he would have an opportunity to become a knight also. This meant that other boys were inclined to favor him. Anschetil learned how to be a leader, without having formal training.
Anschetil understood, after it was too late, that his decision to become a knight was irreversible. Anschetil would always be bound to a lord. This meant, for Anschetil, that he would never be able to make his own decisions. Anschetil thought of choosing a wife. Anschetil understood, because he was a knight, that he had to have the permission of his lord to marry. This was something that lords gave to knights who had served for a long time. Anschetil understood, because of this, that he would not have a family until he was old.
Anschetil understood, after he became a knight, that he would be required to have a servant. Anschetil, without any thought, chose a boy who was able to become a knight. This meant that Anschetil had a follower. Anschetil understood, because many knights didn’t try to help their servants learn, that the servant was often not very loyal. Anschetil understood that he had the opportunity to practice helping loyalty develop.
(6/25/2018) Anschetil wasn’t able to think about the things that he wanted to do. Anschetil understands that men in the time that John lives in do things because they want to. Anschetil never had this opportunity. Anschetil understood that a knight had to be ready at any time to serve his lord. Anschetil wanted to have the ability to think about his own preferences. Anschetil wanted to be able to live without the need to ask for permission to marry. Anschetil understood, if he was able to obey, he would gradually get more freedom. This is what happened.
(6/26/18) Anschetil wanted to have the permission of his lord. Anschetil asked for the boon of marriage. Anschetil understood, because of what he asked, that he would be dependent. An unmarried knight could easily find another lord. This often happened. But a married knight was under the compulsion of protecting his wife. This meant that he could not simply leave. He had to have an ability to provide regular protection. A woman without sufficient protection was a target for rape. Anschetil understood this point, and decided that he would forego the freedom of being a knight without a wife, for the hope of having a son.
(6/26/18) Anschetil will describe the process the led to Anschetil becoming the adopted son of Terchetil. Anschetil was under the authority of Terchetil. Anschetil understood that Terchetil had a son. Anschetil knew, after several months, that Terchetil despaired of having a grandson. Terchetil understood that his son could not make a son.
Anschetil understood, because of this situation, Terchetil was unable to continue. Terchetil understood that his family would be extinct. Terchetil understood, after realizing this, that he could adopt a son. Terchetil understood, that by adopting a son, he would be able to continue his lineage. Terchetil didn’t thing of this as being the same. But Terchetil understood that his name would be continued. Terchitil decided to have this ceremony. Anschetil had become trusted and Terchetil had just given authority to Anschetil to take a wife. This was the situation that was in process.
Terchetil understood that his son would continue as lord of his manor. Terchetil also understood that his son would not be able to have a child. This meant that Anschetil would become the heir of Terchetil. Otherwise, the land would revert to the King of France.