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"1158 Abbey "Des (Dames) Blanches" at Mortain, for Cistercian Nuns in
the Diocese of Avranches [Original Charters formerly at
Sous-prefecture of Mortain.] [fn1] Now removed to the Archives
AND "Charter of William, count of Mortain, Warenne, and Boulogne
giving and granting, in alms for ever to the nuns of St. Mary of
Mortain, the gift of his father king Stephen in lands and tenants,
with the land of Monfautret.
"Testes: Eustachius cancellarius; Balduinus de Campania; Robertus
Pavo; Robertus filius Fulconis; magister Lucas; Faramus; Fordanus
de Sancta-villa; Stephanus frater ejus; Robertus Avenel; Engelrannus
de Toschet; Hugo frater ejus; Guillelus de Virie; Arnoldus Pavo;
Guillelmus frater comitis. Apud Tenerbrachium. Anno ab incarnatione
"[fn4] Trans.: "Faranius." See, for him, Genealogist, XII., 145."
ON page 268 of Robert Bartlett's England Under the Norman and Angevin
"The different kinds of recruits -- feudal and other levies, household
troops, mercenaries -- should not be classified too emphatically into
separate categories. William of Ypres, for example, an illegitimate
cadet of the Flemish comital family is frequently and reasonably
described as the leader of king Stephen's Flemish mercenaries, but
after the king's capture in 1141, command of his household troops was
taken by William, along with Faramus of Boulogne, nephew of the queen,
Matilda. [fn76] J. Hexham, p. 310.
"The wife of Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the crusade,
who died at Marasch in cilicia in October, 1097, was described by the
chronicler Albert of Aachen as 'Baldwin's most noble wife, whom he had
brought from the kingdom of England'; he givers her name as
Godwera.[fn109] Albert of Aachen, Historia Hierosolymitana 3.27,
Recueil des historiens des croisades, Historiens occidentaxu (5 vols.;
Paris, 1844-95), vol. 4, p. 358; for discussion of her identity,
William of Tyre, A history of Deeds Done beyond the Sea, tr. E.
A.Babcock and A.C. Krey (2 vols; New York, 1943), vol. I, p. 178 n.20.
p. 112: ...[King Stephen] ... gave what support he could to the
crusading enterprise, even though he was clearly unable to leave his
kingdom in the middle of civil war. His wife, Matilda, who also had
family ties to crusader Jerusalem, being the niece of its first two
rulers, Godfrey de Bouillon and king Baldwin I, was a major patroness
of the crusading orders.
Hope this helps. ;-) Ginny