William was the son of William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber and Maud de St. Valéry. He married Maud de Clare, daughter of Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford and Amice FitzRobert de Meullant of Gloucester, by whom he had issue, including John de Braose.
After his mother refused to hand over William as a hostage to King John, they fled to Ireland, where they found refuge at Trim Castle with the de Lacy's, the family of his sister Margaret. In 1210, King John sent an expedition to Ireland. William and Maud escaped but were apprehended on the Antrim coast while trying to sail for Scotland. After being briefly held at Carrickfergus Castle, they were sent to England. By the orders of King John they were taken to Corfe Castle were William and Maud was walled up alive inside the dungeon where they starved to death
The manner in which Maud and her son William met their deaths so outraged the English nobility that Magna Carta, which King John was forced to sign in 1215, contains clause 39; it reads:
No man shall be taken ,imprisoned, outlawed, banished or in any way destroyed, nor will we proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land.
William De Braose (1153 - 1211)
Maud de St. Valéry (1154 - 1210)
Reginald de Braose (____ - 1228)*
Matilda de Braose (1172 - 1210)*
William de Braose (1175 - 1210)
Margaret de Braose (1177 - 1255)*
Note: William and his mother Maud de St. Valéry, were walled up in their castle to starve (and die) by John Lackland, so they might not be 'buried'
Created by: Mad
Record added: Mar 18, 2012
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