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William d'Evreux
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Birth: unknown, France
Death: Apr. 16, 1118, France

Count Evreux

William was the eldest child and only son of Richard d'Evreu and Godehildis / Adelaide of Burgundy.

William married Hervise of Nevers, the daughter of William I, Count of Nevers, and his first wife Ermengarde of Tonnerre. They had no children.

William and his father were present at the great Council at Lillebonne, where William the Conqueror's invasion of England was decided. William contributed 80 ships to the invasion, and was one of the few known companions to William at the Battle of Hastings. His father retired the same year, yet William did not succeed Richard until the next year. Combined with the fact he was rewarded by William the King with a reasonable but modest chiefdom, it is thought that William was not of full age until 1067, making his birth year 1046.

William returned to Normandy in 1078, and was one of the mediators in the treaty of Peace of Blanchelande. Shortly afterwards, King William, as if to indemnify himself for the property he had bestowed upon him in England, took from him the Castle of Evreux, and placed a royal garrison in it. Nevertheless, William fought on the King's side during the fighting in Maine, and was taken prisoner at the assault of the Castle of Saint Suzanne, held against the King by Hubert, Vicomte de Maine. In 1087, on the death of the Conqueror, he recovered the Castle of Evreux, driving out the royal troops both from there and from the town of Dangu in the Norman Vexin. In 1090, William waged a private was against Raoul de Toseny, which turned into political chaos, involving both Robert Curthose, the Duke of Normandy and William the Conqueror's brother, as well as King William II, always looking for ways to unseat his brother.

Count William and his wife donated property to the abbey of Saint-Martin, Troarn and founded a monastery at Noyan. They also laid out the foundation of a church devoted to St. Mary, but they both died before the project was completed.

As William aged, he left the governing to Helvise, but as she was rather head strong, refusing to listen to her husband's council, resulting in she and her husband's exile two times. She had the King's castle at Evreux taken down, causing one exile.

William's death, as well as two others, was foreseen by an pilgrim returning from Jerusalem. A local farmer having killed a cow at the order of the local bishop, Henry the Breton, discovered three piglets within the stomach of the cow. The pilgrim declared three great persons in the dominions of King Henry would die within the year. William was quickly followed by Queen Matildas and Robert, the Earl of Meulent.

Helvise died before William, who was "struck down by apoplexy" and was buried next to his father. As he did not have any children, King Henry seized his lands instead of passing them on his enemy, William's closest relative, Amaury III de Montfort. (bio by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens) 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard d' Evreux (____ - 1067)
 
 Spouse:
  Helvise De Nevers Evreux (____ - 1114)
 
Burial:
Abbaye de Fontenelle
Maing
Departement du Nord
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
 
Created by: relative
Record added: Oct 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119334152
 

Rest in peace
- Yvonne Grover
 Added: Oct. 2, 2014

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 Added: Sep. 23, 2014
In memory
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 Added: Oct. 26, 2013
 
 
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