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ENGLAND Gundred Princess Of
Female Abt 1063 - 1085


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  • Birth  Abt 1063  Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  27 May 1085  Castle Acre, Acre, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Priory, Lewes, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • There was never any question of Gundred being an illegitimate daughter of William I, but rather it was a case of a fraudulent claim that she was a legitimate daughter. The reason people used to think that Gundred was a daughter of William the Conqueror was because the monks of Lewes forged some charters which stated that. But I don't think anyone now seriously maintains that these charters are authentic.

      Gundred is known to have been a sister of Gerbod, who was briefly earl of Chester under William the Conqueror. It's clear they were members of a Flemish family who were advocates of St Bertin's Abbey in St Omer, and who held Oosterzele and Scheldewindeke, although the genealogy isn't altogether clear.

      Chris Phillips

      Gundred was a sister of Gerbod the Fleming, earl of Chester, and possibly a
      daughter of Gerbod, hereditary advocate of the abbey of St. Bertin at St.
      Omer. Many sources name her as the daughter of William the Conqueror and
      his wife Matilda, and she has also been put forth as a daughter or
      stepdaughter of William the Conqueror. This, however, was shown to be false
      many years ago. She died in childbirth.

      David C. Douglas contends in "William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact Upon
      England" (Berkeley: Univ of Calif Press, 1964): "The view once held that
      Matilda was already married [to Gerbod] when William sought her hand, and
      was then the mother of a daughter, Gundrada, later the wife of William de
      Warenne, has now been conclusively disproved by the researches of Chester
      Waters and Sir Charles Clay. There is no reason to suppose that Gundrada
      was the daughter of either William or Matilda."

      DD says: "Sister of Gerbod the Fleming,advocate of Saint-Bertin and earl of
      Chester in 1070, and Frederick. Wife of William I de Warenne. She died in
      childbirth on 27 May 1085 and was buried in Lewes priory (Mon. Ang. v,12).
      EYC viii,pp. 6-7; A. J. Farrington, 'A note on Gherbod the Fleming, Earl of
      Chester', Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society li (1984)."

      Hope this helps. Polly Zashin

      PLM: There is some doubt in my mind, however. Per your earlier assistance to
      me; I do now have "The Chartulary of the Priory of St. Pancras of Lewes",
      vol. I, ed. L. F. Salzman, and published by the Sussex Record Society in
      1032. There is a lengthy charter by William Warrene nearly six pages in
      length; so I will not quote it's entirety, but this bit is curious.

      Page 3:

      "..., I have given for the welfare of my soul and that of Gundrada my wife
      and for the soul of my lord King William who brought me into England and by
      whose license I caused the monks to come and who confirmed my former gift,
      and for the welfare of my lady Queen Maud the mother of my wife and for the
      welfare of my lord King William his son after whose coming to England I made
      this charter and who made me Earl of Surrey,..." UNQ

      PLM: It is quite clear from this charter, that Gundrada is the daughter of
      Queen Maud, and the lack of a reference to William I being the father of
      Gundrada is highly significant. If I were to rely solely on this evidence, I
      would have to conclude that Gundrada was NOT the daughter of William I at
      all.

      People have referred to forged charters from Lewes, but what is the basis of
      these assertions, and which references discuss these "supposedly proven
      forgeries"? The premise of such an accusation appears to be up side down, in
      relation to the above charter. It seems illogical to forge a document that
      makes Gundrada the daughter of the Queen, as opposed to the King of England;
      which would essentially diminish her social standing, instead of elevating
      it, as most forgeries tend to do?

      Cheers,
      Phil
    Person ID  I1382  Royal Family of Europe
    Last Modified  30 Dec 2002 

    Father  OF NORMANDIE William the Conqueror,   b. 14 Oct 1024, Falaise, Normandie Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1087, Hermenbraville, Rouen, Normandie Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  ENGLAND Matilda Countess Of Flanders Queen Of,   b. Abt 1031, Of Flandres Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1083, Caen, Normandie Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1050  Castle Of, Angi, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F12  Group Sheet

    Family  WARREN William De,   b. Abt 1055, Of, Bellencombe, Seine Inferieure, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1088, , Lewes, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1077  , , Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. WARENNE (WARREN) William II De,   b. Abt 1065, Of, , Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1138, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WARREN Reginald De,   b. Abt 1082, Of, , Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. WARREN Edith De,   b. Abt 1084, Of, , Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. WARREN Gundred De,   b. Abt 1085, Acre Castle, Acre, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F581  Group Sheet



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