Foundations - Vol. 1, No. 3 - Contents & Abstracts

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Ellis of Lepton and Barnborough (John M Ellis)

An attempt to discover the identity of Richard Elys of Lepton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, who, in 8 Hen. V (21 Mar. 1420 - 20 Mar. 1421) entailed his lands on his eldest son Richard and his three younger sons John, Robert and William.

The Dukedom of Norfolk (John Horace Round)

A manuscript of this article by the well-known medieval historian, John Horace Round (1854-1928), in his own handwriting, is held by the FMG. A scanned copy of the original is available on the FMG website. To the best of our knowledge it has not been published previously. It has been dated, on the basis of internal evidence, to 1883. Although not entirely medieval, it is felt sufficiently so to be of interest to our readers, especially given its author’s eminence in our field.

As far as possible, given the author’s propensity for adding marginal notes, parenthetic comments, deletions and additions, it has been transcribed as written, with minimal editing. The article was evidently written to correct prevalent errors, notably in Burke’s Peerage. It is of biographical interest as an example of Round’s early work, and we believe also provides several useful additions and corrections to the Dukedom of Norfolk in the second edition Complete Peerage (1936, vol.9, pp.610ff). In 1883 Round had not even seen the first edition Complete Peerage (1887-1898), and he died before the publication of the volume on Norfolk in the second edition (1936). Editorial comments are included as footnotes with the suffix [Ed.]. The remaining footnotes are from Round.

New Insights into the Pedigree of the Lords of Vonges (Thierry le Hęte)

With the little documentary evidence available, The Lords of Vonges, a long dead branch of the Champlitte and Pontailler families in France are not well known or understood. Here, author and French medieval genealogy expert Thierry le Hęte has uncovered new sources that reveal three previously unknown members of the family and he shows how they fit into a revised pedigree.

Katherine Roet's Swynfords: a re-examination of interfamily relationships and descent – Part 2 (Judy Perry)

Part 2 of this article continues the study of Katherine (Roet) Swynford’s association with the family of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. This part focuses on Thomas Swynford (1366-1432), together with other Swynfords, and their links to the Roet family.

[Continued from July 2003, Foundations 1 (2): 122-131.]

Cecily Plantagenet's 1st Marriage (Douglas Richardson)

In this article Douglas Richardson discusses the evidence for the marriage of Cecily Plantagenet sometime in 1485 to Ralph Scrope of Upsall. The brief marriage was dissolved in 1486.

The Robessart Tomb in Westminster Abbey (C R Humphery-Smith)

Cecil Humphery-Smith first examined the tomb of Lewis de Robessart, which forms part of a screen to St Paul's chapel on the North aisle of Westminster Abbey, more than 50 years ago. What then remained inspired him to attempt to reconstruct the heraldic display. The resulting panoply illustrates the wide-ranging intermarriages between the free-booting Hainaulter families and the Houses of Lancaster and their incursions into the Iberian peninsula.

A Realignment of the 12th and 13th Century Pedigree of the Earls of Warwick – Complete Peerage Correction (Rosie Bevan)

Continuing our regular series of updates to the Complete Peerage, Rosie Bevan provides evidence for a solution to some problematic chronology and confusing relationships in the family of the 12th and 13th century Earls of Warwick.

Complete Peerage Correction: Henry, Earl of Lancaster's marriage to Alix de Joinville (Douglas Richardson)

This article adds to our series of updates and corrections to The Complete Peerage. Douglas Richardson provides evidence that Alix de Joinville was married to John of Lancaster, seigneur of Beaufort, rather than to John’s elder brother, Henry, Earl of Lancaster, as claimed by the Complete Peerage.

Bohemund of Brienne, Prince of Rascia, Alleged Ancestor of Bajamonte Tiepolo (Lindsay Brook)

This article attempts to shed some light on the ancestry of Bajamonte Tiepolo, failed leader of a putsch against the Venetian Republic in 1310. His forename seems to be unique among members of the oligarchs of Venice. No firm conclusions can as yet be drawn. Some of the more fanciful suggestions can, however, be questioned or even dismissed. It is moreover proposed that ‘Rascia’ is a red-herring, and that the enigmatic ‘Bohemund’ came from elsewhere in the Balkans. This article includes a brief reassessment of the chronology of the life of Jean de Brienne, to whom Bohemund is alleged to be related.

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