by Margaret Schooling [1]


When William "le Fort" de Vivonne died in 1259, Henry III granted his estates and the marriages of his four daughters to four of his household knights. However, in 1248 Henry had allowed William to inherit and hold family lands in Poitou as well as those he already held in England, so those lands were also part of their inheritance. Henry may have seen these arrangements as part of his policy of consolidating his hold on the Aquitaine, but the girls' mother, Matilda de Ferrers, managed to regain control. The daughters eventually married other men and the inheritance was divided according to whether the daughters and their husbands lived in France or England.

Foundations (2012) 4: 21-35      © Copyright FMG and the author

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