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Agnes Giffard (de Ribemont), Countess

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Longueville, Normandy, France
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anselme I de Ribemont, comte d'Ostrevant and Agnès de Roucy
Wife of Walter Giffard and Gautier II (Walter) Giffard, Seigneur de Longueville, 1st Earl of Buckingham
Mother of Isabel de Grenville; Constance De Granville and Walter III Giffard, Seigneur de Longueville, Earl of Buckingham
Sister of Anselme II de Ribemont, comte d'Ostrevant
Half sister of Robert-Wichard, comte de Clefmont

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About Agnes Giffard, Countess

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Giffard, Walter

b. ABT 1010 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

d. 1085/1102 France

Gender: Male

Parents:

   Father: BOLEBec - Giffard , Walter
   Mother: Fleitel, Agnes Ermentrude

Family:

   Marriage: ABT 1025 France ?
   Spouse:Fleitel, Agnes Ermentrude
   Children:
         Giffard, Hugh
         Giffard, Adelaide
         This family has 5 more children.
         Unregistered versions of GED4WEB© will only output 2 children

Family:

   Marriage: ABT 1055 France ?
   Spouse: Ribemont , Agnes
   b. ABT 1035
   Gender: Female
   Children:
         Giffard, Rohese
         Giffard, Walter 

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http://genealogy-records.info/f_1b4.html

Giffard, Walter

b. ABT 1010 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

d. 1085/1102 France

Gender: Male

Parents:

   Father: BOLEBec - Giffard , Walter
   Mother: Fleitel, Agnes Ermentrude

Family:

   Marriage: ABT 1025 France ?
   Spouse:Fleitel, Agnes Ermentrude
   Children:
         Giffard, Hugh
         Giffard, Adelaide
         This family has 5 more children.
         Unregistered versions of GED4WEB© will only output 2 children

Family:

   Marriage: ABT 1055 France ?
   Spouse: Ribemont , Agnes
   b. ABT 1035
   Gender: Female
   Children:
         Giffard, Rohese
         Giffard, Walter 

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The Countess Agnes de Ribemont Giffard was the mistress of Robert Curthose Duke of Normandy. Agnes bore William Lord of Tortosa to the Duke.

Guillaume de Jumièges records that Duke Robert Courtethuese married "Sibylle sœur de Guillaume comte de Conversano"[269]. Orderic Vitalis records that Sibylle (the legal wife of the Duke) was poisoned and died "during Lent"[271]. (According to William of Malmesbury, she died "by disease"[272].) Others said she died in childbirth. However, Orderic Vitalis alleges that Countess Agnes de Ribemont, widow of Walter Giffard Earl of Buckingham, fell in love with Duke Robert, had a son by him, and states that he believed Agnes poisoned Robert's wife Sibylle, although he does not directly attribute blame for her murder[273] Both Robert of Torigny and Orderic Vitalis suggest Sibylle was actually murdered by a cabal of noblewomen who were in favor of the Duke's mistress, the widow Countess Agnes Giffard. After Sybylle died, the marriage between Sibylle and Duke Robert was annulled posthumously.

Above source unknown

From Medlands:

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Orderic Vitalis alleges that Agnes de Ribemont, wife of Walter Giffard Earl of Buckingham, fell in love with Duke Robert, and states that the latter's wife was poisoned soon after although he does not directly attribute blame for her murder[277]. The necrology of Saint-Nicaise de Meulan records the death "XII Kal Apr" of "Sibilla comitissa Normannie"[278], although if this refers to Sibylle de Conversano it is not clear why she was not called "ducissa". It is unlikely that the entry refers to Robert's daughter-in-law Sibylle d'Anjou as she was Ctss of Flanders when she died.

No conclusion that she had a son by Duke Robert. WILLIAM, LORD OF TORTOSA is the illegitimate son of Agnes and Robert. William, Lord of Tortosa was the 4th child of Duke Robert and a grandson of William the Conqueror.

PEDIGREE VIA WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR: WILLIAM I, 'the Conqueror' , Duke of Normandy (1035); King of England (1066), *c.1027/8 c.1050, Matilda of Flanders * c.1032, +2.11.1083 at Caen, Normandy, d. of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders and Adela of France.

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR'S ELDEST SON: A1. Robert 'Curthose', Duke of Normandy (1087-1106), * c.1052/4, + c.15.2.1135 at Cardiff Castle, a prisoner of his brother, Henry, Md. 1100 at Apulia, Sicily, Sybilla of Conversano, + 1103 at Rouen, Normandy probably in childbirth, dau. of Geoffrey, Count of Conversano.

---------------------------------------- Duke Robert's wife Sybylle died in Lent 1103. Orderic attributes her death to poison, and implies that it was contrived by Agnes, the widow of Walter Giffard [see Gifarad, Walter], who, by promising Robert the enjoyment of her wealth and the support of her powerful kinsfolk, had induced him to promise in return that he would marry her, ‘and put the whole government of Normandy into her hands’ if his wife should die; a promise which his warfare with Henry left him no leisure to fulfil. William of Malmesbury says that Sibyl died from bad nursing after the birth of a child; if so, the infant did not survive her.

The known offspring of Robert's marriage to Sibylle was William ‘the Clito,’ born in 1101 (Ord. Vit. l. x. c. 16, ed. Le Prévost, iv. 98; cf. l. xii. c. 24, ib. 402). In 1128 Robert, then in prison at Devizes, dreamed that a lance-thrust deprived him of the use of his right arm. ‘Alas! my son is dead,’ he said on awaking; and the dream was quickly followed by the news of his first-born son William's death from just such a wound, received in a skirmish in Flanders (July).

Robert had a natural daughter who married, in 1089, Elias of Saint-Saëns.

Duke Robert also two natural younger sons, William and Richard, born during the years when he was in rebellion against his father. These boys were brought up by their mother Agnes in her home on the French border till they reached manhood, when she brought them to Normandy, presented them to the duke as his sons, and by successfully undergoing the ordeal of hot iron compelled him to acknowledge them as such.

The Duke's son, Richard was accidentally shot dead in the New Forest in May 1100.

The Duke of Normandy's son William (by Agnes) went with Tinchebray on a Crusade to the Holy Land (Ord. Vit. l. x. c. 13). In August 1108 King Baldwin I entrusted William with the command of two hundred horse and five hundred on foot, with which he captured a noble Arabian lady and her train, consisting of a number of youths and maidens, four thousand camels, and other spoil, with a loss of only two men of importance on his own side (Albert, l. x. c. 47). In 1110. William won and held the lordship of Tortosa, and was one of the princes who mustered at Antioch in September to defend it against the Turks (ib. l. xi. c. 40). He died shortly afterwards in battle with the infidels (Ord. Vit. 1. x. c. 13).

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CHILDREN OF ROBERT, DUKE OF NORMANDY:

B1. William 'Clito', Count of Flanders (1127), * 1101 at Rouen, Normandy, + 27.7.1128 at the Abbey of St. Bertin, St. Omer, France of wounds received at the battle of Alost, Md.1) 1123 (annulled 1124), Sybilla of Anjou, *c.1112, + 1165, d. of Fulk V, Count of Anjou; Md.2) Jan. 1128, Joan of Montferrat, dau. Of Ranieri, Marquess of Montferrat.

B2. Henry of Normandy, * 1102, + Killed while hunting in the New Forest (year unknown).

B3. Illegitimate Richard of Normandy, + 1100, Killed in the New Forest.

B4. Illegitimate William of Normandy, Lord of Tortosa, +1110, Killed at the Battle of Jerusalem. Son of the widowed Countess Agnes, mistress of Duke Robert.

B5. A Daughter, Md. Helias of Saint-Saens, Count of Arques.

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Agnes Giffard, Countess's Timeline

1055
1055
France
1070
1070
Longueville, Normandy, France
1100
1100
Age 30
1114
1114
Age 44
Blanchland,North,Hampshire,England
1993
September 25, 1993
Age 923
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