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Ebles I de Roucy, Comte Rheims and Roucy, Archbishop of Rheims

Also Known As: "Elbo", "Eblo I /De Rheims/", "Count of Reims I /Ebles/"
Birthplace: Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France
Death: Died in Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Place of Burial: Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, Macon, Loire, Rhone-Alpes, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebles d'Aquitaine and N.N. (possibly Judith) de Mâcon, [dau of Aubri II and Ermentrude
Husband of Beatrice de Roucy de Hainault and Béatrix de Hainaut
Father of Adelaide de Roucy, comtesse de Montdidier; Hedwige de Roucy; Arthur de Roucy; William De Roucy; Nicholas Unknown, I,Of Rumigny and 1 other
Brother of Lietaud I, seigneur de Marle; Judith de Roucy, Comtesse de Rethel and Eudes de Roucy "le Fort", seigneur de Rumigny

Occupation: Conde de Roucy, Greve og erkebiskop, COUNT OF ROUCY AND RHEIMS, ARCHBISHOP OF RHEIMS, Count of Roucy, Comte, de Reims, de Roucy, Sieur, de Marle, Vidame, Archevêque, Count of Rheims and Roucy
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About Ebles I, Count of Roucy

His parentage has been the subject of much discussion and dispute, with many conflicting interpretations. Ebles and his apparent siblings (Eudes/Odo "the Strong", Lietard de Marle, and Jutta Countess of Rethel) have long been posited as children of Gislebert de Roucy because of inheritance of the Count of Roucy title. However, recent scholarship by Jean-Noel Mathieu (20000; see Todd Farmerie's summary, below) problematizes this model and presents an alternative which places these four instead as children of Eudes of Poitou and an unnamed daughter of Aubri II de Macon and Ermentrude.

From: "Todd A. Farmerie" <farmerie@interfold.com> Subject: Mathieu: Parentage of Ebles, Count of Roucy Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 16:28:09 -0700

Jean-Noel Mathieu, La succession au comte de Roucy aux environs de l'an mil. Les origines de l'archeveque de Reims Ebles (1021-1033). in Onomastique et Parente dans l'Occident medieval, K.S.B. Keats-Rohan and C. Settipani, eds., (2000) pp. 75-84.

In 967, Renaud, Count of Roucy died, leaving four children: Bruno, Gislebert, Ermentrude, and another daughter, name unknown, who married Fromond II of Sens. Bruno (a name which by this time seemed to mark those destined for the church) became Bishop of Langres, while Gislebert succeeded his father as Count of Roucy, dying about 1000. At this time (in fact, for a period before) Roucy passes into a period of obscurity, which only resolves with the appearance of Ebles, Count of Roucy, in the 1020s, who was likewise made Archbishop of Reims. Ebles has traditionally been placed in a direct line of succession, viewed as son of Gislebert, but Gislebert is not known to have married or had children, while several other factors raise red flags (i.e. the name Ebles has no prior exemplar in this family, the time from the death of Renaud to the appearance of Ebles seems long for only one intervening generation). This leads Mathieu to conclude that Ebles was not son of Gislebert, and came about his title through a less direct route.

Ebles' family consisted of a brother, Eudes, known from contemporary documents, and two siblings, Letaud of Marle and Jutta, wife of Manasses of Rethel found in an ancient genealogical source from Foigny. (Jutta is not discussed further, but while Ebles apparently d. 1033, Manasses was not even active until 1066, and was still living in 1081 - the chronology doesn't work, so there must be some sort of error here, as others have pointed out). This gives us a group of names, Ebles, Eudes, and Letaud (leaving out Jutta because of the chronological difficulties) that can be useful in identifying their kinship. Also of use are the titles themselves. Rumigny, Coucy (in the hands of the maternal grandson of Letaud, and thought to have come through this line) and Reims itself have links to the Blois counts, and specifically the descendants of Thibaud with Liegarde of Vermandois. This is where the data ends, and the hypotheses begin.

The name Ebles appears prominantly only in the family of Ebles Manzer, Count of Poitou. His grandson William II (IV), Count of Poitou, married Emma, sister of Eudes I, Count of Blois and son of Thibaud and Liegarde, so a descent from this marriage would seemingly explain not only the names Ebles and Eudes, but also the descent of some of the smaller holdings of the family. The chronology is a bit of a challenge because of the multiple marriages and children of William III (V), but it would seem that Ebles Count of Roucy would belong in the generation of his grandchildren, and a possible candidate for his father is an Ebles, brother of Count William III, who is known from only one document dating from the reign on Robert II of France.

Such a solution leaves unaddressed the succession to Roucy itself, as well as the name Letaud, and so provisionally accepting Eudes as father, we turn to the maternal lineage. The most obvious earlier occurance for Letaud is the father of Count Aubri of Macon. This man married a woman named Ermentrude, and from an early date, she has been identified with the daughter of Renaud de Roucy, and subsequent wife of Otto-William, Count of Burgundy. However, recently it has been argued that there are difficulties with this identification, mostly chronological. However, a closer look shows that these problems can be resolved, and an early source specifically states that the widow of Aubri married William, and from this marriage came Otto, Count of Macon. Thus it would seem that the name Letaud and the Roucy inheritance would have been united in a child of the marriage of Aubri II with Ermentrude de Roucy.

(As an aside, this resolution of the chronological difficulties with identifying Ermentrude as wife both of Aubri and Otto-William requires the supposition that Aubri married twice, and that Beatrice, wife of Geoffrey of Gatinais, ancestress of the Anjou Counts, must have been by the earlier wife. The author hypothesizes that she may have been a sister of Hugh Capet. While not explained, the reasoning would seem to be based on the name Beatrice, a name found in that family since Robert (I) married Beatrice of Vermandois. Other writings in the same compilation add a generation, making Beatrice daughter of Aubri by a daughter of Geoffrey, Vicomte of Orleans, who in turn is made brother-in-law, of Hugh Capet.)

By hypothesizing a marriage between Eudes of Poitou and a daughter of Aubri II and Ermentrude, Mathieu brings together the various names, Ebles, Eudes and Letaud, with the various titles, Rumigny, Coucy, Reims, and most importantly Roucy. (It would also recapitulate a common pattern, in which brothers William and Ebles of Poitou married half-sisters daughters of Ermentrude.) The solution is not without problems - most importantly, Ebles and his wife Beatrice of Hainaut would both be great-grandchildren of William I (III) (assuming the correct identification of Adelaide, wife of Hugh Capet). Mathieu suggests that this marriage, which produced just two daughters, may have been ended in premature separation due to consanginity.

That, then, is the Mathieu hypothesis.

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Ebles I, de Roucy , Count of Reims

M, b. circa 994, d. 11 May 1033

Last Edited 20 Sep 2006

Marriage* Ebles I, de Roucy , Count of Reims married Bâeatrice, Countess of Hainault, daughter of Rainier IV, Count de Hainault and Adwige (Avoise) Capet Princess of France.

Birth* Ebles I, de Roucy , Count of Reims was born circa 994 in Roucy, Aisne, France.

Death* He died on 11 May 1033.


Bâeatrice, Countess of Hainault b. circa 998, d. 11 May 1033


   * Avice (Avoise) de Roucy b. c 1002, d. a 1070
   * Alice (Adela) de Roucy+ b. c 1014, d. 1063


Ebles I of Roucy (died 11 May 1033) was count of Roucy from 1000 to 1033 and archbishop of Reims from 1021 to 1033. His father was Giselbert, Count of Roucy and Reims.

Catholic Church titles

Preceded by

Arnulf Archbishop of Reims

1021–1033 Succeeded by

Guy of Roucy

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Ebles de Turenne, died Abt. 1030. He was the son of 32. Archembaud of Comdorn and 33. Sulpice de Turenne. He married 17. Beatrix of Normandy 988.

17. Beatrix of Normandy, born Aft. 985. She was the daughter of 34. Richard of Normandy I and 35. Gunnora Haraldsdatter of Denmark.

Child of Ebles de Turenne and Beatrix Normandy is:

8 i. William de Turenne, married Matilda ?.


Ebles was also called Graf von Roucy Ebalus I von Roucy German.

Ebles I, comte de Reims & de Roucy, married Beatrix de Hainaut, daughter of Régnier IV, comte de Hainaut and Adwige de France, before 1013. They were divorced after 1015.

See "My Lines"

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p338.htm#i7073 )

from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/index.htm ) -------------------- Ebles I Comte de Rheims & Roucy 1 2

Born: 988 in Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France

Died: 11 MAY 1033 in Reims, Marne, Champagne, France 3

Buried: Archbishop of Rheims 3

Father: Giselbert Comte de Roucy, & Rheims b: ABT 951 in Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France

Mother: __________ de Macon b: ABT 970 in Macon, Saone-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France

Marriage 1 Beatrix of Hainault b: 992 in Hainault, France


Avise de Roucy b: ABT 1010 in Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France

Aelis de Roucy b: ABT 1012 in Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France

Alice (Alix\Adela) Countess de Roucy b: ABT 1014 in Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France


Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr., 1999

Page: 106-22

Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968

Page: 199

Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr., 1999

Page: 144a-22

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Ebles I, Count of Roucy's Timeline

Roucy, Aisne, Picardy, France
Age 6
[alternate birth date]
Age 12
Roucy, Aisne, France
- 1033
Age 12
Age 27
Roucy, Comté de Roucy (Present département de l'Aisne), (Present région Picardie), France
- 1033
Age 33
- May 11, 1033
Age 33
Age 34
Age 37
Montdidier, Somme, Picardy, France
May 11, 1033
Age 45
Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France