Emma de Dunstanville, of Cornwall (c.1136 - c.1208)

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Nicknames: "de Cornouailles"
Birthplace: of, Cornwall, England
Death: Died
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About Emma de Dunstanville, of Cornwall

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RENAUD [de Dunstanville], illegitimate son of HENRY I King of England & his mistress Sibyl Corbet ([1110/15]-Chertsey, Surrey 1 Jul [1175], bur Reading Abbey). He is named as son of King Henry by Orderic Vitalis[136]. The Chronicle of Gervase names "fratre suo Reginaldo comite Cornubiæ" as one of the main supporters of Matilda[137]. The Complete Peerage deduces his mother´s identity from the charter under which "Reginaldus, Henrici Regis filius, comes Cornubiæ" granted property to "Willielmo de Boterell, filio Aliziæ Corbet, materteræ meæ" which he had granted to "Willielmo de Boterells in Cornubia, patri…predicti Willielmi" on his marriage, witnessed by "Nicholao filio meo…Herberto filio Herberti, Baldwino et Ricardo nepotibus meis, Willelmo de Vernun, Willielmo fratre meo…Hugone de Dunstanvill…"[138]. His birth date range is estimated on the basis of his marriage in [1141]. According to Domesday Descendants[139], "de Dunstanville" was a label only attributed to him by Orderic Vitalis. He inherited large areas of land in Cornwall, by right of his wife, on his marriage and was created Earl of Cornwall in [Apr 1141] by his half-sister Empress Matilda, after successfully leading a rebellion in her favour in the West Country[140]. The title was later fully recognised by King Stephen. Earl Renaud was a witness to the treaty between King Stephen and Henry Plantagenet in 1153[141]. Sheriff of Devon 1173-1175. "Reginaldus, Henrici Regis filius, comes Cornubiæ" granted property to "Willielmo de Boterell, filio Aliziæ Corbet, materteræ meæ" which he had granted to "Willielmo de Boterells in Cornubia, patri…predicti Willielmi" on his marriage, by charter dated to [1163/75], witnessed by "Nicholao filio meo…Herberto filio Herberti, Baldwino et Ricardo nepotibus meis, Willelmo de Vernun, Willielmo fratre meo…Hugone de Dunstanvill…"[142]. The Chronicle of Gervase records the death "mense Decembrio 1175" of "Reginaldus comes Cornubiæ regi Henrici secundi avunculus" and his burial at Reading[143]. Benedict of Peterborough records the death "Paulo ante Natale Domini" of "Reginaldus comes Cornubiæ avunculus regis Angliæ" at "Certesam" and his burial at "Rediggas"[144]. It is uncertain whether the year is accurate as the 1176/77 Pipe Roll names "comes Reginaldus…de militibus suis de Cornubia et Deuonia" in Devonshire[145]. m ([1141]) BEATRICE FitzWilliam, daughter & heiress of WILLIAM FitzRichard FitzTurold Lord of Cardinham, Cornwall & his wife ---. The Gesta Stephani Regis records that "Willelmus filius Ricardi…[in] comitatus Cornubiensis" rebelled against King Stephen and married "filiam suam" to "Reinaldo filio regis Henrici", dated to [1140/42][146]. The primary source which confirms her name has not yet been identified. She is called Mabilia in Domesday Descendants[147]. Mistress (1): BEATRICE de Valle, daughter of ---. The primary source which confirms her parentage and relationship with Earl Renaud has not yet been identified. The Complete Peerage states that Dugdale "calls her Beatrice de Valle, says she was the mistress of Rainald Earl of Cornwall" and later the wife of William de Briwere, but does not cite a primary source on which this information is based[148]. The chronology does not appear to favour the subsequent marriage of the mistress of Earl Renaud to William de Briwere. The marriages of the latter´s children are recorded in the first decade of the 13th century, their births being therefore estimated to [1180/1195]. Even if Earl Renaud´s mistress gave birth to the earl´s illegitimate son in the last decade of his life (when he would have been in his sixties), it is unlikely that she could have continued bearing children into the mid-1190s. Richard Earl of Cornwall & his wife had [seven] children:

3. EMMA of Cornwall (-1208 or after, bur Abbaye de Clermont). "Guido Lavallensis dominus" relinquished the parish of la Gravelle to Marmoutier, with the advice of "fratris mei Hamonis, et uxoris mee Agathe et filiorum meorum Guidonis atque Sicilie", by charter dated to [1142/85][151]. "Agathe" in this document is an error for "Emma", as shown by the charter dated 1208 under which "Guido sextus dominus Lavallensis" ratified a donation by "patris mei" to the canons of "castellilo Lavallensi", witnessed by "…Emma matre mea, Hayoisia uxore mea…"[152]. "…Emme uxoris mee" consented to the donation by "Guido de Lavalle" to Sainte-Trinité de Fougères by charter dated 1180[153]. The primary source which confirms her parentage has not yet been identified. m GUY [V] Sire de Laval, son of GUY [IV] Sire de Laval & his wife Emma --- (-[18 Dec 1180/1185], bur Abbaye de Clermont).

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Emma de Dunstanville, of Cornwall's Timeline

1136
1136
of, Cornwall, England
1150
1150
Age 14
France
1170
1170
Age 34
Laval, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France
1208
1208
Age 72
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