About Gherbod The Fleming Earl of 1st Earl of Chester, Earl Of Chester
GERBOD (-after 22 Feb 1071). William I King of England granted the city of Chester and large areas surrounding it to Gerbod, avoué of the abbey of St Bertin in Flanders, in early 1070, whereby he is considered to have been created Earl of Chester. According to Orderic Vitalis, Gerbod was "continually molested by the English and Welsh alike". He returned to Flanders where he fought and was captured at the battle of Cassel 22 Feb 1071.