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Gilbert de Venables

Birthdate: (97)
Birthplace: Venables, Eure, Upper Normandy, France
Death: 1072 (93-101)
Kinderton, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Odo I, count of Blois and Berthe de Bourgogne, Reine consort de France
Father of Gilbert de Venables
Brother of Robert de Caineis; Thibaut de Blois; Eudes/Odo II, Count of Blois, Champagne and Chartres; Grimolt( Grimould) de Plessis; Agnès (Aénor, Aldéarde) de Blois and 1 other
Half brother of Adela Capet

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About Gilbert de Venables

A modern interpretation

Exactly who fought at Hastings has been the interest of many academics for centuries. Many Anglo-Norman families have claimed descent from an ancestor who supposedly fought at the great battle but few can show proof of this. Beyond the trifling 20-40 identified, depending on which source, the participants will remain unknown forever. However, the chroniclers insist that there was a wide ranging recruitment of auxiliary troops, the clear importance of ducal loyalty and Norman government as well as those Normans who migrated from the original base. (Keats-Rohan, 1999 p.9) The Foundation of Medieval Genealogy acknowledges the fifteen commanders named by William of Poitiers (circa 1073-1074) who fought at Hastings and another five possible names from those identified by Odericus Vitalis Angligena.

In addition to the commentary of Master Robert Wace, the medieval poet-chronicler of Le roman de Rou, written in 1160, There are three lists of those who allegedly fought at Hastings:

The Battle Abbey Roll The Dives Roll; and The Falaise Rolls. Within this information, there is much on-going debate as to reliability and validity of the evidence of who actually fought with William, who provided materials and men, who remained in Normandy to maintain the peace and who ventured to England after the Conquest. However, Keats-Rohan argues that the Chronicles were concerned, apparently, with auxiliary troops, composed of well-born and led by nobles, rather than mercenaries. (Keats-Rohan, 1999 p.30) Though named on all three Rolls, there is no written evidence that Gilbert de Venables came with the Conqueror.

posted by Walter G. Ashworth 27th Great grandson

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Gilbert de Venables's Timeline

Venables, Eure, Upper Normandy, France
Age 25
Venables, Normandy, France
Age 97
Cheshire, England