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    by Janet McNeilly  © 2002

22 August 2014

Simon de I Senlis (St Liz)

Simon I de Senlis (St Liz or Senliz) was born c1060, the son of Laudri de Senlis and Ermengarde.

In 1098 he was captured during the Vexin campaign of King William Rufus and was subsequently ransomed. He witnessed King Henry I’s charter of liberties issued at his coronation in 1100. He attested royal charters in England from 1100-03, 1106-07, and 1109-11. Sometime in the period, 1093-1100, he and his wife, Maud, founded the Priory of St. Andrew’s, Northampton. He witnessed a grant of King Henry I to Bath Abbey 8 August 1111 at Bishop’s Waltham, as the king was crossing to Normandy. Simon de Senlis, Earl of Northampton and Huntingdon, subsequently went abroad and died at La Charité-sur-Loire, and was buried there in the new priory church. The date of his death is uncertain, some sources state c1111.

He married Maud of Huntingdon, daughter of Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, Northampton, and Huntingdon, by Judith, daughter of Lambert, Count of Lens and they had the following children-

bulletSimon II de Senlis 1105-1154. Married Isabel de Beaumont, daughter of Robert de Beaumont and Amice de Gael and Montfort. Their daughter,Isabel married William de Mauduit.
bulletWaltheof of Melrose
bulletMaud de Senlis - married Robert Fitzrichard and then Saire de Quincy. Maud and Saire were my 26x great grandparents.


Simon de Senlis was featured in Alan Moore's book "Voice of the Fire" as the main character of the chapter "Limping to Jersusalem" and in "The Winter Mantle", a historical novel by Elizabeth Chadwick.



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