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GEOFFREY V "le Bon" PLANTAGENET ap FOULQUES V


Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy

BIRTH: 24 Aug 1113 in Le Mans, Anjou, France
DEATH: 7 Sep 1151 in Chateau, Eure-Et-Loire, France
BURIED: St. Julian's Church, Le Mans, Anjou, France
FATHER: Foulques V Le Jeune Anjou - BIRTH: 1092 in Anjou, France
MOTHER: Ermengarde verch Elias - BIRTH: 1096 in Maine), Anjou, France

FIRST MISTRESS: Adelaide of ANGERS - BIRTH: 1105 in Anjou, Anjou, France

CHILD:

1. PLANTAGENET, Hamelin of Anjou - BIRTH: 1130 in Anjou, Anjou, France


FIRST MARRIAGE: 1127 Matilda verch Henry BEAUCLERK I - BIRTH: 7 Feb 1102 in London, Middlesex, England

CHILDREN:

2. PLANTAGENET, Henry II 'Curtmantle' - BIRTH: 5 Mar 1133 in Le Mans, Anjou, France

3. PLANTAGENET, Geoffrey VI 'Mantell' - BIRTH: 3 Jun 1134 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France
DEATH: 27 Jul 1157 in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France
(After returning home from Paris with Henry, Geoffrey became ill and died)

4. PLANTAGENET, Guillaume - BIRTH: 22 Jul 1136 in Argentan, Orne, Basse Normandy, France
DEATH: 30 Jan 1164 in Rouen, Sein-Maritime, Normandy, France

SECOND MISTRESS: (Unknown)

CHILDREN:

5. PLANTAGENET, Mary - BIRTH: 1141 in Anjou, Anjou, France - DIED; 1216 in Shaftesbury.
(She became a nun and Abbess of Shaftesbury and was possibly the poetess Marie de France.)

6. PLANTAGENET, Emma - BIRTH: Abt 1142


Geoffrey V (August 24, 1113 – September 7, 1151), Count of Anjou and Maine, and later Duke of Normandy, called Le Bel ("The Fair") - "Geoffrey Plantagenet", was the father of King Henry II of England. The story is told that while disguised in battle and to make himself known to his followers, he leaned from his horse and grasped a sprig of "plante de genet", the common broom corn, and thrust it in his helmet. Thus the founder of the Plantagenet Dynasty.

King Henry I of England heard good reports on Geoffrey's talents and prowess so he negotiated a marriage between Geoffrey and his daughter, Matilda. Her first husband, Heinrich V of the Holy Roman Empire had died in 1125. Both parties agreed, and Geoffrey who was only 15 years old, was knighted in Rouen by King Henry. Geoffrey nd Matilda married during Pentecost 1127. Peace between England, Normandy and Anjou was to be sealed by this marriage.

Matilda was 11 years older than Geoffrey and had previously been married. This surely must have been a part of their rocky marriage and Matilda went left him for a while but they reunited in 1131.

Geoffrey became Count of Anjou when his father left for Jerusalem where he was to become King. Geoffrey was described as bening handsom, red-headed, jovial and a great warror as well as sometimes cold and selfish. King Henry I died in 1135 and Matilda was his heir. However it took her some time to enter at once Normandy to claim her inheritance. The border districts then submitted to her, but the barons of England Stephen of Blois as King (her cousin) breaking a vow previously made that she would be the heir. Normandy soon followed suit.

Geoffrey gave Ambrieres, Gorron, and Chatilon-sur-Colmont to Juhel de Mayenne, and he was to help obtain the inheritance for Geoffrey's wife. Matilda landed in England with 140 knights in 1141 but she was attacked at Arundel Castle by King Stephen. Stephen was captured at Lincoln in February 1141. Then he was declared deposed and Matilda was proclaimed "Lady of the English. Stephen then was let out of Prison and he became King again.

Geoffrey secured all of Normandy west and south of the Seine during 1142 and 1143. In the summer of 1144, he assumed the title of Duke of Normandy in the summer of 1144 and founded an Augustine priory at Chateau-l'Ermitage in Anjou. In 1149, Geoffrey and Matilda ceded the duchy to their son Henry II and it was formally ratified by King Louis VII of France.

In 1153, the Treaty of Westminster allowed Stephen to remain King of England for life and Henry, the son of Geoffrey and Matilda should succeed him. Geoffrey died suddenly at the age of forty-one on September 7, 1151. John of Marmoutier states that Geoffrey was stricken with fever while returning from a royal council. When he arrived at Château-du-Loir, he collapsed on a couch. He then made bequests of gifts and charities, and died. He was buried at St. Julien's in Le Mans France.

The first reference to Norman heraldry was in 1128, when Henry I of England knighted his son-in-law Geoffrey and granted him a badge of gold lions (or leopards) on a blue background. (A gold lion may already have been Henry's own badge.) Henry II used two gold lions and two lions on a red background are still part of the arms of Normandy. Henry's son, Richard I, added a third lion to distinguish the arms of England.

SOURCES:

Plantagenet Fmily Genealogy: Our Folk - by Albert D. Hart, Jr.
http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/htm/plantagenet.htm

The David-Bean Trees - Person Page 32: kerrysdavis.home.comcast.net/p32.htm

Plantagenet I = http://www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/british/pp/plantagenet1.htm

Maximilian Genealogy: http://www.peterwestern.f9.co.uk/maximilia/pafg61.htm

House of Plantagenet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantagenet

The Peerage.com - Baldwin de Boulogne and others: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10205.htm

Count Geoffrey V. "LeBon" - "The Handsome"
http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/charts/plantagenet-plantagent.htm

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