Biography of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296

Paternal Family Tree: Lusignan

Maternal Family Tree: Helene du Donjon 1095-1189

1264 Battle of Lewes

1282 Battle of Llandeilo Fawr

On 24 Aug 1200 King John "Lackland" of England (age 33) and [his mother] Isabella of Angoulême Queen Consort England (age 12) were married at . She had been engaged to [his grandfather] Hugh Lusignan IX Count Lusignan (age 37) who subsequently appealed to King Philip II of France (age 35), their feudal overlord, who used the position to justify a war against John. The difference in their ages was 21 years. She the daughter of Aymer Angoulême I Count Angoulême (age 40) and Alice Courtenay Countess Angoulême. He the son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine Queen Consort Franks and England (age 78).

On 05 Nov 1219 [his grandfather] Hugh Lusignan IX Count Lusignan (age 56) died. His son [his father] Hugh Lusignan X Count Lusignan V Count La Marche (age 36) succeeded X Count Lusignan.

In 1247 William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 17) were married. He the son of Hugh Lusignan X Count Lusignan V Count La Marche (age 64) and Isabella of Angoulême Queen Consort England.

In 1247 William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke was created 1st Earl Pembroke. [his wife] Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 17) by marriage Countess Pembroke.

In 1250 [his daughter] Agnes Valence died.

Battle of Lewes

On 14 May 1264 the army of Simon de Montfort 6th Earl of Leicester 1st Earl Chester (age 56) including Gilbert "Red Earl" Clare 7th Earl Gloucester 6th Earl Hertford (age 20), Henry Hastings (age 29) and Nicholas Segrave 1st Baron Segrave (age 26) defeated the army of [his half-brother] King Henry III of England (age 56) during the Battle of Lewes at Lewes [Map].

King Henry III of England (age 56), his son, the future, King Edward "Longshanks" I of England (age 24), Humphrey Bohun 2nd Earl Hereford 1st Earl Essex (age 60), [his half-brother] Richard of Cornwall 1st Earl Cornwall (age 55), John "Red" Comyn 1st Lord Baddenoch (age 44), Philip Marmion 5th Baron Marmion (age 30) and John Giffard 1st Baron Giffard Brimpsfield (age 32) were captured. John Warenne 6th Earl of Surrey (age 33), John Balliol (age 56), Robert Bruce 5th Lord Annandale (age 49), Roger Leybourne (age 49) and William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke fought for the King. [his brother] Guy Lusignan was killed. Fulk IV Fitzwarin (age 44) drowned. Bishop Walter de Cantelupe (age 73) was present and blessed the Montfort army before the battle.

Around 1275 [his son] Aymer de Valence 2nd Earl Pembroke was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and [his wife] Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 45).

In Jan 1277 [his son] John Valence died.

Before 1282 [his son-in-law] John Hastings 13th Baron Bergavenny 1st Baron Hastings (age 19) and [his daughter] Isabel Valence Baroness Bergavenny Baroness Hastings were married. She by marriage Baroness Bergavenny Feudal Creation. She the daughter of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 51). He a great x 5 grandson of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England.

Battle of Llandeilo Fawr

On 17 Jun 1282 the army of Gilbert "Red Earl" Clare 7th Earl Gloucester 6th Earl Hertford (age 38) were ambushed by the Welsh at Llandeilo.

[his son] William "The Younger" Valence was killed.

Much of Gilbert Clare's (age 38) army of 1600 men was destroyed.

Before 1295 [his son] Aymer de Valence 2nd Earl Pembroke (age 20) and [his daughter-in-law] Béatrix de Clermont were married. He the son of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 64). She a great x 5 granddaughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England.

On 13 Jun 1296 William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke died or was killed at Bayonne [Map]. He was buried at the west side of the door to Chapel of St Edmund, Westminster Abbey [Map] where there is an altar-tomb of stone, surmounted by a broken sarcophagus, on which is a recumbent effigy of the earl. The figure is of wood, and was originally covered with copper-gilt, as was the chest on which it lies. An indulgence of one hundred days was granted to all devout people who should offer up prayers for his soul.

Effigy of William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke. WILLIAM DE VALENCE, son of [his father] Hugh de Brun, Earl of March, and half-brother by his mother, Isabel d'Angouleme, to Henry III, in 1247, came to England. Soon after his arrival he was with great state and solemnity knighted by the king at Westminster, who continuing to lavish favours on him and his brothers, and also giving himself too much to their counsels, the indignation and hatred of the barons was raised against them. In consequence William de Valence was obliged to quit the kingdom, but returning three or four years after, commanded in the king's army at the battle of Lewes, 1264. On seeing the day lost he fled to Pevensey, and from thence to France; but it appears he did not remain there any time, being at the battle of Evesham, 1265, which restored to Henry III. his regal authority. William de Valence, 10th of Edward I, 1283, was in the expedition against the Welsh, and in 1296 being at Bayonne, was there slain by the French.

His monument is composed of an altar tomb of stone, on which is raised a superstructure of oak, bearing the effigy of the deceased, formed of the same material: the whole of this wood-work was once covered with plates of copper enamelled and gilt; but of these splendid decorations, there is scarcely any thing left but what is to be found on the figure, which has also suffered in parts. The human form is rudely expressed, a costly display of materials and workmanship appears to have been the principal object of the artist who executed it; and it indeed gives a very high idea of the goldsmith's art at that early period. William de Valence is represented entirely in mail. On his head is a rich circle, once adorned with stones or glass, but the empty collets now only remain. The surcoat has been powdered with a number of little escutcheons bearing the arms of De Valence, only three of these are left; the situation and number of those gone may be easily traced. The rich lacing about the surcoat and arms, appears to have been used for the purpose of concealing the unsightly joinings of the plates which cover the figure. In the spurs it is remarkable that they have been fastened on with cloth, in form of straps of an extraordinary thickness; of these, as might be expected, but a small portion remains. The table of the tomb has been covered with a fret of the arms of England and De Valence; it is possible that on the raised border which surrounded it, was the inscription, perfect in Weever's time, who says, "about the verge or side of his monument these verses are inlayed with brasse."

On 20 Sep 1307 [his former wife] Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke (age 77) died. Her son [his son] Aymer de Valence 2nd Earl Pembroke (age 32) succeeded 2nd Earl Pembroke.

[his son] John Valence was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

[his daughter] Margaret Valence was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

[his daughter] Joan Valence Lady Baddenoch was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

[his daughter] Agnes Valence was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

[his son] William "The Younger" Valence was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

John Avesnes and [his daughter] Agnes Valence were married. She the daughter of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke. He the son of Bouchard Avesnes and Margaret II Countess Flanders. They were fourth cousins. He a great x 4 grandson of King William "Conqueror" I of England.

[his daughter] Isabel Valence Baroness Bergavenny Baroness Hastings was born to William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke.

John Hastings 2nd Earl Pembroke 1347 1375 Arms. Quartered 1&4 Hastings Arms 2&3 Valence Arms. Valence for his birthplace Sutton Valence Castle [Map], and was a great great grandson of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke. Source.

Hugh Balliol and [his daughter] Agnes Valence were married. She the daughter of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke and Joan Munchensi Countess Pembroke. He a great x 5 grandson of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England.

Royal Ancestors of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296

Kings Wessex: Great x 10 Grand Son of King Alfred "The Great" of Wessex

Kings Franks: Great x 12 Grand Son of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine I King Franks

Kings France: Great x 2 Grand Son of Louis "Fat" VI King France

Royal Descendants of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296

Queen Anne Boleyn of England x 1

Queen Jane Seymour x 1

Catherine Parr Queen Consort England x 1

Queen Catherine Howard of England x 1

Jane "Nine Days Queen" Grey I Queen England and Ireland x 2

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom x 91

Queen Consort Camilla Shand x 35

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 271

Catherine Middleton Princess of Wales x 1

Ancestors of William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296

Great x 2 Grandfather: Hugh Lusignan VIII Count Lusignan

Great x 3 Grandmother: Saracine Lezay Countess Lusignan and La Marche

Great x 1 Grandfather: Hugh Lusignan

Great x 3 Grandfather: Geoffroy de Rancon Taillebourg

Great x 2 Grandmother: Bourgogne Dame de Fontenay Taillebourg Countess Lusignan

GrandFather: Hugh Lusignan IX Count Lusignan

Father: Hugh Lusignan X Count Lusignan V Count La Marche

William de Valence 1st Earl Pembroke

Great x 4 Grandfather: Fulk Angoulême I Count Angoulême

Great x 3 Grandfather: William Angoulême V Count Angoulême

Great x 2 Grandfather: Wulfgrin Angoulême II Count Angoulême

Great x 3 Grandmother: Vitapoy Benauges Countess Angoulême

Great x 1 Grandfather: William "Taillefer" Angoulême VI Count Angoulême

Great x 2 Grandmother: Pontia La Marche Countess Angoulême

Great x 4 Grandfather: Aldebert La Marche II Count La Marche

Great x 3 Grandmother: Almodis La Marche

GrandFather: Aymer Angoulême I Count Angoulême

Mother: Isabella of Angoulême Queen Consort England

Great x 4 Grandfather: King Henry I of France

Great x 3 Grandfather: Philip "Amorous" I King France

Great x 4 Grandmother: Anne Rurik Queen Consort France

Great x 2 Grandfather: Louis "Fat" VI King France

Great x 4 Grandfather: Floris Gerulfing I Count Holland

Great x 3 Grandmother: Bertha Gerulfing Queen Consort France

Great x 4 Grandmother: Gertrude Billung Countess Holland

Great x 1 Grandfather: Peter Courtenay

Great x 4 Grandfather: Amadeus Savoy II Count Savoy

Great x 3 Grandfather: Humbert "Fat" Savoy II Count Savoy

Great x 2 Grandmother: Adelaide Savoy Queen Consort France

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Ivrea I Count Burgundy

Great x 3 Grandmother: Gisela Ivrea Countess Savoy

Great x 4 Grandmother: Ettiennette Countess Burgundy

GrandMother: Alice Courtenay Countess Angoulême

Great x 4 Grandfather: Joscelin Courtenay

Great x 3 Grandfather: Miles Courtenay

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elisabeth Montlhéry

Great x 2 Grandfather: Renaud Courtenay

Great x 3 Grandmother: Ermengarde of Nevers

Great x 4 Grandmother: Ida of Forez

Great x 1 Grandmother: Elizabeth Courtenay

Great x 2 Grandmother: Helene du Donjon