Biography of Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia -1096

Maternal Family Tree: Ermesinde of Carcassonne 975-1058

1071 Battle of Cassel

1075 Revolt of the Earls

Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia was born to William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford and Adelise Tosny Countess Hereford.

In 1067 [her father] William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford (age 47) was created 1st Earl Hereford.

In 1068 Ralph "Staller" Gael 1st Earl East Anglia (age 57) died. His son [her future husband] Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia (age 26) succeeded 2nd Earl Norfolk and Suffolk aka East Anglia.

Before 1071 [her father] William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford (age 51) and [her mother] Adelise Tosny Countess Hereford were married. She by marriage Countess Hereford. She the daughter of Roger "The Spaniard" Tosny and Adelaide or Godehildis Ramon.

Battle of Cassel

On 22 Feb 1071 Battle of Cassel was fought between uncle Robert "The Frisian" I Count Flanders (age 38) and nephew Arnulf III Count Flanders (age 16), supported by his mother Richilde Countess Flanders and Hainault and Philip "Amorous" I King France (age 18), over the succession of Flanders.

Arnulf III Count Flanders (age 16) was killed. His brother Baldwin Flanders II Count Hainault (age 15) succeeded II Count Hainault. Robert "The Frisian" I Count Flanders (age 38) was appointed I Count Flanders.

[her father] William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford (age 51) was killed. His son [her brother] Roger de Breteuil Fitzosbern 2nd Earl Hereford succeeded 2nd Earl Hereford.

Eustace Flanders II Count Boulogne (age 56) and his son Eustace Flanders III Count Boulogne fought for Robert. During the battle Robert "The Frisian" I Count Flanders (age 38) and Richilde Countess Flanders and Hainault were captured, and subsequently exchanged for each other.

In 1075 Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia (age 33) and Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia were married at Exning. She the daughter of William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford and Adelise Tosny Countess Hereford. He the son of Ralph "Staller" Gael 1st Earl East Anglia.

Revolt of the Earls

Flowers of History. 1075. Queen Edith (age 49) died on the fifth of April. The same year, king William (age 47) gave the daughter of [her father] William, the son of Osbert, to [her husband] earl Radolph (age 33), as his wife, and gave him also the government of Norfolk and Suffolk. This Radolph was of British extraction, on his mother's side, and his father was an Englishman. He was born in Norfolk, and there he celebrated his marriage, which was the cause of destruction to many persons. At that wedding there were present [her brother] earl Roger and earl Waltheof; and many bishops and abbots; and they took counsel how to expel king William (age 47) from his kingdom. And this speedily became known to the king, who was in Normandy, and immediately the king returned to England, and took Waltheof, and Roger, who was his own kinsman, and threw them into prison. As to the rest who were present at the wedding, he deferred his determination.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 1075. This year King William (age 47) gave [her husband] Earl Ralph (age 33) the daughter of William Fitz-Osborne to wife. This same Ralph (age 33) was British on his mother's side; but his father, whose name was also Ralph, was English; and born in Norfolk. The king (age 47) therefore gave his son the earldom of Norfolk and Suffolk; and he then led the bride to Norwich [Map]. There was that bride-ale The source of man's bale. There was [her brother] Earl Roger, and Earl Waltheof, and bishops, and abbots; who there resolved, that they would drive the king (age 47) out of the realm of England. But it was soon told the king (age 47) in Normandy how it was determined. It was Earl Roger and Earl Ralph (age 33) who were the authors of that plot; and who enticed the Britons to them, and sent eastward to Denmark after a fleet to assist them. Roger went westward to his earldom, and collected his people there, to the king's (age 47) annoyance, as he thought; but it was to the great disadvantage of himself. He was however prevented. Ralph (age 33) also in his earldom would go forth with his people; but the castlemen that were in England and also the people of the land, came against him, and prevented him from doing anything. He escaped however to the ships at Norwich [Map].97 And his wife was in the castle; which she held until peace was made with her; when she went out of England, with all her men who wished to join her. The king (age 47) afterwards came to England, and seized Earl Roger, his relative, and put him in prison. And Earl Waltheof went over sea, and bewrayed himself; but he asked forgiveness, and proffered gifts of ransom. The king (age 47), however, let him off lightly, until he98 came to England; when he had him seized. Soon after that came east from Denmark two hundred ships; wherein were two captains, Cnute Swainson, and Earl Hacco; but they durst not maintain a fight with King William (age 47). They went rather to York, and broke into St. Peter's minster, and took therein much treasure, and so went away. They made for Flanders over sea; but they all perished who were privy to that design; that was, the son of Earl Hacco, and many others with him. This year died the Lady Edgitha (age 49), who was the relict of King Edward, seven nights before Christmas, at Winchester; and the king (age 47) caused her to be brought to Westminster with great pomp; and he laid her with King Edward, her lord. And the king (age 47) was then at Westminster, at midwinter; where all the Britons were condemned who were at the bride-ale at Norwich. Some were punished with blindness; some were driven from the land; and some were towed to Scandinavia. So were the traitors of King William (age 47) subdued.

Note 97. Whence he sailed to Bretagne, according to Flor. S. Dunelm, etc.; but according to Henry of Huntingdon he fled directly to Denmark, returning afterwards with Cnute and Hacco, who invaded England With a fleet of 200 sail.

Note 98. i.e. Earl Waltheof.

In 1075 three Earls joined in rebellion against King William "Conqueror" I of England (age 47). The three Earls were: [her brother] Roger de Breteuil Fitzosbern 2nd Earl Hereford, [her husband] Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia (age 33) and Waltheof Northumbria 1st Earl of Northampton 1st Earl Huntingdon. The ostensible cause of their rebellion was William's (age 47) the marriage of Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia, daughter of [her father] William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford, with Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia (age 33). Possibly to do with she being Norman and he being British/English.

Roger de Breteuil Fitzosbern 2nd Earl Hereford forfeit Earl Hereford and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Around 1096 [her husband] Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia (age 54) died. Earl Norfolk and Suffolk aka East Anglia extinct.

After 1096 Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia died.

[her son] Raoul Gael was born to Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia and Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia.

[her son] William de Gael Gael was born to Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia and Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia.

Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia succeeded Earl East Anglia. Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia by marriage Countess East Anglia.

[her son] Alain Gael was born to Ralph de Gael 2nd Earl East Anglia and Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia.

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Ancestors of Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia -1096

GrandFather: Osbern the Steward

Father: William Fitzosbern 1st Earl Hereford

Emma Fitzosbern Countess East Anglia

Mother: Adelise Tosny Countess Hereford

Great x 1 Grandfather: Ramon Borrell Count of Barcelona

GrandMother: Adelaide or Godehildis Ramon

Great x 2 Grandfather: Roger I of Carcasonne

Great x 1 Grandmother: Ermesinde of Carcassonne