Ralf Earl of Yvery & Baieux
Sprota "noble maiden"
Spouse: (1) William Longesword, Duke of Normandy husband "in the Viking fashion" died 942 (2) Asperleng / Esperleng a Norman, the wealthy miller of Vaudreuil, Sprota married after the death of Longespere
Children: children of (1) Richard I; children of (2) Ralf / Ralph / Rodulf; several daughters who married Norman magnates
Ralf / Ralph / Rodulf / Rodolf the Earl / Count of Yvery/Ivri/Ivry and Baieux, crushed the Peasant Revolt with horrible cruelty
Spouse: Albereda / Alberade / Aubree built the famous castle of Ivri, "a lady of great beauty but of Qualities which disgraced her Person for being of a violent and furious a Temper", born in the Calcine Territory; Ralf put her to death after she beheaded the architect of Ivry so he could not design such a beautiful castle again
Children: Albereda, coheir & eldest daughter, married Osbernus Crepon, Standard-Bearer of Normandy; Daughter & coheir; (the lords of Beaufou descended from Rodolf's daughters); Hugh Bishop of Bayeux; John Bishop of Avranches
Daughter and coheir of Ralf the Earl of Yvery and Baieux
Spouse: Richard de BELLOFAGO or Beaufou
Children: Richard; Henry, heir, remained in Normandy
The Manors of Suffolk: The hundreds of Babergh and Blackbourn By Walter Arthur Copinger, Harold BernardCopinger: Hugh de Montfort ... was present at the battle of Hastings 20 years before the [Domesday] Survey and must have been then a good age as at the eventful battle he had the command of the horse. Indeed it is known that in 1054 he had greatly distinguished himself by his conduct in Normandy when the great army with which King Henry I of France invaded Normandy was defeated at Mortemer. He had supplied the Conqueror with 50 ships and sixty knights, and in the Battle of Hastings he and the Seigneur de Vieuxpont gallantly rescued William Malet who had his horse killed under him and would have been slain himself but for their timely aid. They lost many of their people but succeeded in protecting Malet and mounting him on a fresh horse. His high character and the confidence placed in his abilities is shown by the fact that he was one of the three barons to whom the Conqueror, when he visited Normandy in 1067, entrusted the administration of justice in England. The family were a family of warriors and the father of this Domesday tenant lost his life in a duel with Walkelin de Ferrieres. In fact both the combatants lost their lives in the same affray and on the same day Hugh de Montfort, the tenant in chief, received in reward for his services in the conquest sixteen manors in Essex, nineteen in Norfolk, twenty eight in Kent, and the large number of fifty-one in Suffolk besides a considerable proportion of Romney Marsh. He married a daughter of Richard de Bellofago by a daughter of the Count of Ivri and was, therefore, niece of John Archbishop of Rouen, of Hugh Bishop of Bayeux and of the wife of Osbern de Crepon. By her he had two sons Hugh and Robert and by a second wife he had a daur Alice who on the death of her half brothers without issue inherited the family estates. Hugh de Montfort became a monk in the Abbey of Bee and probably died shortly after the Domesday Survey. His 2nd son Robert was commander in chief of the Norman army in Maine in 1099 and joined the Crusade under Bohemund in 1107. Alice, the daughter of Hugh de Montfort, married Gilbert de Gant son of Baldwin VI count of Flanders and consequently nephew of Queen Matilda. Their son Hugh de Gant assumed the name of Montfort and was called Hugh the Fourth. He married Adeline daughter of Robert Count of Mellent and had a son Robert de Montfort who died without issue. The Montfort arms were Bendy of ten Or and Azure.The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its ..., Volume 1: But the larger part of the Norman nobility derived their origin from the amours or doubtful marriages of the Norman Dukes. Not only their own children but all the kinsfolk of their wives or mistresses were carefully promoted by ducal grants or by advantageous marriages. Thus Sprota the mother of Richard the Fearless during the troubles of her son's early reign married one Asperleng a rich miller. From this marriage sprang Rudolf Count of Ivry a mighty man in the reign of his nephew and also several daughters who were of course well disposed of in marriage. Richard himself whose marriage with Emma of Paris was childless was the father of a large illegitimate or offspring. /// William Longsword left one son Richard surnamed the Fearless born of a Breton mother Sprota who stood as we have seen to Duke William in that doubtful position in which she might in different mouths be called an honourable matron a concubine or a harlot. /// So Williamm Popa's sonm put away Sprota, the mother of his son Richard, when he married Liudgardis of Vermandois. This strange laxity with regard to marriage though spoken of as something specially Danish was in truth hardly more Danish than Frankish.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Sprota was the name of a Breton captive who William I, Duke of Normandy took as a wife in the Viking fashion and by her had a son, Richard I, Duke of Normandy. After the death of her husband William, she became the wife of Esperleng and mother of Rodulf of Ivry. The first mention of her is by Flodoard of Reims and although he doesn't name her he identifies her under the year  as the mother of "William’s son [Richard] born of a Breton concubine". Her Breton origins could mean she was of Celtic, Scandinavian, or Frankish origin, the latter being the most likely based on her name spelling. Elisabeth van Houts wrote "on this reference rests the identification of Sprota, William Longsword’s wife 'according to the Danish custom', as of Breton origin". The first to provide her name was William of Jumièges The irregular nature (as per the Church) of her relationship with William served as the basis for her son by him being the subject of ridicule, the French King Louis abused the boy with bitter insults", calling him "the son of a whore who had seduced another woman's husband."At the time of the birth of her first son Richard, she was living in her own household at Bayeux, under William's protection. William, having just quashed a rebellion at Pré-de Bataille (c.936), received the news by a messenger that Sprota had just given birth to a son; delighted at the news William ordered his son to be baptized and given the personal name of Richard. William's steward Boto became the boy's godfather. After the death of William Longsword and the captivity of her son Richard, she had been 'collected' from her dangerous situation by the 'immensely wealthy' Esperleng. Robert of Torigni identified Sprota's second husband as Esperleng, a wealthy landowner who operated mills at Pitres. By William I ‘Longsword’ she was the mother of: Richard I, Duke of Normandy By Esperling of Vaudreuil she was the mother of Rodulf, Count of Ivry & several daughters who married Norman magnates.
A genealogical history of the house of Yvery, in its different ..., Volume 2: The House of Ivery here mentioned is deduced From Asperleng a Norman of immense Riches who marrying Sprota the Widow of William Longspere Duke of Normandy, the Son of Rollo and Daughter as it is said of Hubert and Sister of Bernard Count of Senlis. By her he had a Son named Ralf who being of so noble an Extraction and half Brother to Richard Duke of Normandy and equally eminent For his Courage and great Qualities was the first in the Degree of a Subject in that Province. Of this Ralf it is related by William Gemeticenfis that ancient Norman Writer that being then a Youth and hunting in the Forest of Weura with others of the Train of the Duke his Brother in the most obscure Recesses of that Place on a sudden broke out upon them a Boar of a monstrous Size with which the rest of the Party were so terrified that they all fled leaving the young Man alone who, fearing more the Shame of a disgraceful Flight than the Fury of the Beast and though not yet arrived to the Strength of Manhood supported by the Magnanimity inherent to his Race, attacked the raging Monster and felled him at his Feet in which State he was found by his Companions who returned to learn the Issue of this fearful Combat. Whereupon this valiant Action coming to the Ears of the Duke he rejoicing greatly at it granted immediately to the young Man the said Forest of Weura and its Appurtenances imposing upon that Valley in which this Transaction happened the Name of the ValUs Ursonis or the Boar's Valley in Commemoration of this Event which Name it then retained at the Time when that Author wrote as he himself assures us. Some Time after he added to this Grant the Castle of Ivery from which the said Ralf assumed the Title of Earl. RALF Earl of Ivery married Embrega or as some fay Albreda born in the Calcine Territory at 70 Genealogical History at a Town called Cavilla a Lady of great Beauty but of Qualities which disgraced her Person for being of a violent and furious a Temper, she employed a famous Architect named Lanfred who had lately built the Tower of Pedvers to erect a Castle at Ivery before mentioned which was long esteemed the strongest Fortress of that Dutch. And having finished the Work with great Labour and vast Expence she beheaded the said Architect that he never might erect a Building of the like Nature again. But it was not long before she met with the Punishment due to this barbarous Act for having fortified herself in the same Castle endeavouring to keep her own Husband from the Possession of it his Resentments being justly raised against her for this intolerable Conduct she was put to Death by him. This Ralf Earl of Ivery bearing also the Title of Earl of Baieux was Tutor to Richard the Second Duke of Normandy his Nephew and dying in left by the said Eremberga his Wife two Sons Hugh and John and two Daughters Albereda, and Hugh the eldest Son was Bishop of Baieux succeeded his Father who flighting that Duty to which he was bound both by Allegiance and Blood perceiving that Roberts the first Duke of Normandy, Brother and Heir to Richard the Third of that Name, neglected his Counsels preferring those of wiser and more discreet Men urged by his Pride and Ambition and relying on the Strength of his Castle of Ivery privately furnished that Place with Arms and Provisions of War and having left a Garrison therein withdrew with all Expedition into France to raise Forces there to carry on the Rebellion he had thus begun. But the Duke of Normandy considering of what Importance it was to check the Growth of such Disorders in their Infancy raised an Army and invested the Castle with so much Expedition that he had Leisure to strengthen his Camp so well that the said Hugh of Hugh could never relieve the Place whereupon he was constrained for the Preservation of his Associates thus besieged to enter into a Treaty with the Duke upon which he surrendered the Place to that Prince upon Condition that the Partners of his factious Undertaking might be dismissed with Liberty and together with these he long lived dispossessed of his Inheritance and died at length without Issue. JOHN the second Son of Ralf Earl of Ivery and Brother of Hugh who being called Johannes A Irincatensis or John of Averenches became Archbishop of Rouen also died without Issue. We therefore now come to the Daughters of Ralph Earl of Tvery who by the Death of both their Brothers became Coheirs of this illustrious Family. Of these Æbreda the eldest became the Wife of Osbernus Crepon Son of Hersqstus the Dane as we have before more than once observed whose Son William Fitz Osfborn was Earl of Breteuil, Pacy, Constantine, and Ivery and Earl of Hereford in England. And by Add Daughter of Ralf de Toney left William his eldest Son Heir to his great Estate and to the Earldom of Tvery whose natural Daughter Isabella being married to Asfcelin Gouel de Percheval brought this Estate and Descent in Blood into the House of which we principally treat. But the other Daughter becoming the Wife of Richard de Bellofago as we have already observed a new Descent and the Rights of Blood and Arms descended to this Line of Perceval of which the Earl of Egmont is the Chief through the Heiresses of Montford Gant, Fitzharding, Gournay, and Delamore or Bythemore as the distinct Account of these Houses more particularly shew.
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