The Plantagenet family is without a doubt one of the more interesting families of Europe from the period. Descended in the male line from the Visounts of Orleans and Counts of Gatinais of the 7th and 8th centuries, they become the ruling family of England for over three hundred years through the marriage of Geoffrey Plantagenet to Matilda, the daughter of Henry I and grand daughter of William the Conqueror.
In one story, mentioned by Timothy Baker, one of the Counts had brought home a strange bride who was reported to rarely attend mass and when she did, left before the consecration. When four knights stood on her cloak to detain her, she tore free and broke through a window to escape. As a result she was reputed to have been Melusine, Satan’s daughter. This story is often used as an explanation for the quick tempers and violent rages of many of the Plnatagenet Kings. So much so that Richard I (The Lionhearted) is reputed to have said that it was no wonder that sons of such stock should fight among themselves. Baker does not give the name of the angevin Count of the story, but one has to wonder, based on the similarity of names whether it referred to Fulk V who was married to Melesend, Queen of Jerusalem. If such was the case, the lady in question would have had no influence on the matter since Geoffrey’s mother was in fact Falk V’s first wife, Ermangarde du Maine.
I have not attempted to document the full Plantagenet line which, is already well covered elsewhere, but limited myself to the lineage that connects to my own ancestors, the Saint-Amand family. The following sources where the basis for much of the material on the Plantagenet ancestors contained on this page. They also provide a great deal of information about the more well known Plantagenet descendants, namely the ones who ruled England for over 300 years.
The Plantagenets by Timothy Baker (From The Great
Dynastys, Windward Books)
Royal Genealogy : http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/public/genealogy/royal/gedx.html
Plantagenet - England – Genealogy: http://www.midtown.net/~bmiles/plantgnt.htm
Finally for a treatise on the Plantagenets a bit on the "lighter" side, try: As the Plantagenet Turns, by Robert Hole Jr.
Born: 825 in Orleans, FranceMarried ______
Born: Abt 850 in Orleans, France
Died: Aft 886 Married: ______
Born: 875 in Orleans, France
Died: Aft 942 Married ______
Born: Abt 900 in Gatinais, France
Died: Aft 966 Married ______
Died: Aft 987 Married: ______
Born: 950 in Gatinais, France
Died: Aft 990
Born: Abt 970 in Gastinois, France
Married: Beatrice Macon sometime before 999 in France. Beatrice was born about 974 in Macon, Seine-Et-Loire, daughter of Alberic II and Ermentrude Roucy
Married: Ernmengarde d’Anjou Father: Foulques III "Le Noir", Count Of Anjou Mother: Hildegarde
Born: 1043 in Anjou, France
Died: April 14, 1109 in Anjou, France
Married: Bertrade de Montfort, 1089 in France, daughter of Simon I de Montfort and Agnes Evereux
Born: 1092 in Anjou,France
Died: November 10, 1143 in Jerusalem, Israel
Married: Ermengarde du Maine on July 11, 1110 in France daughter of Hellas of Maine, Count of Maine and Agnes of Aquitaine
Born: August 24, 1113 in Anjou, France
Died: September 07, 1151 in Chateau, Eure-et-Loire, France
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Born: 1130 in Normandy, France
Died: April 1202 in England
Married: Isabel de Warren Married: April 1164 in East Surrey, England; daughter of William de Warren and Adela