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Raoul "the Timid"

Male Abt 1025 - 1057  (~ 32 years)


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  • Name Raoul "the Timid"  
    Born Abt 1025  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Dec 1057  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I10702  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Dreux of Vexin,   b. Abt 980,   d. 1035  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Godgifu of England,   b. Abt 1010,   d. Bef 1049  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Abt 1024  [6
    Family ID F2984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gytha 
    Children 
    +1. Harold de Ewyas,   b. of Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1100
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F5868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Ralph de Sudeley, Ralph of Mantes. Earl of Worcester; also said to have been Earl of Hereford.

      From Wikipedia:

      Ralph came to England with his uncle, the future King Edward the Confessor, in 1041. He attested three charters as earl in 1050, and his earldom was probably located in the east midlands, where the lands of his wife Gytha were located. He was a benefactor of Peterborough Abbey. When King Edward quarrelled with Earl Godwin in 1051, Ralph raised the levies of his earldom to support the king. Godwin and his sons were forced into exile, but they returned the following year, and Ralph and Earl Odda commanded the fleet raised to resist them, but they were unable to prevent their return in triumph.

      Later in 1052 Godwin's son Sweyn died on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and it was probably at this stage that Ralph was given Sweyn's earldom of Hereford, which included Oxfordshire. In 1055 Ælfgar, the earl of East Anglia, was exiled and allied himself with the ruler of Wales, Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. Ralph met them in battle on 24 October, but suffered a disastrous defeat, and the invaders sacked Hereford. It was later claimed that Ralph and his Frenchmen started the rout, resulting in his insulting nickname, 'The Timid'. Godwin's son, Harold, the future king, then chased the invaders back into Wales. Ralph died in his early thirties on 21 December 1057, and was buried in Peterborough Abbey.

      Ann Williams suggested that Ralph probably lost his earldom to Harold after his defeat in 1055,[1] but in the view of Frank Barlow he held it until his death. Ralph's son Harold was one of the royal children brought up by King Edward's wife, Edith. Ralph was on good terms with the Godwins, and his son may have been named after the future king and been his godson. Harold Godwinson may have been given the earldom of Hereford to hold until the Ralph's son came of age. The younger Harold survived the Conquest and later received part of his father's lands, as well as Ewyas Harold, which is named after him. His descendants are the Sudeleys of Toddington, Gloucestershire.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.

    2. [S160] Wikipedia.

    3. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    4. [S917] John P. Ravilious, 28 Feb 2003, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    5. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    6. [S2337] Kim Anderson and Richard Joscelyne, "The Parentage of Geoffrey fitz Eustace (c. 1045-1105)." Foundations 10:98, 2018.