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Richard de Argentein

Male - 1246


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  • Name Richard de Argentein  [1
    Born of Great Wymondley, Hertforshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1246  [2
    Person ID I2346  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Reginald de Argentein,   b. of Great Wymondley, Hertforshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1204 
    Mother Isabel,   d. Aft 1202 
    Family ID F961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma de Broy,   b. of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1203 
    Married Bef 1200  [2
    Children 
    +1. Margery de Argentein,   b. of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Aug 1232
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F6184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Founder of the priory of Little Wymondley and of the Hospital of St. John and St. James in Royston, Hertfordshire.

      "Richard joined the Crusade of 1218, which in November 1219 succeeded in capturing the port of Damietta, in Egypt. A letter written by Richard to his kinsman, the abbot of Bury St Edmunds the following year gives us a striking glimpse of medieval religious attitudes. It seems that after its capture, the Crusaders were quick to convert the town's mosques into churches. Richard founded a handsomely adorned church, dedicated to St Edmund, whom he calls his patron saint ('advocatus meus'), and established there three chaplains, with clerks. He had a painted statue of the saint erected there, which attracted the hostile attention of a Flemish servant who visited the church. But as he left the church after hurling abuse at the martyred saint, a beam of wood miraculously fell on his head and hurt him badly, as Richard triumphantly relates to the abbot." [Chris Phillips, citation details below.]

      Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire 1224. Constable of Hertford Castle 1224-28. Wounded "in the stomach below the navel" at the siege of Bedford Castle, summer 1224, fighting on the side of Henry III against Falkes de Breaute.

      Went on crusade a second time ca. 1240. "According to the Dunstable Chronicle, when the Turks entered Jerusalem (in July 1244), only Richard de Argentein with 20 knights in the Tower of David (the citadel) held out. Eventually (in late August) the defenders were allowed to leave the city under a flag of truce." [Chris Phillips, citation details below.]

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

    2. [S1209] Outline of the History of the Argentein Family by Chris Phillips.