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Mabel de Bellême

Female - 1077


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  • Name Mabel de Bellême  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Dec 1077  Bures-sur-Dives, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alternate death 1079  [3
    Buried Troarn, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I6486  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of Thomas Butler, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father William I Talvas,   d. 1070 
    Family ID F6496  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Roger de Montgomery,   b. of St. Germain de Montgommeri, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1094, Shrewsbury Abbey, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1050  [2
    Children 
    +1. Maud de Montgomery,   d. Between 1082 and 1084
    +2. Sibyl de Montgomery,   d. Aft 1107
    +3. Roger "the Poitevin" de Montgomery,   d. 1123
    +4. Robert II de Bellême,   b. 1056, Sées, Orne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1129  (Age > 74 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F1554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Mabel Talvas; Dame de Alencon, de Seez, and Belleme; Countess of Shrewsbury and Lady of Arundel.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      Earl Roger's first wife, Mabel de Bellême, has been depicted unforgettably for posterity by Orderic Vitalis, though that historian never saw her. He describes her as 'a forceful and worldly woman, cunning, garrulous, and extremely cruel', 'a perfidious woman', and 'a cruel woman, who had shed the blood of many and had forcibly disinherited many lords'; and he recounts several stories to her discredit related to him by colleagues at St Evroult. Whatever allowances can be made for Mabel there must have been something particularly aggressive and brutal about her for four of her vassals to ride at night into her castle at Bures [-sur-Dives] and cut off her head as she lay in bed after a bath. Her murderer Hugh Bunel was among those whom she had disinherited and was never caught. The date of the murder must be December 1077, not 1082 as long accepted from a marginal note in the editio princeps of Orderic. There is evidence that Mabel, like a very few other baronial wives, was a tenant-in-chief in England, but no evidence that she ever visited that land or the Montgomery estates there.

  • Sources 
    1. [S874] Todd A. Farmerie, "Robert de Torigny and the family of Gunnor, Duchess of Normandy.".

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    3. [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.

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