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Isabeau de Villehardouin

Female - Aft 1299

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  1. 1.  Isabeau de Villehardouin (daughter of Guillaume I de Villehardouin and Marguerite de Mello); died after Feb 1299.

    Isabeau married Gaucher IV de Châtillon before 1248. Gaucher (son of Hugues de Châtillon and Marie d'Avesnes) died in 1261. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Gaucher V de Châtillon was born about 1249; died in 1329.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Guillaume I de Villehardouin (son of Erard I de Villehardouin and Mabile de Chappes); died on 8 Jun 1246.


    Seigneur de Lezinnes et de Villy le Maréchal.

    Guillaume married Marguerite de Mello. Marguerite (daughter of Guillaume de Mello and Elisabeth de Mont Saint Jean) died on 21 Feb 1254. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Marguerite de Mello (daughter of Guillaume de Mello and Elisabeth de Mont Saint Jean); died on 21 Feb 1254.
    1. 1. Isabeau de Villehardouin died after Feb 1299.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Erard I de Villehardouin (son of Geoffroy de Villehardouin and Channe de Villemaur); died on 1 Jul 1224.


    Sire de Lezinnes.

    Erard married Mabile de Chappes. Mabile (daughter of Gui de Chappes and Pétronille de Bar-sur-Seine) died in May 1220. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Mabile de Chappes (daughter of Gui de Chappes and Pétronille de Bar-sur-Seine); died in May 1220.
    1. 2. Guillaume I de Villehardouin died on 8 Jun 1246.

  3. 6.  Guillaume de Mello (son of Dreux I de Mello); died in 1249.


    Seigneur de Saint Bris.

    Guillaume married Elisabeth de Mont Saint Jean. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Elisabeth de Mont Saint Jean
    1. 3. Marguerite de Mello died on 21 Feb 1254.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Geoffroy de Villehardouin was born about 1160 in Château Villehardouin, Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France (son of Vilain de Villehardouin and Dameron); died between 1213 and Jun 1218.


    Sire de Villehardouin et de Villy.

    From Wikipedia (accessed 14 Jun 2020):

    Geoffroi de Villehardouin […] was a knight and historian who participated in and chronicled the Fourth Crusade. He is considered one of the most important historians of the time period, best known for writing the eyewitness account De la Conque?te de Constantinople (On the Conquest of Constantinople), about the battle for Constantinople between the Christians of the West and the Christians of the East on 13 April 1204. The Conquest is the earliest French historical prose narrative that has survived to modern times. ?is full title was Geoffroi of Villehardouin, Marshal of Champagne and of Romania.

    A layman and a soldier, Geoffroi was appointed Marshal of Champagne from 1185 and joined the Crusade in 1199 during a tournament held by Count Thibaud III of Champagne. Thibaud named him one of the ambassadors to Venice to procure ships for the voyage, and he helped to elect Boniface of Montferrat as the new leader of the Crusade when Thibaud died.

    Although Geoffroi does not say so specifically in his own account, he probably supported the diversion of the Crusade first to Zara and then to Constantinople. While at Constantinople he also served as an ambassador to Isaac II Angelus, and was in the embassy that demanded that Isaac appoint Alexius IV co-emperor.

    After the conquest of the Byzantine Empire in 1204 he served as a military leader, and led the retreat from the Battle of Adrianople in 1205 after Baldwin I was captured by the forces of the Second Bulgarian Empire. In recognition of his services, Boniface of Montferrat gave to Geoffroi the city of Messinopolis in Thrace. After the Crusade, he was named Marshal of the Latin Empire.

    In 1207 Geoffroi began to write his chronicle of the Crusade, On the Conquest of Constantinople. It was in French rather than Latin, making it one of the earliest works of French prose. Villehardouin's account is generally read alongside that of Robert of Clari, a French knight of low station, Niketas Choniates, a high-ranking Byzantine official and historian who gives an eyewitness account, and Gunther of Pairis, a Cistercian monk who tells the story from the perspective of Abbot Martin who accompanied the Crusaders.

    Villehardouin's nephew Geoffroi I of Villehardouin went on to become Prince of Achaea in Morea (the medieval name for the Peloponnesus) in 1209. Villehardouin himself seems to have died shortly afterwards. His son Erard had taken, in 1213, the title of seigneur de Villehardouin. There is evidence of his children raising memorials for him in 1218, suggesting he died around this time.

    Geoffroy married Channe de Villemaur before 1172. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 9.  Channe de Villemaur (daughter of Dreux dit Strabo de Villemaur and Hersende).
    1. 4. Erard I de Villehardouin died on 1 Jul 1224.

  3. 10.  Gui de Chappes died in Jul 1221.


    Sire de Jully.

    Gui married Pétronille de Bar-sur-Seine. Pétronille (daughter of Thibaut and Marguerite de Salmaise) died between Dec 1236 and Jan 1237. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 11.  Pétronille de Bar-sur-Seine (daughter of Thibaut and Marguerite de Salmaise); died between Dec 1236 and Jan 1237.
    1. 5. Mabile de Chappes died in May 1220.

  5. 12.  Dreux I de Mello was born between 1137 and 1138 (son of Dreux de Mello and Agnès de Toucy); died on 3 Mar 1218.


    Sire de Baulche et de Saint-Bris.

    From Leo van de Pas:

    Together with Guillaume II des Barres, sire d'Oissery, in August 1189 Dreux defended Châteauroux against Richard the Lionheart. With his brother Guillaume he took part in the Third Crusade in the entourage of King Philippe II August. Following the conquest of Acre he was responsible for guarding the French king's prisoners. Guillaume died in the course of the crusade, and Dreux inherited the lordship of Mello. He remained in the Holy Land when King Philippe II August returned to France, and he fought in the victory of the crusaders led by Richard "the Lionheart" over the army of Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf in 1191.

    On his return to France, Dreux was appointed by King Philippe II August to the position of Constable of France, vacant since the death of Raoul, comte de Clermont, at the siege of Acre in 1191. In 1194 he engaged in peace talks with Richard "the Lionheart" after Richard's victory over the French king at the battle of Fréteval. King Philippe later gave Dreux two castles, Loches and Châtillon-sur-Indre, that Dreux had conquered from the English in 1204.

    1. 6. Guillaume de Mello died in 1249.