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Enguerrand I de Coucy

Male Abt 1035 - Abt 1116  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name Enguerrand I de Coucy  [1
    Born Abt 1035  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1116  [2
    Person ID I7227  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of EK, Ancestor of JMF, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Dreux de Boves,   b. of Boves, Somme, Picardie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1069 
    Family ID F4855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ade de Roucy 
    Married Bef 1060  [2
    Divorced Yes, date unknown  [2
    Children 
    +1. Thomas de Marle,   b. Abt 1060,   d. Between 1129 and 1130  (Age ~ 69 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F5894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lord of Boves and Coucy.

      From Leo van de Pas's site:

      The first Enguerrand to be lord of Coucy was the son of Dreux de Coucy, seigneur de Boves, and great grandson of Jean de Coucy. He probably received Coucy in fief at the end of the 11th century. With his first wife Ada de Marle, daughter of Liétaud de Roucy, Seigneur de Marle, Enguerrand had a son Thomas de Marle, a notorious knight brigand in conflict with King Louis VI. Enguerrand had some doubts about the parentage of his son, as his wife Ada had committed adultery. He strongly disliked Thomas and sought to disinherit him. Enguerrand repudiated Ada for her adultery. After her death he abducted Sibil de Porcean, wife of Godefroid, comte de Namur. He married her despite the fact that she was still married to Godefroid (who later divorced her and married Ermesinde, Gräfin von Luxemburg).

      For his actions Enguerrand was excommunicated by the Church. He sought to make amends by taking part in the First Crusade; between 1096 and 1099 he fought heroically in the Holy Land. During one battle with the Muslims he mislaid his banner; he tore off his coat of scarlet lined with squirrel fur, and cut out a new emblem from it. Thus was born the celebrated description of his arms: 'Fassé de vair et de gueulle de six pieces' (fessy of squirrel fur and gules of six parts), which would bear the name of Coucy on many battle fields.

      Enguerrand's excommunication was lifted through the help of his kinsman, also called Enguerrand, the bishop of Laon. Enguerrand died about 1116.

  • Sources 
    1. [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.

    2. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.