(-After 1066)


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1. Raoul de Mantes Earl of Hereford


  • Marriage (1): Raoul de Mantes Earl of Hereford
  • Died: After 1066

  General Notes:

GYTHA, daughter of --- (-after 1066). Domesday Book records, in relation to land in Waddesdon Hundred, Buckinghamshire which "Ambrose holds of William Adstock", that "this manor Gytha wife of Earl Ralph held and could sell", and "William himself holds Haversham...this manor Countess Gytha held", as well as "Drogo holds of William Stoke Goldington...this manor Countess Gytha held". Bannister comments that "Earl Ralph...had married an English woman, probably of Godwin´s house or kin" (without citing any primary source which indicates that the statement might be correct). Her name suggests English (or at least Danish) origin. It is of course the name of the widow of Earl Godwin, but as the birth of her first child is dated to [1020/22] she would have been in her late 40s when her husband died so unlikely to have married Earl Ralph as her second husband and given birth to a child by him. Earl Ralph´s wife could of course have been an otherwise unrecorded daughter of Earl Godwin and his wife Gytha, named after her mother, although it was unusual for the child of an Anglo-Saxon noble family to be named after a parent. A connection with Godwin´s family would explain the introduction of the name Harold into the Ewias family.

Gytha married Raoul de Mantes Earl of Hereford, son of Dreux de Mantes Comte de Mantes et Comte d'Amiens and Godgifu of England. (Raoul de Mantes Earl of Hereford was born between 1025 and 1030, died on 21 Dec 1057 and was buried in Peterborough Abbey, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, GB.)

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