Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Nuns at Montivilliers during Renbaudus’ childhood

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Wasca, daughter of Rainier, when she became a nun between 1066-1076, gave 5 arpents of vineyard and land at Longueville with the agreement of her brother Hilduin.

Wimer, wife of Ansfrey the Senechal, gave the fief of Ectot.

Hadvise, gave half the land of O with the church and tithes (before 1050?).

Clara, cousin of William, gave the land she held at Le Vauvray.

Adela, wife of Gerald Boctoy, gave her own land of Beaumont.

Rohaise became a nun and her father Ralph gave some land from Vitreville.

Benselina became a nun and gave a possessions in Salmonville. Her husband, Ralph Giffard gave the church of Bellefosse and the tithe, plus 12 acres of land the abbess purchased.

Advenia, daughter of Teobald (Teobald, brother of Robert of Epouville??)

John of Ravenna

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The nephew of King Arduin of Italy, he was prior, then, abbot of Fecamp and succeeded of William of Volpiano in 1031. They actually came together from the St. Benignus monastery of Dijon. In 1080, with Richard of Chaumont, he went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was captured but he escaped and came back to die in 1082 at the abbey.

Bernard of Toledo (c.1050-1128)

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Born Bernard of Sedirac in Gascony (Southwest France) around 1050, he was a Cluniac monk first educated in St. Orens abbey near Auch (Southwest France) and then in Cluny where he became chamberlain. After a brief stint in 1078 as prior of St. Orens, he was sent to Spain by the abbot of Cluny Hugh the Great following a wish from Alfonso VI, King of León & Castile (Northeast Spain). More likely this wish came from his wife Constance of Burgundy who happened to be the niece of Hugh the Great.

There in 1080, Bernard was made abbot of St. Facundus at Sahagún in León and worked tirelessly to implement the Roman liturgy. King Alfonso VI, great benefactor of Cluny, named him archbishop of Toledo in 1080. He was present at the council of Clermont in 1095 when pope Urban II (a Cluniac monk himself) preached the First crusade.

Following the death of Alfonso VI in 1108 and the election of a new pope Calixtus II in 1119, Bernard lost some of his temporal powers to Diego Gelmírez, archbishop of Compostela in Galicia (Northeast Spain). Calixtus II, who was the brother in law of the new queen of Castile Urraca, with Diego and the queen strove to make Compostela a major pilgrimage destination taking away the luster of Toledo.