Eudes, Earl of Kent Bishop of Bayeux

Male - 1097

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  • Name Eudes  
    Suffix Earl of Kent Bishop of Bayeux 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 2 Jan 1097 and 6 Jan 1097  Palermo, Sicily, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Abt 6 Jan 1097  Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Sicily Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5063  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Herluin, Vicomte de Conteville,   b. Abt 1001, Conteville, Eure, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1066  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Herlève, de Rouen,   b. Abt 968, Normandie, Poitou, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1035  [1
    Family ID F1971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Jean, de Bayeux,   d. 1131
     2. Raoul, de Conteville,   d. Aft 1089
     3. Jean, de Conteville
     4. Richard FITZHERLUIN,   d. Aft 1082
     5. Unknown
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F29953  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • EUDES  [Odo] [1036/38]-[Antioch/Palermo] [2/6] Jan 1097, bur Palermo C athedral).  Guillaume of Jumiè ges names “Herleva Fulberti cubiculari i ducis filia” as the mother of “Willelmus...ex concubina Roberti duci s...natus“; and that after Duke Robert died “Herluinus...miles” marrie d her by whom he had “duos filios Odonem et Robertum”[918].  The birt h date of Eudes is estimated on the assumption that Guillaume of Jumi è ges is correct (which is not beyond doubt, as noted above).  Orderi c Vitalis records that Guillaume Duke of Normandy granted “multis hono ribus in Normannia et Anglia” to “ Contavilla...filios e ius: Radulfus, quem de alia conjuge procreaverat, fratresque suos uter inos: Odonis et Rodbertum”[919].  Florence of Worcester names Eudes a s the brother of King William I "but only on his mother's side"[920].   [Geoffrey Richard Driscoll Tobin has suggested that the third and f ourth witnesses in the following charter were Robert and Eudes, sons o f Vicomte Herluin[921]:  "Comes Eudo et nepos eius Gaufridus, Robertu s vicecomes et frater eius Eudo… Guichomarus filius Alani vicecomitis… " witnessed a charter dated to 1050 relating to the abbey of St. Georg es de Rennes[922].  No brothers named Vicomte Robert and Eudes have b een identified among the Breton nobility at the time, and the suggesti on is plausible.  If correct, it has several implications.  Firstly , the order of their names indicates that Robert was older than his br other Eudes.  Secondly, this would be the only primary source which i ndicates that Robert bore the vicecomital title (before the death of h is father).  Thirdly, the dating of the charter is probably correct c onsidering the suggested date of Eudes’s appointment as bishop.]   Bis hop of Bayeux  [1050] (when Eudes must have been an adolescent, assumi ng that his birth date is correctly estimated as shown above).  Guill aume of Jumiè ges records that, after the death of “Hugo filius Rodulp hi comitis Baiocensis episcopus”; Guillaume II Duke of Normandy appoin ted “Odoni fratri suo” to the bishopric of Bayeux, a position he hel d for nearly 50 years[923].  He is said to have taken an active par t in the preparation of the Norman invasion of England and was presen t at the battle of Hastings 23 Oct 1066.  The Brevis Relatio de Origi ne Willelmi Conquestoris  records that "Odone episcopo de Baiocis" con tributed 120 ships towards the invasion of England in 1066[924].  Hi s half-brother William I King of England rewarded him with a grant o f over 500 manors in England and created him Earl of Kent  in 1067[925 ].  Orderic Vitalis records that King William installed “Guillermum O sberni filium” at his new fortress at Winchester “intra mœ nia Guentæ” ) and appointed him “vice sua toti regno versus Aquilonem”; while he g ranted “Doveram...totamque Cantiam” to “Odoni fratri suo”; and thus h e entrusted “his duobus præ fecturam Angliæ”; seconded by “Hugonem d e Grentemaisnilio et Hugonem de Monteforti, Guillelmumque de Garenna” ; dated to 1067[926].    Florence of Worcester records that King Willi am left "fratrumque suum Odonem Baiocensem episcopum et Willelmum fili um Osberni quem in Herefordensi provincia comitum" when he went to Nor mandy 21 Feb [1067][927].    He was one of the leaders of the force wh ich suppressed the rebellion of the earls of Norfolk and Hereford in 1 075[928].  He began scheming to become Pope, sending great gifts to i nfluential men in Rome, but was arrested by King William and sent to N ormandy where he was a prisoner in Rouen between 1082 and 1087[929].   Orderic Vitalis records that King William captured “Odoni fratri su insula Vecta” and held him in prison for four years “pro nimiet ate sua”[930].  He was released by King William on his deathbed[931].   Although King William II restored Eudes to his earldom, he was on e of the leaders of the rebellion in 1088 which sought to put Robert D uke of Normandy on the English throne[932].  He was banished from Eng land and all his honours and possessions forfeited.  He became chie f adviser to Duke Robert in Normandy[933].  Orderic Vitalis records t hat Bishop Eudes died “in urbem Panormitanam, quam vulgo Palernam voca nt” and that “Gislebertus Ebroicensis episcopus” buried him “in metrop olitana sanctæ Dei genetricis Mariæ basilica”; adding that he had be en appointed “ab adolescentia sua” (which supports that the theory tha t he was born after the death of Robert II Duke of Normandy, as discus sed above)[934].  William of Malmesbury records that he left on the F irst Crusade with Robert III Duke of Normandy and died “Antiochiæ; i n obsidione Christianorum”[935].  The necrology of Jumiè ges record s the death 2 Jan of “Odo episcopus”[936].  Bishop Eudes had one ille gitimate son.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3514] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy online [].