Geoffrey Plantagent and son Hamelin Plantagenet
Geoffrey V (Plantagenet), Count of Anjou had son Hamelin Plantagenet.
Some think Hamelin's mother was Empress Matilda, and others say he was
born from an affair. What we do know is Geoffrey fathered King Henry
II, Geoffrey de Gatinais, Count of Nantes, William de Gatinais, Count
of Poictou, Hamelin Plantagenet, Emma de Gatinais, and Mary de Gatinais.
Geoffrey was born Nov 24, 1113 and died Sept 7, 1151 at age 37. He is buried at Le Mans Cathedral, Maine, France
Geoffrey had the following titles:
Count of Maine (1126 - 1151)
Count of Anjou (1129 - 1151)
Duke of Normandy (1144 - 1149)
Geoffrey was 14 years old when he married Empress Matilda on June 17,
1128, she was 26 years old. She was the widow of Henry V, Holy Roman
Emperor (Aug 11, 1086-May 23, 1125) who she married at age 12 (he was
27) on Jan 7, 1114.
Geoffrey was knighted by King Henry I on 10 June 1128, in Rouen.
Geoffrey's habit of wearing a sprig of broom plant (planta genesta) in his hat is the origin of the name "Plantagenet."
Geoffrey ceded his title as Duke of Normandy to his son Henry in 1149 (ratified by Louis VII in 1150).
WURTS' MAGNA CHARTA, pp. 158-168 inclusive, gives sixty nine
Generations of lineal descent from Edward the Great, (Aedd Mawr) to
Geoffrey Plantagenet. This also shows Geoffrey's descent from the
FRANKISH KINGS, also his descent from (HELI) Beli the Great through
LUD, through TUANTIUS, through CYNVELIN (CYMBELINE), through AVIRAGUS,
through MERIC (MARIUS), through EURGEN, through GLADYS, wife (LLEUVER
MAWR) LUCIUS THE GREAT. And page 168 Wurt's Magna Charta shows that
both Geoffrey Plantagenet and his wife, Matilda, or Maud, of England,
were descendants of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, and descended from
Hamelin Plantagenet married Isabel de Warrenne April 1164. She was the
Countess of Surrey. Both are buried at Lewes, East Sussex, England. It
is said they had at least 12 children. Hamelin's son, William de
Warrent Earl of Warren and Surrey is named in the Magna Charta as an
adviser of King John. Most historians believe Hamelin was also an
adviser to King John.
Hamelin added the unique keep at Conisbrough, in Yorkshire. Conisbrough
has a cylindrical core, from which 6 enormous buttresses project like
the spokes of a wheel. For more on the castle see the book "Early
Medieval Architecture" By Roger Stalley, 1999, Oxford University Press.
ISBN 0192842234. You can also visit the Castle's website http://www.conisbroughcastle.org.uk