Name: Maud De St Valerie
Birth: 1155 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
Death: 1210 in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berks, England
Occupation: Said to have single-handedly carried, in her apron, all the stones to build Hay Castlein a single night
Cause: Starved to death
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Change Date: 22 FEB 2007
Maud (Matilda) de Braose was also known as the Lady of la Haie and to the Welsh as Moll Walbee. Married to William de Braose, the "Ogre of Abergavenny", she was a significant warrior in her own right. Her long defence of Pain's Castle when it was beseiged by the Welsh earned it the name "Matilda's Castle". The local people saw her as a supernatural character. She was said to have built Hay Castle single handed in one night, carrying the stones in her apron. When one fell out and lodged in her slipper she picked it out and flung it to land in St Meilig's churchyard, three miles away across the River Wye at Llowes. The nine foot high standing stone can still be seen inside the church.
The final fall of her husband may owe a lot to her hasty reply to King John when he requested her son William as a hostage in 1208. She refused on the grounds that John had murdered his nephew Arthur whom he should have protected. The dispute between John and the de Braoses led to Maud dying of starvation in the King's castle at Windsor along with her son, while her husband, stripped of all his lands, died the following year in exile in France.
Tradition says that, when the bodies were eventually recovered, it was found that poor Matilda had gnawed at her sons cheeks in a desperate bid to survive.
Father: Bernard De St Valery
Mother: Alanora St John
William De Braose b: ABT 1153
- Reginald De Braose b: 1180 in Bramber, Sussex, England
- William De Braose b: ABT 1175
- Margery De Braose
- Maud de Braose
- Bertha de Braose b: 1148
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Author: Doug Thompson
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Title: Berkshire History
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