Name: Warine or Guarin de Metz 1
Birth: in Metz, France
Change Date: 19 DEC 2012
"The shadowy or mythical Warin, of Metz in Lorraine".
The story quoted by Leland is to the effect that John, Duke of Brittany, had ten sons, whom he sent to a tournament, proclaimed at the Castle of the Peak by William Peverel of Whittington, whose niece and heiress, Melette, together with the lands of Whittington, was to be the prize of the victor; that the lady was won and duly espoused by Guarin de Metz, and after the espousals that the nine elder sons of the Duke of Brittany returned home, while the youngest remained in England and acquired many fair lands by his sword, and was called ?Gwy le Estraunge e de ly vindrent tous les grantz seignurs de Engleterre qe ont le sournom de Estraunge.?
The details of this story stamp it as a romance?for instance, there were no ?dukes? but ?counts? of Brittany in the twelfth century, and none of them was called John, nor had ten sons. The legend, however, thus started into existence in the thirteenth century, obtained full currency and belief until the middle of the nineteenth. It was successively adopted by Leland, Glover, Dugdale, Blomefield, and the modern peerages; it was incorporated as gospel into the illuminated family pedigree, now in the Evidence Room at Hunstanton Hall, which was begun by Roger l?Estrange of Hoe in 1686, and has been continued to the present time. The bubble was not pricked until the publication of the ?Antiquities of Shropshire? in 1854-1860, by the Rev. R. W. Eyton, to whom is entirely due the credit of not only disproving the fabulous tale of the Trouvère, but of placing the early history of the family on a sure foundation of fact.
- Fulke Fitzwarin
- William FitzWarin
- Type: Gedcom File
Title: Jim Weber
- Text: LE STRANGE RECORDS 1100?1310