Gilbert of Brionne : Death: 1040
Title: The Complete Peerage
Source: A Baronial Family in Medieveal England: The Clares, 1217-1314; Michael Altschul, Johns Hopkins Press, 1965
Note: Eldest of Richard I's illegitimate children; was one of those sons of Count Richard of Normandy, who had no pretensions to legitimacy for he was not a son of Gunnora, and his mother was a nameless concubine. The county of Eu was granted to him in 996 by his half-brother soon after his accession, for it was the settled policy of Count Richard II to surround himself with a brilliant court, and he began his reign by creating dignities and titles of honour for the cadets of his family. Geoffrey was also intrusted with the custody of the fortress of Brionne, which commands the valley of the Risle, and is often called Count of Brionne in consequence of his residing there, but Brionne was never the caput of a county. Count Geoffrey died within a few years, and was succeeded by his son Gilbert, although at this period the heir had no absolute right of succession to the appanage enjoyed by his father.
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