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Guichard d'Angle, Earl of Huntingdon, lord of Pleumartin, lord of Angle, lord of Château.Larcher, lord of Rochefort on Charente xxxx-1380

Also known as d' Angle

Born: after 1293

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Died: March 1380, London

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Parents: Guichard d'Angle married (1293) Maubert Marguerite dame du Bois Garnault (born about 1270, died after 1323)

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Spouse: Jeanne Pean

Offspring:

Guichardin d' angle seigneur de Marans (born 1340)

Jean d' Angle Dame de Montpipeau (born about 1350, died after 1402) married (1381) Aimery II de Rochechouart Seigneur de Mortemart (died February 1397, Will 22 February 1393) Amiery previously married (1370) Jeanne d'Archiac Dame de St.-Germain (died 1378)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: or, billettée and a lyon rampant azure

Knight of the Garter 1372, Stall 15, became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Walter Manny

Guichard was a Gascon knight who was the Seneschal of Saintonge and fought for Jean the Good, on the French side at Poitiers where he refused to flee with the duke of Normandy and the kings sons, and was wounded then captured and taken to England. He became a friend of Prince Edward and John Chandos, and was made Marshal of Aquitaine. In 1369 Edward III made him an envoy to the Pope Urban V and he travelled to Rome, but the return journey seemed impossible so he gave command of his troops to his son in law and disguised himself as a poor, badly horsed, ill-equipped priest. He travelled through France Burgundy and Auvergne and met up with Prince Edward at Angoulême. Guichard took part in Prince Edward's final campaign and was present at the the siege of Limoges and the massacare of its inhabitants on 19 September 1370. When Poitiers was retaken by the French in 1372 Guichard travelled to England and became the governor of Prince Edward's son Richard, who later became Richard II. From January to June 1377 Guichard was one of the envoys who negotiated with the French at Boulogne and Calais for a peace treaty. Guichard was made the Earl of Huntingdon on 16 July 1377. In January 1378 Guichard with others including Geoffrey Chaucer undertook negotiations for the marraige between princess Mary of France and Richard II, but no agreement took place. After his death in 1380 the Lordship was not passed on.

Froissart's epitaph on Sir Guichard d'Angle, KG, Earl of Huntingdon (as translated by Lord Berners):

"....... there dyed in London a knyght called Sir Rycharde Dangle, erle of Huntyngdon, and maister to the Kynge ; he was reverently buryed in the freres prechers in London. And on the day of his obsequy there was the Kynge, his two bretherne, the princess his mother, and a great nombre of prelates, barounes and ladyes of Englande, and there dyd hym great honoure and truely this gentyll knyght was well worthy to have honoure, for in his tyme he had all noble vertues, that a knyght ought to have ; he was mery, true, amorous, sage, secrete, large, prewe, hardy, adventorous and chryvalrous. Thus ended the gentyll knyght Sir Richarde Dangle."

A biography of Guichard d' Angle has been written, in French, by Robert Ducluzeau (ISBN 2845610580)

 

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