Count Geoffrey Taillefer I ANGOULEME 1
- Born: Abt 988, Angouleme, Charente, France
- Married: Abt 1014, Angouleme, Charente, France
- Died: 1048
Another name for Geoffrey was ANGOULEME Count.
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A History of the English Speaking People Winston S Churchill Vol I The Birth of Britain Dodd Mead & Co p162: [The Battle of Hastings]
"The military opinion of those as of these days has criticised his staking all upon an immediate battle. The loyalty of the Northern earls, Edwin and Morcar, was doubtful. They were hastening south with a substantial reinforcement, but he could not be sure which side they would join. In the event they `withdrew themselves form the conflict'...Duke William's was essentially a cavalry force assisted by archers, while Harold had nothing but foot-soldiers who used horses only as transport...King Harold had great confidence in his redoubtable axe-men, and it was in good heart that he formed his shield-wall on the morning of October 14. There is a great dispute about the numbers engaged. Some modern authorities suppose the battle was fought by five or six thousand Norman knights and men-at-arms, with a few thousand archers, against eight to ten thousand axe- and spear-men, and the numbers on both sides may have been fewer. However it may be, at the first streak of dawn William set out from his camp at Pevensey resolved to put all to the test; and Harold, eight miles away, awaited him in resolute array."
"As the battle began Ivo Taillefer, the minstrel knight who had claimed the right to make the first attack, advanced up the hill on horseback, throwing his lance and sword into the air and catching them before the astonished English. He then charged deep into the English ranks, and was slain..."
Ancestral File Ver 4.11 9HM8-9X Geoffrey TAILLEFER [COUNT OF ANGOULESME] Born Abt 1014 Angouleme Aquitaine France, Ver 4.13 Born Abt 988 Angouleme Charente France.
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Geoffrey married Petronille De ARCHAIC, daughter of Mainard Le Riche De ARCHAIC and Hildegarde, about 1014 in Angouleme, Charente, France. (Petronille De ARCHAIC was born about 994 in Conteville, , France.)