Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surrey

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Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surrey (sometimes anachronistically called Hamelin Plantagenet ) (* 1129 ; † May 7, 1202 ) was a nobleman at the court of the English kings Henry II , Richard I and Johann Ohneland .


He was an illegitimate son of Gottfried von Anjou , i.e. a half-brother of Heinrich II and uncle of Richard I and Johann. Heinrich gave him one of the richest heiresses in England as a wife, Isabella de Warenne , Countess of Surrey in her own right. She was the widow of Wilhelm von Blois († 1159), the third son of King Stephen . Hamelin and Isabella married in April 1164, after which Hamelin was usually referred to as Comte de Warenne rather than Earl of Surrey. As a consequence, he and his descendants adopted the family name Warenne.

His property was around Conisbrough in Yorkshire , where Hamelin built a strong castle . He also owned the Surrey county "third penny" (one third of the tax revenue from the county's farms) and the castles of Mortemer and Bellencombre in Normandy .

Hamelin participated in the denunciation of Thomas Becket in 1164 , but after his death became one of the most ardent supporters of Becket's canonization. In 1176 he accompanied his niece Johanna to their wedding in Sicily .

Throughout his life, Hamelin was loyal to King Henry II, even when many nobles opposed him, to King Richard I and his regent Wilhelm von Longchamp . He took part in Richard's second coronation in 1194 as well as in John's coronation in 1199. He died in 1202 and was buried in the chapter house of Lewes Priory in Sussex. He was succeeded as Earl of Surrey by his son William de Warenne . His daughter Adela was the mistress of her cousin King John and the mother of Richard of Chilham .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Henry Elliot Malden: A History of Surrey , (Eliot Stock, 1900), p. 105
  2. ^ Sussex Archaeological Collections relating to the History and Antiquities of the County , Vol. 35, Sussex Archaeological Society, (H. Wolff, 1887), p. 8


predecessor Office successor
Isabella de Warenne Earl of Surrey
(de iure uxoris)
William de Warenne