Roger de Breteuil, 2nd Earl of Hereford

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Roger de Breteuil (* before 1051, † after 1087) was Earl of Hereford and Lord of Breteuil . He was the son of William FitzOsbern, 1st Earl of Hereford , whose heir he took over in 1071.


His relationship with King Wilhelm I was difficult. In 1075, disregarding a prohibition of the king, he married his sister Emma to Ralph de Guader , the Earl of Norfolk . Immediately thereafter, Roger and Ralph rose up in the count's revolt against the king. But Roger, who had to bring his soldiers from the west to unite them with Ralph's troops, was stopped on the Severn by the militia (Fyrd) of Worcestershire , which led Bishop Wulfstan of Worcester , Walter de Lacy and other Normans against him.

After the failure of the uprising, Roger was brought before the Great Council that same year. His title was revoked, his English property was confiscated and he himself was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1087, after Wilhelm's death, he and other political prisoners were released.


Roger left behind two sons, Roger and Reginald, both of whom were probably born after his release. Reginald married Emmelind Ballon, daughter of Hamelin de Ballon of Abergavenny , and took their family name; he died before 1166 as the owner of the lordship and the castle Much Marcle .

The rule of Breteuil probably fell first to Roger, in 1099 to his cousin Raoul II. De Gaël , son of Ralph de Guader.


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