William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey
He was the eldest son of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey and Elizabeth of Vermandois . He was thus a great-grandson of the French King Henry I , a half-brother of Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester , Waleran de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Worcester and Earl of Meulan , and Hugh de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Bedford .
William was loyal to King Stephen of England . He fought at the Battle of Lincoln (1141) and was one of the military leaders who pursued Matilda after her escape from Winchester and kidnapped Robert of Gloucester , the illegitimate son of the late King Henry I.
He was one of those nobles who took the cross in Vézelay in 1146 - together with the French King Louis VII - and set out as a crusader for the Second Crusade the following year . He was killed in a Seljuk attack on the march through Anatolia near Laodikeia .
William married Adela (or Ela) von Ponthieu , a daughter of Count Wilhelm II. Talvas (or Wilhelm III. Von Ponthieu), who in turn was a son of Robert of Bellême, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury from the House of Montgommery .
William and Adela had a daughter, Isabel (Elisabeth) , who was also his heir. She married William of Blois , the second son of King Stephen, Count of Boulogne and Mortain , who became Earl of Surrey and Earl of Warren (Warren) through their marriage . Wilhelm von Blois died on October 11, 1159, the marriage remained childless.
In 1163, Isabel married Hamelin , an illegitimate son of Count Gottfried V of Anjou and thus half-brother of King Henry II of England , who was also Earl of Warenne and Earl of Surrey. Hamelin took the family name de Warenne and bequeathed it and the counties to his descendants.
- Letter from King Louis VII to the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis from March / April 1148, ed. by J.-J. Brial and L. Delisle in: Recueil des Historiens des Gaules et de la France 15 (1878), pp. 495-496
- Wilhelm von Tire , Historia Rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum Lib. XVI, Cap. XXV, ed. in: Recueil des historiens des croisades (1844), Historiens occidentaux I, pp. 748–749
|William de Warenne||
Earl of Surrey
|Isabel de Warenne|
|SURNAME||Warenne, William de, 3rd Earl of Surrey|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Earl of Surrey|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1119|
|DATE OF DEATH||1148|