The Challenges And Consequences Of The Norman De Veres
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PART ONE. The Norman De Veres
Aubrey de Vere, Albericus de Vere, de Veer, the first Aubrey de Vere, Aubrey the Monk, Chamberlain and Queen’s Chamberlain
Although it is often said that the de Vere family came across with William at the time of the Conquest, it is more likely that the de Vere family were in England as landowners from around 1000 AD, being related to the Frankish knight, Godfroi de Vere and the Norman knight Alphonsus de Vere. This does not preclude Albericus from being at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, as recounted by contemporary historians, since many Norman knights gathered to William’s standard from all around Europe.
Albericus Vere, and his wife Beatrix, bearing the royal emblem of Anjou and the quartered shield of de Vere and St Mark of Venice.…show more content… These lands lay principally along the valleys of the Colne and the Stour, straddling the Essex-Suffolk border and controlling the ports of Dovercourt and Colchester, as well as the main roads from London into northern East Anglia and the Lincolnshire fens.
Aubrey seems to have made his headquarters at Hengham, now known as Hedingham, standing between two Roman roads and close to the river. He built a motte and bailey castle - a raised mound with wooden palisade defences and a ditch surrounding it.
A reconstructed castle of this type can be found near to Hedingham at Stansted Mountfitchet. He also built a castle at Great Canfield, whose earthworks can still be seen, and possibly one at Castle Camps on the Cambridgeshire border, marked again by