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Robert DE MARMIRON

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  • Nom Robert DE MARMIRON 
    Sexe
    ID personne I162106  Notre Grande Famille
    Dernière modif. 13 sept 2018 

    Famille Melicent DE RÉTHEL 
    Enfants 
    +1. Robert de Marmion sire DE FONTENAY-LE-MARMION
    Dernière modif. 13 sept 2018 
    ID Famille F68254  Feuille familiale  |  Tableau familial

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY
      Robert de Marmion was born about 1095, son of Roger de Marmion. Robert married Melicent de Réthel, daughter of Gervase, comte de Réthel, and Elisabeth de Namur.

      About 1129 King Henry I granted him lands and the castle of Tamworth. When granted the castle of Tamworth with the adjacent lands in County Warwick, he expelled the nuns from the abbey of Polesworth to a place called Oldbury, about four miles distant. According to Sir William Dugdale, about a year later, when entertaining his friends on a costly scale at Tamworth Castle, St. Edith appeared to him during the night in the habit of a veiled nun and with a crosier in her hand. She warned him that, if he did not restore Polesworth to the nuns, he would have an evil death and go to hell. Then to add strength to her warning before vanishing, she smote him on the side with her crosier. He was hurt so badly that he cried out aloud and was heard by his friends. Finding him extremely tormented with the pain of his wound, they advised him to confess himself to a priest and vow to restore the nuns to their former possessions. Only after he had confessed did his pain cease. He then rode to Oldbury and asked the nuns to pardon him for the injury he had inflicted upon them. He assisted their return to Polesworth and, as their new patron, requested that he and his family might be buried at Polesworth.

      In 1140 he was besieged by Geoffrey of Anjou in his castle of Fontenay in Normandy, which was subsequently demolished. In 1143 or 1144, to pursue his enemy, the Earl of Chester, he went to Coventry, the seat of the Earl, entered the priory there and, after expelling the monks, turned it into a fortress. At the same time he made deep ditches in the adjacent fields, which he covered over with earth, in order to secure the approaches to the priory. However, when the forces of the Earl of Chester began to approach, he rode out to reconnoitre, fell into one of those ditches and broke his thigh, so that a common soldier could seize him and cut off his head. His widow married Richard de Camville.