Name: Ralph of Gacé
Name: Raoul of Evreux
Birth: in Normandy, France
Death: ABT 1051 1
Ralph de Gacé († 1051) (a.k.a. Raoul de Gacé) Seigneur de Gacé and other estates in Normandy, was a member of the House of Normandy who played a significant role during the minority of William the Conqueror.
Ralph[b] was the middle son of Robert, Archbishop of Rouen and his wife Herlevea and as such a member of the royal house of Normandy. While his older brother Richard received the countship of Évreux, Ralph was given the seigneury of Gacé in Lower Normandy. He also held Bavent, Noyon-sur-Andelle (now Charleval), Gravençon and Écouché. After the death of Robert I Duke of Normandy in Nicaea, Archbishop Robert assumed the regency of Normandy for the duke’s young illegitimate son William. The archbishop was able to keep order in Normandy but at his death in 1037 rebellions and private wars erupted.
One of the rebellious lords was Ralph de Gacé. In 1040, assassins acting under the orders of Ralph de Gacé murdered the chief tutor of young duke William, Gilbert, Count of Brionne, while he was riding near Eschafour. In 1043 duke William and his advisors William Count of Talou and Archbishop Mauger decided to convince Ralph de Gacé to support the duke. Ralph, now in command of the duke’s army next campaigned against Thurstan le Goz who along with the king of France had occupied Falaise. Ralph captured Falaise, forced Thurstin into exile, and King Henry I of France to withdraw from Normandy. While Ralph remained a key member of Duke William’s inner circle, Ralph was known to have made large donations to the abbey of Jumieges] Ralph died in 1051
Father: *Robert of Normandy b: ABT 965 in Normandy, France
Mother: Harleve of Rouen b: ABT 968 in Rouen, Haute-Normandie, France
Basilla Flaitel b: 1030
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