Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet
NameGeoffrey V “Plantagenet” de Gatinais , Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy
Birth24 Aug 1113
Death7 Sep 1151, Le Mans, Maine, France
Burial1151, Le Mans Cathedral, Maine, France
Misc. Notes
Geoffrey V (August 24, 1113 – September 7, 1151), Count of Anjou and Maine, and later Duke of Normandy, called Le Bel ("The Fair") or "Geoffrey Plantagenet", was the father of King Henry II of England, and thus the forefather of the Plantagenet dynasty of English kings.

Geoffrey was the eldest son of Fulk, Count of Anjou and King-Consort of Jerusalem. Geoffrey's mother was Eremburge of La Flèche, heiress of Maine. Geoffrey received his nickname for the sprig of broom (= genêt plant, in French) he wore in his hat as a badge.

King Henry I of England, having heard good reports on Geoffrey's talents and prowess, sent his royal legates to Anjou to negotiate a marriage between Geoffrey and his own daughter, Matilda. Consent was obtained from both parties, and the fifteen-year-old Geoffrey was knighted in Rouen by King Henry in preparation for the wedding.

During Pentecost 1127, Geoffrey married Empress Matilda. The marriage was meant to seal a peace between England/Normandy and Anjou. She was eleven years older than Geoffrey, and their marriage was a stormy one, but she survived him.
Birth7 Feb 1102, Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death10 Sep 1169, Rouen, Normandy, France
BurialFontevraud Abbey, France
FatherHenry I , King of England (1068-1135)
Marriage26 Aug 1127, Le Mans, Maine, France
ChildrenHenry II (1133-1189)
 Hamelin (1130-1202)
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