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Isabel de Warenne, Countess of Surrey

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Isabel de Warenne, 4th Countess of Surrey (c. 1137 – 12 July 1203) was an English peer. She was the only surviving heir of William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey, and his wife, Adela, the daughter of William III of Ponthieu.[1][2]


She was the great-granddaughter of the first Norman earl, William, and his Flemish wife Gundred.[2] When her father died in the Holy Land about 1148 she inherited the earldom of Surrey and was married in around 1153 to William of Blois, the younger son of King Stephen, who became earl in her right.[1][2] The marriage occurred at a critical moment in The Anarchy as part of the king's attempt to control the de Warenne lands.

The couple did not have any children and after William's death in 1159, King Henry II's younger brother, William FitzEmpress, sought her hand in 1162/3, but Thomas Becket refused a dispensation from affinity on the grounds of consanguinity. In April 1164, the countess married Hamelin of Anjou, a natural half-brother of King Henry, who became jure uxoris Earl of Surrey. The countess lived an unusually long life, dying at the age of 66.[2]


She and William of Blois had no children.[1] Isabelle and her second husband Hamelin had four surviving children:



  1. ^ a b c G. E. Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, Vol. XII/1 (London" The St. Catherine Press, 1953), p. 498.
  2. ^ a b c d Elisabeth van Houts, "The Warenne View of the Past 1066–1203", Anglo-Norman Studies XXVI, Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2003, ed. John Gillingham (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2004), p. 103.
  3. ^ Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, Vol. XII/1 (1953), pp. 500–503.
  4. ^ a b c Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, Vol. XII/1 (1953) p. 500, n. (g).
  5. ^ The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol. 9, Yorkshire Archaeological Society (Bradbury, Agnew and Co., 1886), 300.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William de Warenne
Countess of Surrey
Succeeded by
Hamelin de Warenne
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