quite pretty and her father was Duke of Lower Lotharingia. These were the likely reasons she was chosen.However, no children were born during the almost fifteen years of the marriage.Adeliza, unlike the other Anglo-Norman queens, played little part in the public life of the realm during her tenure as queen consort. Whether this is because of personal inclination, or because Henry preferred tokeep her nearby in hopes of her conceiving, is unknown and probably unknowable. She did, however, leavea mark as a patron of literature and several works, including a bestiary by Philip de Thaon, were dedicatedto her. She is said to have commissioned a verse biography of King Henry; if she did it is no longer extant.When Henry died on 1 December 1135, Adeliza retired for a while to the monastery of Wilton, near Salisbury. She was present at the dedication of Henry's tomb at Reading Abbey on the first anniversary of his death.Adeliza spent her final years in the abbey of Affligem (landgraviat of Brabant), which she richly rewardedwith landed estates (three English villages called Ideswordam, Westmerendonam and Aldeswurda, probably near to Arundel). She died in the abbey and was buried in the abbey church next to her father,duke Godfrey I of Leuven (d.1139). The abbey necrology situates her tombstone next to the clockwork. An18th century floor plan of the church shows her tombstone located halfway up the left nave. Her grave wasdemolished however during the French Revolution (abt. 1798). Her bones had been found and she wasreburied in the cloister of the re-erected Affligem abbey.
- b. before 1150, m.
MATILDA St. HILARY,
d. 24 Dec. 1193II. Reynor-
V. Alice- m.1. Jean d'Eu, 2. Alvred de St. Martin, d. 1188
VI. Olivia- d.s.p., bur. Boxgrove Priory, Lewes, Sussex
VII. Agatha- d.s.p., bur. Boxgrove Priory, Lewes, Sussex
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4I. WILLIAM (ROGER 1, WILLIAM 2, WILLIAM 3)
b. before 1150m.
MATILDA St. HILARY
- d. of James de St. Hilaire and Aveline bur. Wymondham Priory, Norfolk William d'Aubigny, 2nd Earl of Arundel succeeded to the title of Earl of Sussex in 1176/77. He succeededto the title of 2nd Earl of Arundel on 27 June 1190. He held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Windsor Castle in 1191. He was one of the receivers for the money raised for the King's raised in 1194.
- b. before 1180, m.
MABEL of CHESTER
(b.c.1173), d. 1 Feb. 1221II. Matilda- m. William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey