"A minor at his father's death, Longespée was knighted by his cousin Henry III at Gloucester at Whitsuntide 1233, but he must have attained his majority before that since Henry had intended to knight him at Easter 1230. Moreover, in March 1230 Countess Ela was instructed to surrender to William all the lands she held of inheritance as the wife of William (I) Longespée, along with other properties granted to her son by Henry in 12289; and in November 1230 William paid homage for the lands claimed by his wife, Idonea, as of hereditary right. Earlier that year, he had accompanied Henry III on his ill-fated expedition to Brittany. This was his first taste of military action, and for the rest of his short life he was to be closely associated with his royal cousin, largely in a military capacity. In the autumn of 1233, during the rebellion of Richard Marshal, earl of Pembroke, he was at Henry's side in the operations against the Welsh and other supporters of the earl. In 1234 he was engaged in the pursuit and arrest of Peter des Rivaux. After returning from his first crusade (discussed below), he played a leading role in Henry III's expedition to Gascony in 12423. The number of royal charters he attested there, and the fact that he generally heads the list of lay witnesses, indicates his high standing in the king's regard and counsels. He fought at the battle of Saintes (July 1242), and was appointed captain of a number of subsequent operations, including the raid into Périgord in late 1242 and the siege of Garro in 1243. Back in England, Longespée went in royal service to Wales in June 1245, in response to the Welsh rising of 12445 under Dafydd ap Llywelyn." (Ref: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
Biography of William Longespee
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On 11 Oct 2018 at 19:12 GMT Cheryl Aselin wrote:
On 9 Dec 2016 at 10:19 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:
Ela was still alive. According to Diana Trenchard (Women of Dorset 1994) She was Countess in her own right. Trenchard states that when Ela retired to Lacock she petitioned the King to allow William to assume the title but Henry refused (and would have received income from her Canford estates since a nun could not) In 1247, William went to Rome to petition pope to allow her to receive the income but to no avail. He died before her He funded crusade by granting 4 year leases on land and a charter to the town of Poole (wikpedia also quotes plea to pope , this confirms he wasn't an Earl) Her Grandson also died before Ela resulting in the title being inherited by g grandau, Margaret.