Geoffrey V (Godefroi) "The Fair" PLANTAGENET, Count of Anjou and Maine, Duke of Normandy
- Born: Aug 24, 1113
- Marriage: Empress Matilda on May 22, 1128 in Le Mans Cathedral, Anjou
- Died: Sep 7, 1151 at age 38
- Buried: St. Julian's Church, Le Mans, Anjou
Geoffrey "the Fair", meaning "the Handsome" was the first to use the Plantagenet name. One story relates that his father, Fulk the Younger atoned for some evil deed by being scourged with broom twigs or planta genista before the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Another story relates that Geoffrey wore a sprig of broom or planta genista in his hat. Regardless, it is generally agreed upon that the family name of "Plantagenet" has its origins with the planta genista or broom plant.
Born on August 24, 1113
Died on September 7, 1151 and interred at St. Julian's Church, Le Mans, Anjou.
The arms of Plantagenet are described by Richard Thomson: "Ancient Arms of Anjou borne by the Plantagenets, who were Earls of that place, of which family King John was descended. Gules, a chief argent over all an escarbuncle, or." Note that:
(1) Shields were sometimes strengthened with iron bands radiating from the centre which eventually became a part of the coat of arms under the term escarbuncle, and;
(2) Geoffrey "the Fair" Plantagenet pictured above doesn't appear to be carrying these arms.
Geoffrey married on May 22, 1127 to Matilda of England who was born in 1104 and died on September 10, 1167. Matilda was the only surviving legitimate child of King Henry I of England. After the death of Henry I in 1135, Geoffrey laid claim to Normandy through his wife Matilda. Meanwhile, Matilda attempted the conquest of England from her cousin King Stephen who had gained the crown. Geoffrey did not accompany her, being still engaged in the conquest of Normandy, which he completed in 1144. In 1147 he undertook a crusade with King Louis VII of France. In 1150, Geoffrey and Matilda ceded Normandy to their son Henry (later King Henry II of England), who founded the English Angevin dynasty. Click on Matilda for her ancestry.
Geoffrey and Mathilda had the following sons:
Henry II Curtmantle, King of England, born March 5, 1132/33. Click Here for this line.
Geoffrey VI, Count of Nantes and Anjou, born June 1, 1134 and d.s.p July 26, 1158
William Longespée (also William Fitz Empress), Vicomte of Dieppe, born July 21, 1136 and died January 30, 1163/64. (not to be confused with his nephew William Longespée , named in the Magna Charta)
(Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, Baltimore, 2004, p. 2 & 3)
Geoffrey was associated with an unknown girlfriend, said by Brian C. Tompsett to be named "Adelaide of Angers". Geoffrey and his girlfriend had a son:
Geoffrey also had two daughters, but the mother is not known:
Emma (or Emme) Plantagenet who married Dafydd Ab Owain , Prince of North Wales
Mary, Abbess of Shaftesbury
The Fair married Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" of England and Queen Matilda (Maude) of Scotland, on May 22, 1128 in Le Mans Cathedral, Anjou. (Empress Matilda was born in Feb 1101 and died on Sep 10, 1167.)