Relational Analysis, Part 2
Pierre II (45)
Pierre II, lord of Fussigny, ruled from 1239 to 1260, and appears in the charter from 1253 to 1262. As with previous examples above, the discrepancy on this latter date is most likely due to scribal or editorial error, but could be deliberate. Pierre is the recipient of support from a small, possibly feudal, network.
William de Antogniaco (48)
The second of our named canons of Laon, William appears in the cartulary only in 1240. Nothing further is known about him.
Raoul de Buirefontaine is not the most important member of his network, but instead is the link between two networks, that of Nicholas III of Rumigny (d. ca.1179) and Gerard Ravars. Raoul appears in the cartulary in 1187 only.
Jean I de Châtillon (55)
Jean I de Châtillon, Count of Blois and Lord of Avesnes and Guise, ruled from 1241 to 1279 or 1280, and appears in the cartulary as a supporting figure to a feudal network in 1260 only. He was a major actor in thirteenth century France, uniting the powerful family of Châtillon with the counts of Blois in marriage. Jean was also appointed Defender of the Realm under King Phillip III.
Raoul and Enguerrand IV (56)
Raoul, lord of Marle, and Enguerrand, lord of Coucy, appear together in a charter in which the latter confirms and re-issues rights granted to Foigny by the former. Enguerrand IV was one of the most powerful nobles in the north of France, not only lord of Coucy from 1250, but also viscount of Meaux and lord of Montmirail, Crèvercoeur, Oisy, Marle, La Fère, Crépy, and Vervins. He made many significant contributions to religious houses before his death in 1311, possibly as atonement for his notorious cruelty.
Jean de Busancy (57)
Jean, canon of both Laon and Meaux, is the third named canon of Laon in the cartulary, and also the only one who apparently held two benefices, a practice that would become more popular as the thirteenth century wore on. He appears in the cartulary from 1216 to 1228.
Barthélemy de Jur (64)
A member of the Roucy family, and occasionally erroneously called ‘de Vir’ by nineteenth century historians, Barthélemy was bishop of Laon from 1113 to 1150 and a monk at Foigny from 1150 until his death in 1158. He took over the see of Laon at a particularly troubled time, his predecessor having been murdered at the cathedral altar. Barthélemy’s episcopate was defined by the attempt to pacify the region, through the foundation of monastic houses including Foigny, the formation of the commune of Laon, and alliances with noble families, such as those which appear in his network.