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Geoffroy IV de Rancon[1]

Male - 1194

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  • Name Geoffroy IV de Rancon 
    Gender Male 
    Military May 1179  Taillebourg, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siege of Château de Taillebourg 
    • "The Rancon family had participated in the revolts of 1168 and 1173-4, and, like the Taillefers, may well have been disturbed by the advance of Angevin power in the valley of the Charente, from Saintes eastwards through Cognac towards Angoulême. Geoffrey de Rancon's great castles at Taillebourg and Pons were well sited to disrupt communications between Bordeaux, Saintes and La Rochelle." Duke Richard captured the impregnable Taillebourg in 10 days, a feat which "establish[ed] him once and for all as an acknowledged expert in the vital art of siege warfare...." [2]
    Taillebourg Castle
    Taillebourg Castle
    Died Dec 1194 
    Person ID I19923  Dickinson
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 

    Father Geoffroy III de Rancon,   d. ca. 1153 
    Relationship Birth 
    Relationship Birth 
    • Geoffroy's wife is not identified in the record. The couple had three children.
    Family ID F4628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S422] Richard I (English Monarchs Series), John Gillingham, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), 61.