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Platts argues persuasively that a number of leading Norman nobles who settled in Scotland, like the de Brus family, were members of exiled or émigré noble families from Flanders, who had become tenants of lands in Normandy before 1066. He was in the service of William de Warlaing, and perhaps acted as his second-in-command.
On pages 59-60, in a discussion about the feudal tenants in the Cotentin, she writes:"The lordly names, all assumed to belong to Normans because Normandy is where they were in 1066, must have their antecedents probed. William de Jumièges, who supplied that information, added that he was married to a sister of Thurstan Goz.
Véronique Gazeau mentions this in Volume 1 of her 'Normannia Monastica' (page 238), writing: HUGUES DE FLAVIGNY, Chronicon Hugonis monachi Virdunensis et Divionensis, abbatis Flaviniacensis, PERTZ (éd.), dans MGH, Scriptores, t.
VIII, 1848, c.28 : «Hac crescente discordia, comitatum pater Richardus adire compellitur...
Another story relates that Bertram's forebear, called Norman de Verdun, arrived in Normandy in the suite of Rollo, first Duke of Normandy, but this is likely to be a mix-up with the 'Norman de Verdun' who was a grandson of Bertram I de Verdun, and it would be odd for Rollo the Viking to arrive with another Norseman who bore such an un-Scandinavian name as 'de Verdun'.
A book by historian and heraldic expert Beryl Platts - 'Scottish Hazard, Volume Two: The Flemish Heritage' (latest edition 1990) - supports the story of the de Verdun family of Normandy's descent from the Counts of Verdun-sur-Meuse in Lorraine. "The first Bigod..Robert 'le Bigot', grandfather of the girls who would marry the two Williams d'Aubigny.
A more recent, extensive and in-depth history of the family was published in 2001:', by Mark Haggar.
It is a valuable and much appreciated addition to the many texts that enlighten our knowledge of the de Verduns, but its understandable focus on the main line of the family means that it omits useful data from French historical sources and therefore mention of what might be the senior branch of the family, who continue to reside in Normandy, and whose story continued to connect with England, during the times that Normandy was ruled by that country's kings.
He and his knights were the first to take the walls and enter Jerusalem and he was subsequently persuaded to become ruler of Jerusalem, having refused to be made its king.
In the case of Richard le Goz, the appointment's implications would be softened for William of Normandy because Richard has married his half sister, Emma de Conteville.