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Even if Beryl Platts is correct, the question still remains what it was that brought a 'de Verdun' to Normandy.
One potential connection could have been through 'Richard of Verdun', Abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Vanne from 1004-1046.
Duke of Lower and later Upper Lorraine and Count of Verdun, who died in 1044. The relevance of 'Bouillon' is because Duke Godfrey III's daughter Ida's second son was Godfrey of Bouillon, who gained everlasting fame in the First Crusade.
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.
The intention is that further reading of the text, ensuing reflection and research and simple moments of freer time may result in these gaps being 'plugged', enabling a fuller picture to be revealed in due course.
Consequently, the text below will have unedited errors and will be being updated as and when there is time to add new information or correct and edit the current text.
The more their antecedents are studied, the plainer it becomes that they were non-Normans, almost certainly recruited by the new French dynasty from the remnants of a Carolingian system of government further east, to teach the raw and lawless Normans some of the traditional ways of civilised life.
This old connection between the Earls and the de Verduns continued to be maintained over many generations, as is detailed ame the focus of their power and their Barony.
But they also gained lands in many other counties and in Ireland, and branches of the family became established across the country, including the de Verdun family of Norfolk, who established another de Verdun Barony there.
This manor had been held previously by Goda, daughter of Emma of Normandy by her husband King Æthelred the Unready and therefore a full sister of Edward the Confessor.
Goda's second husband (her first had been Count Drogo of the Véxin), Count Eustace II of Boulogne, married afterwards Ida the daughter of Godfrey III, who is said to have been Bertram de Verdun's father.