Wednesday, 1 January 2014



 The Boterel family was badly mauled, particularly in the early years.

The empire of the Norman and Angevin kings had consisted of England, Wales and a large part of modern France. The politically-inept King John had managed to lose most of the French possessions by 1220. His successors had not managed to regain them, much to the French king’s pleasure.

But Edward III was made of sterner stuff and established a foothold in Normandy by taking Crécy in 1336. As vassals, the Breton Boterels fought for the French side, while the vassals of the three great English branches – Cornwall, Shropshire and Richmond fought in the English army.

So far, I’ve been able to identify two English combatants – Lord Henry Boterell (son of Lord Thomas of Aston Boterel in Shropshire), who died at the battle of Poitiers 1366, and Baron William Bottreaux of Boscastle, who fought at Agincourt 1415 with Henry V.

But the French branch suffered much worse, losing three generations in battle:-

Joffroi Boterel II, Sieur de Quintin – died at La Roche Derrien 1347

Jean Boterel II, Sieur de Quintin – died at Mauron 1352

Joffroi Boterel III, Sieur de Quintin – died at Auray 1364 

You’ll be able to read about them in my third book, or you can consult my notes and my first book at  

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