Brictric son of Algar was a powerful Saxon thegn whose many English landholdings, mostly in the Westcountry, are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.


According to the account by the Continuator of Wace and others,[1] in his youth Brictric declined the romantic advances of Matilda of Flanders (c. 1031 – 1083), later wife of King William the Conqueror, and his great fiefdom was thereupon seized by her.

Whatever the truth of the matter, years later when she was acting as Regent for William the Conqueror in England, she used her authority to confiscate Brictric's lands and threw him into prison, where he died.[2]

Samuel Lysons in his Magna Britannia refers to a Godeva as being the 'widow of Brictric, in dower' of two manors in Devon in a footnote to his table of the general division of property at the time of the Domesday survey.[3]

Brictric's other lands were granted after Matilda's death in 1083 by her eldest son King William Rufus (1087–1100) to Robert FitzHamon (died 1107),[4] the conqueror of Glamorgan, whose daughter and sole heiress Maud (or Mabel) FitzHamon brought them to her husband Robert de Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester (pre-1100-1147), a natural son of Matilda's younger son King Henry I (1100–1135). Thus Brictric's fiefdom became the feudal barony of Gloucester.[5]

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