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Lord Fulk Fitz Warin, III[1]

Male 1160 - 1258  (98 years)


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  • Name Fulk Fitz Warin 
    Prefix Lord 
    Suffix III 
    Relationshipwith Kathleen Alice Jones-Rouse
    Born 1160 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Fitz Warren 
    Also Known As Fouke Fitz Waryn 
    Also Known As Fulke 
    Also Known As Robin Hood 
    Stories and Notes Fulk III FitzWarin – The Real Robin Hood

    Fulk III was brought up at the court of King Henry II, most likely as a noble page. There he became friends with the young prince John – the same John Lackland who would later become king. But during their youth, the friendship went awry, and Fulk and John became enemies.

    The legend says that their animosity was born from a game of chess – young John broke the chessboard over Fulk’s head and was punished and humiliated by a whipping. John would never forgive this. After they quarreled over it this fight would remain strong throughout their lives. So, when John unexpectedly became king, Fulk was placed in a bad position.
    At the time when Fulk III became Lord FitzWarin, Whittington Castle was held by Maurice de Powis. As soon as his father died, Fulk III offered a feudal relief in hopes of regaining his inheritance of Whittington.
    But the son of Maurice de Powis, Roger, offered half of that sum, under pressure from King John. This was done to spite Fulk III. One year later, Fulk III FitzWarin rebelled against the king. This disinherited and disrespected marcher lord took to the woods in 1201 AD.

    He renounced his liege and gathered a handful of supporters – a retinue of some 50 men, and the support of several nobles. These included Eustace de Kivilly, Gilbert de Duure, Fulk’s brothers William, John, and Phillip, Sir William Marsh, and many more.

    Historical accounts on this rebellion are not thorough, and much of it was summarized in the ‘ancestral romance’ of Fulk III FitzWarin – a romanticized account of his adventures. What we do know is that the rebellion must have been of some significance – King John ordered his justiciar, the powerful lord Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent, with a force of 100 knights, to descend upon Fulk and hunt him down.
    The events during the rebellion itself are not known. What the legends say is fictionalized, but perhaps rooted in history. The famous medieval ‘romance’ which was titled Fouke le Fitz Waryn recounts many of his daring adventures, most of which are identical to the latter legend of Robin Hood . This leads to the possibility that the popular hero Robin Hood is in fact the fictionalized account of Fulk III FitzWarin.
    One such story speaks of how Fulk and his merry band of outlaws disguised themselves as peasants and coal burners and chanced upon King John and his hunting party in a forest. Masking his appearance, Fulk claims to the king that he spotted a magnificent great-horned elk and would lead the hunting party to it. He then leads them into an ambush and his merry men capture the king and his knights. 
    To Lady Kathleen Great GrandParent 
    Died 1258 
    Person ID I4356  Enchanted Family Tree
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2020 

    Family Baroness Butler Maud Le Vavasour,   d. Bef 1126 
    Married 1 Oct 1207  , Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Fulk Fitz Warin,   b. Abt 1210, Alveston, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1264, , , , Ouse River Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F2385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • The historical Fulk, or Fulk III FitzWarin, was a Marcher Lord who rebelled against King John from 1200 to 1203 over his familial right to the estate of Whittington. After his death he was the subject of an "ancestral romance", Fouke le Fitz Waryn, which contains a highly embellished account of his life and family history. The bulk of the narrative is concerned with his period as an outlaw, which has various similarities to the later legends of Robin Hood.

      The family had long been struggling to retain the manor of Whittington, of which the crown had deprived them. After his father's death in 1197 Fulk III paid a fine of

  • Sources 
    1. [S169] Wikipedia, Fulk FitzWarin (Reliability: 3).