Event: Accusation, Appointment of ealdorman, Army-raising, Birth, Capture, Conspiracy/intent to murder, Imprisonment, Marriage, Message-sending, Monastery, violation of, PlunderingRalph 3-Roger 1.conspiracy at Norwich in 1075

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Description MS D: In this year King William gave to Earl Ralph 3 the daughter of William 3 fitzOsbern [Emma 3]. This same Ralph 3 was Breton on his motherís side, and Ralph 2 his father was English, and was born in Norfolk, and the king therefore gave the earldom there and Suffolk as well to his son. He then took the lady to Norwich. Earl Roger 1 [of Bretueil, second son of William 3 fitzOsbern by his first wife and thus brother of the bride] was there and Earl Waltheof 2 and bishops and abbots, and there they plotted to drive their royal lord of his kingdom. And the king in Normandy was informed about this. Earl Ralph 3 and Earl Roger 1 were the ringleaders in the conspiracy; and they lured the Bretons to their side; and they also sent to Denmark for a naval force. And Roger 1 went west to his earldom [Hereford] and assembled his people for the kingís undoing, as he thought, but it turned out to his own great harm. Ralph 3 also wanted to go forward with the men of his earldom, but the castle garrisons which were in England and also the local people came against them and prevented them all from doing anything; but he was glad to escape to the ships. And his wife remained behind in the castle, and held it until she was given safe-conduct; and then she went out of England, and all her men who wished to go with her. And the king afterwards came to England, and captured Earl Roger 1, his kinsman and put him in prison. And Earl Waltheof 2 went overseas and accused himself and asked for pardon and offered treasure. But the king made light of it until he came to England and then had him captured. And soon after this 200 ships came from Denmark, and the commanders aboard were Cnut 3, son of King Swein 5, and Earl Hakon 2. And they dared not fight with King William 1 but went to York and broke into St Peterís minster and captured a large amount of property there and so departed. But all who took part in this scheme died Ė that is to say the son of Earl Hakon 2 and many others with him.

MS E: In this year King William 1 gave to Earl Ralph 3 the daughter of William 3 fitzOsbern [Emma 3]. This same Ralph 3 was Breton on his motherís side, and Ralph 2 his father was English, and was born in Norfolk, and the king therefore gave the earldom there and Suffolk as well to his son. He then took the lady to Norwich. Earl Roger [of Bretueil, second son of William 3 fitzOsbern by his first wife and thus brother of the bride] was there and Earl Waltheof 2 and bishops and abbots, and there they plotted to expel the king from the realm of England. And soon the king in Normandy was informed about this, how it was planned. It was Earl Roger 1 and Earl Ralph 3 who were the principals in this conspiracy; and they lured the Bretons to their side; and also sent east to Denmark for a naval force to help them. And Roger 1 went west to his earldom [Hereford] and assembled his people for the kingís undoing, but he was prevented. And Ralph 3 also in his earldom wanted to go forward with his people, but the castle garrisons which were in England and also the local people came against him, and brought it about that he did nothing, but went on board ship at Norwich. And his wife was in the castle, and held it until she was given safe-conduct; and then she went out of England and all her men who wished to go with her. And the king afterwards came to England, and seized Earl Roger 1, his kinsman, and imprisoned him, and he seized Earl Waltheof 2 as well. And soon after that 200 ships came from the east from Denmark, and there were two commanders on board, Cnut 3, son of Swein 5, and Earl Hakon 2. And they dared not fight with King William 1 but proceeded overseas to Flanders.
Year 1075
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