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Alice de Warenne
Countess of Arundel
Spouse Edmund Fitzalan, 9th Earl of Arundel
Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel
Edward Fitzalan
Alice Fitzalan
Joan Fitzalan
Aline Fitzalan
John Fitzalan
Catherine Fitzalan
Elizabeth Fitzalan
Eleanor Fitzalan
Noble family de Warenne
Father William de Warenne
Mother Joan de Vere
Born 15 June 1287
Died 23 May 1338 (aged 50)

Alice de Warenne, Countess of Arundel (15 June 1287 – 23 May 1338) was a noble English heiress to the Earldom of Surrey, and wife of Edmund Fitzalan, 9th Earl of Arundel.



Alice, the only daughter of William de Warenne and Joan de Vere, was born on 15 June 1287 in Warren, Sussex, six months after her father was accidentally killed in a tournament on 15 December 1286. On the death of her paternal grandfather, John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey in 1304, her only sibling John de Warenne, 8th Earl of Surrey succeeded. He became estranged from his childless wife and they never reconciled, leaving Alice and her issue heirs to the Surrey estates and title.

Marriage to the Earl of Arundel

In 1305, Alice married Edmund Fitzalan, 9th Earl of Arundel, the son of Richard Fitzalan, 8th Earl of Arundel and Alice of Saluzzo. They had nine recorded children. Their chief residence was Arundel Castle in Sussex.

Arundel inherited his title on 9 March 1302 upon his father's death.[1] He was summoned to Parliament as Lord Arundel in 1306, and was later one of the Lords Ordainers. He also took part in the Scottish wars.

The Earl of Arundel and his brother-in-law John de Warenne were the only nobles who remained loyal to King Edward II, after Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March returned to England in 1326. He had allied himself to the King's favourite Hugh le Despenser, and agreed to the marriage of his son to Despenser's granddaughter. Arundel had previously been granted many of the traitor Mortimer's forfeited estates, and was appointed Justice of Wales in 1322 and Warden of the Welsh Marches in 1325. He was also made Constable of Montgomery Castle which became his principal base.

The Earl of Arundel was captured in Shropshire by the Queen's party.[2] On 17 November 1326 in Hereford, Arundel was beheaded by order of the Queen, leaving Alice de Warenne a widow. Her husband's estates and titles were forfeited to the Crown following Arundel's execution, but later restored to her eldest son, Richard.

Alice died on 23 May 1338. She was not quite fifty-one years old. Her brother died in 1347 without legitimate issue, thus the title of Surrey eventually passed to Alice's son, Richard.

Her many descendants included Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn, Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Dukes of Norfolk.

Arundel Castle, the principal residence of the Earls of Arundel

List of children

  1. Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel, known as Copped Hat, (1306 Arundel Castle, Sussex – 24 January 1376), also succeeded to the title of Earl of Surrey on 12 April 1361. He married firstly Isabel le Despenser, whom he later repudiated, and was granted an annulment by Pope Clement VI. He had a son Edmund who was bastardised by the annulment. His second wife, whom he married on 5 February 1345, by Papal dispensation, was Eleanor of Lancaster, the daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud Chaworth. She was the widow of John de Beaumont, 2nd Lord Beaumont. Richard and Eleanor had three sons and four daughters, including Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel and Joan Fitzalan, Countess of Hereford.
  2. Edward Fitzalan (1308–1398)
  3. Alice Fitzalan (born 1310), married John de Bohun, 5th Earl of Hereford.
  4. Joan Fitzalan (born 1312), married Warin Gerard, Baron L'Isle.
  5. Aline Fitzalan (1314–1386), married Roger le Strange, 6th Baron Strange of Knockin. Had issue.
  6. John Fitzalan (born 1315)
  7. Catherine Fitzalan (died 1376), married firstly Andrew Peverell, and secondly Henry Hussey of Cockfield. Had issue by her second husband.
  8. Elizabeth Fitzalan (1320–1389), married William Latimer, 4th Baron Latimer. Had one daughter, Elizabeth.
  9. Eleanor Fitzalan



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