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Simon I de Saint Liz
2nd Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton. He is said to be a son of Ranulph the Rich, a Norman. He appears to have come to England early in the reign of William II. Presumably in consequence of his marriage he became earl of Huntingdon and Northampton after 1086, for he is not named in the Domesday Book, and in or before 1090, when he witnessed a charter to Bath Abbey as ÒEarl Simon.Ó He fought for William in Normandy in 1098 and was taken prisoner by Louis, son of the French King. On the accession of Henry I in 1100 he witnessed the charter of liberties issued by the King at his coronation. He built the castle of Northampton. He took the cross and went to Jerusalem. He returned safely, but setting out again he died on the way at the Cluniac Priory of La Charite-sur-Loire, and was buried there. His body was later removed to St. Neots and buried in the priory there. The date of his death is uncertain.
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