Heilwig van Rode appears to be the Niece of Godfrey de Bouillon who is kin to the Counts of Leuven and the Dukes of Brabant – an area that sent many warriors to fight in the Crusades. Godfrey was given this land, that included Den Bosch, to rule, along with Bouillon. Is it possible the Swan Brethren honored Godfrey in regards to he being a Swan Knight?
When I went to Christine’s house for her funeral in 1994, I beheld a huge nural over the fireplace. Vicki told me when our sister gave a tour of her Pebble Beach home, she would end it before this image of Godfrey entering Jerualem, and declare;
“And, this is my mad brother!”
When the Bentons went looking for a new home, the realator said upon learning they were artists;
“Boy, do I have just the house for you!”
Were the previous owners kin to Godfrey, or, did they belong to some order that honored him, such as the Knight Templars. What amazed me, is this image appears in the book ‘Holy Blood, Holy Grail’ fom wence Dan Brown got his ‘The Da Vinci Code’ a book I first read in 1991.
When you consider that the Bentons were the foremonst Masonic family in America, one has to consider if there really is a Holy Grail and Holy Bloodline that collected and controled all the art in the world, along with famous artists.
I posted the following in 2006.
Ida of Boulogne was the sister of Godfrey de Boulogne. She married
Herman of Malsen van Cuijk/Cuyck. Their daughter, Heilwig, married
Arnold van Rode, thus the niece of Godfrey Bouillon was a van
Rode/Roesmont. Ida’s mother was Ida of Lorraine. The name Ida may
have come from Saint Oda a Scotish Princess who came to Holland. The
Rode family appear to have taken their name from the town and church
they built for this princess, Saint Odenrode. Rode means clearing in
a forest. An elevated place within this glade would be a mound, thus
the name, Rodemound.
“huwelijk (van Rode-van Cuijk):”
Godfrey de Bouillon was titled `Duke of Lorraine’. The Dukes of
Lorraine descend from Ragnar the Viking and are close kin to the
Dukes of Brabant, if not the same family, thus the crossbeams in the
Cross of Lorraine?
There are about a dozen Ida or Oda names that may have been taken
from Saint Oda of Scotland. Robert de Bruce descends from Ida of
Louvain. Maud of Louvain married Count Eustace of Bouillon, and thus
is the great grandmother of Heilwig Roesmont.whose Roesmont
descendant may have carried on her name and that of her husband,
Arnold van Rode.
“Heilwigis Arnoldi Danielis ROESMONT [Parents] married Arnoldus
VAN DER POIRTEN, Arnoldus Rover ”
There is a line of Arnold van Kleef (Cleves). Were they the
progenitors the Countess of Cleves throws in the face of Elsa of
Brabant the wife of Hylas, the Swan Knight, only to have him reveal
his own Arnolds? Could they be the same?
Beatrice de Bar married Geofrey the Duke of Lorraine. Beatrice if a
Ferrette who owned Rougemont castle. Here is where the genealogical
search for the source of the Rosamond name, ends, for they belong to
the same family that begot Godfrey de Bouillon, a co-founder of the
Knight Templars, and perhaps the first king of Jerusalem whose large
portrait hung over my late sister’s mantle, she the world famous
I suspect Saint Oda may have originally been a Queen of the Frisians
who born a liniage of Roses, and the Lords of Rode. That Godfrey’s
sister, Ida, is disappeared from most geneaologies, along with his
niece Heilwig van Rode, tells me there is a REAL ROSE LINE that could
have been revelead by the Swan Knight.
“The Swan Knight’s adventures bring him to the defense of the
dispossessed Duchess of Bouillon, whose land has been seized by
Regnier (Ragnar) of Saxony, whom he challenges to a duel. The Swan
Knight defeats Regnier and wins the daughter of the Duchess in
marriage. They have a daughter, Ida, who can see the future and knows
that she is destined to be the mother of Eustace, Godfrey, and
On May 9, 2006 I posted on Atland, the Frisian Atlantis. The Frisians
were ruled by Rosamond, the Earth Goddess Mother. Was her mythical
being based on Saint Odarode?
This post is my capstone. Like a blind man I have been groping in the
dark, moving forward, and never wavering. I came to touch the statue
of Oda the blind saint, and all is revealed, all I have written made
clear in what can surely be titled `The Prophecy of Rhodemond’.
Consider the name of Rhodos’s father and the name of the Swan Knight,
RHODOS (Rhodos), was, according to Diodorus (v. 55), a daughter of
Poseidon and Halia, and sometimes called Rhode.
Now, with sword in hand, and the flag of Oedenrode, I come to Carmel.
And kick down the door of the Rosamond gallery, and claim it in the
name of my Rode family; for no sooner was my artistic sister dead,
did the parasites get rid of the surviving artist in the family.
Within twenty four hours, we were gone, and the feeding frenzy of the
un-gifted ones began.
As the Red Knight of the Lords of Rode, who were close kin to
Godfrey, I challenge my powerfyll foes, bid them to come out of their
dark hiding place, and face me like a man.
I have recovered my child and grandchild in my recent trip to Santa
Rosa. “All’s well, that ends well.”
Lord of the Risen Kingdom of Rhode
First records of the settlement called Rhode date from the year 500.
Sint-Oedenrode was a small settlement on an elevated place near the
river Dommel. The settlements on both riverbanks (Rhode and Eerschot)
merged into one larger settlement.
In the 11th century the Lords of Rhode build a castle on the elevated
area (during excavations in 2005 remains of the castle were
uncovered, proving the early records to be valid). The Eerschot part
of the settlement constructed the first church (the church has been
rebuild many times over the centuries, the early base can still be
seen in the church which is nowadays named ‘Knoptoren’).
The settlement thrived and became an important place in the region.
Sint-Oedenrode was granted city status in 1232 by the Duke of Brabant
(at that time Hendrik I of Brabant). This promoted Sint-Oedenrode to
the capital of the Peel (the name of the region in North Brabant).
RHODE (Rhodê),a daughter of Poseidon by Amphitrite, was married to
Helios, and became by him the mother of Phaeton and his sisters
(Apollod. i. 4. § 4). It should be observed that the names Rhodos and
Rhode are often confounded (Diod. v. 55).
The granddaughter of Lambert I of Louvain married Eustace I of Boulogne, and they had for a son, Eustace II, father of Godfrey de Bouillon. Therefore, one line from Lambert led to the Bruces, and another to the first Templar king of Jerusalem. This is now becoming very good evidence that Cohens were behind the Templar movement. As the Templar cross was red on white, it would seem better to say that it was a Hohen movement, even as Hohens (as rulers of Prussia) were behind the Jerusalem Bishopric, starting in 1842, that was an integral part of the start of modern Zionism. The Prussian flag uses a black phoenix, the symbol also of the Hohenstaufens, and of Epirus as well ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussia ).
Lambert, son of Reginar III Count of Hainault was the first one to claim the title of Count of Leuven. He married Gerberge of Lower Lotharingia.
After his death, on the advice of Gerard I, bishop of Cambrai, the new German King Henry II appointed, in 1012, Godfrey II of Verdun as the next duke of Lower Lotharingia he was seen as a strong military leader to defend the border with Francia. He was supported in that by his brothers Gothelo, margrave of Antwerp and Herman margrave of Ename (see Lotharinia).
He bypassed his brother-in-law Lambert I of Leuven. Lambert was severely disappointed and was more or less in a constant state of war with Godfrey II and Reginar V of Hainault. Godfrey killed Lambert at Florennes (Namur) on September 12 1015.
There are strong indications that the early castle of Leuven stood where now the Great Beguines Court is. We visited this city within the city in 2005, a great place to wander around and marvel at the magnificent 17th century architecture. Lambert I founded the St Peter’s church, which we of course also visited.
As the name will be used extensively in this section it should be noted that in French speaking Brabant of those days the official name of Godfrey was Godefroi.
Leuven strengthening regional power
The disintegration of the Duchy of Lotharingia during the 11th and 12th century resulted in an ongoing struggle between the various fragmented territories namely, the County of Flanders the oldest ‘independent’ territory the Bishopric of Liège, the Duchies of Leuven, Limburg and Luxembourg, the counties of Hainault and of course what was left of the old Duchy of Lotharingia.
The subsequent wars devastated the area; the war lords put a lot of effort in wasting each other’s lands; this in turn led to severe famine and epidemics. Especially the St Anthony’s fire (ergotism) caused by a fungus in grains, resulting in internal bleedings and gangrene effecting toes and fingers; a severe epidemic struck Nijvel (Nivelle) in 1095 -especially of course the poor. This devastation has also been mentioned as a key reason why the First Crusade proportionally attracted such a large proportion from these regions; people eager to escape the local misery.
The County of Leuven was only first mentioned in 1003 and it possible that in the power vacuum Lambert simply gave himself the title of Count of Leuven. Lambert was a member of the powerful Reginars who where the rulers of the valley of the Meuse and they also had territories in the Ardennes. Through their military power, they rapidly became the ‘natural’ rulers of the region.
Counts of Leuven
Lambert I 1003 – 1015
Henry I 1015 – 1038
Otto 1038 – 1041
Lambert II 1041 – 1054, Balderik of Leuven
Henry II 1054 – 1079
Henry III 1079 – 1095
Godfrey VI 1095 – 1139 (also known as Godfrey I and Godfrey V)
Godfrey VII 1139–1142 (also known as Godfrey II and Godfrey VI)
Godfrey VIII 1142–1190 (also known as Godfrey III and Godfrey VII)
As we saw above Lambert was killed by Godfrey in yet another war in 1015. His son Henry I of Leuven succeeded him (1015-1038). He was killed by a knight who has had held captive in Leuven. He was succeeded by his son Otto I, who only reigned for three years. The county now went to his uncle Lambert II.
His other son Herman II became Count Palatine of Lotharingia (and in charge of the mark Ename/Brabant) see XXXX
After the border conflicts of Ename Lambert II of Leuven founded the 2nd administrative centre in his Duchy in Brussels. He also founded here the capital church of St Goedele on the place of the old cultus spot dedicated to St Michael. Shortly after this, a fortress was built on the hill ‘Koudenberg’. In 2005, we visited the very impressive (underground) ruins of this castle.
Hadewich van Oss
One of the members of the Noble family van Oss is also linked to the St Goedele. The daughter of Willem van Oss, Lady Hadewich van Oss, who died in 1556, was married to Knight Philips Hinkaert, Lord of Lille, mayor of Brussels, chancellor of Philip I of Castile; he also was a churchwarden of St Goedele.
The Count Henry II of Leuven was most probably married to Adele the daughter of Count Everard of the Betuwe. It was most probably Adele, who brought in two properties in Orthen on the river Meuse; a century later the city of s’ Hertogenbosch would be founded here.
Counts of Leuven and Landgraves of Brabant
The German Emperor Henry IV ‘invented’ a new way to pay the knights and local nobility for military services. For this he created the title of landgrave. He simply carved a region out of existing counties and duchies and put it directly under his overlordship, this than was given in fief to the new vassal.
Brabant is most probably the first of such landgraves in the German Empire. This area had only recently, but rapidly, come to the fore as an important boarder region.
This imperial fief was, around 1085/1086 assigned to Count Henry III of Leuven; more exactly after the death of the preceding Count Palatine Herman II.
Henry III was married to Gertrudis the daughter of Robert de Fries, count of Flanders. Their granddaughter Adelaide of Leuven’s daughter Beatrice (of Burgundy) became the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.
Henry dies at a Tournament in Tournai and was succeeded by Godfrey I in 1085.
The title of Landgrave of Brabant was, at that time, for the first time mentioned in a document of the Abbey of Affligem (which was founded by Henry III).
Apart from Leuven this also included Brussels and Nijvel as well as the newly acquired areas at the Meuse. This was not a united territory but a patchy collection of properties. The landgrave was limited to the area between the rivers Dender and Zenne.
The table below lists the Dukes of Lower Lotharingia during the time that Brabant was carved out of the region and elevated to a landgraviate. They also had the titles of: Counts of Leuven and Brussels, and Markgraves of Antwerp.
Denis «le Marquis de Lacaze»
(Denis Charles Henri GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU DE LACAZE)
(Denis GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU DE LACAZE)
Marquis DE LACAZE, Académie des Jeux Floraux(Mainteneur), Chevalier de l’Ordre de Saint Louis
Né le 15 juillet 1773 (jeudi)
Décédé le 25 mai 1830 (mardi) , à l’âge de 56 ans
Commissaire des guerres
conseiller général puis député des Landes (1822-1827).
Charles GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU, Écuyer ca 1740
M Magdeleine Thérèse HUCHEDÉ ca 1750
Union(s) et enfant(s)
Marié en 1798 avec Charlotte Emilie D’ABADIE DE LIVRON ca 1780 (Parents : Y D’ABADIE DE LIVRON ca 1745 & Jeanne GILLET DE LACAZE ca 1755) , dont
Charlotte Laure GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU DE LACAZE ca 1798
X2 GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU DE LACAZE ca 1802
Ernest Eugène GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU DE LACAZE ca 1810
Frères et sœurs
Denis «le Marquis de Lacaze» GAULDRÉE-BOILEAU, Marquis DE LACAZE 1773-1830
Louis Joseph Emmanuel GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU 1776-1848
Jean Baptiste Charles GAULDRÉE-BOILLEAU, X Commandant de l’École Polytechnique 1782-1857
fut commissaire des guerres et connu sous le nom de marquis de Lacaze, titre provenant d’une terre apportée en dot par son épouse, qui lui venait de sa mère Jeanne Gillet de Lacaze.
01 avril 1810 : Boileau annonce à son destinataire qu’il vient d’être nommé commissaire ordonnateur à Grenoble à la place de Lesquers : “(…) Je suis sur que les relations qui vont s’établir entre nous, seront toujours agréables, parce qu’à l’amour de mes camarades, je joins celui du bien du service, et que sous le rapport du zèle, de l’exactitude et des autres qualités qui doivent caractériser le fonctionnaire public, je n’aurai jamais qu’à me louer de vous (…).”
Commissaire ordonnateur, officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Denis-Charles-Henri Gauldrée-Boileau, marquis de Lacaze (1773-1830) sera à la Restauration membre du conseil général des Landes, élu député royaliste 1827-1827 face au général Lamarque ; il soutint le ministère de Villèle, se fit remarquer dans la défense de la loi sur le sacrilège.
A cette époque en 1810, son fils (**sic) Jean-Baptiste était officier d’artillerie en Espagne ; il sera l’aide de camp de Macdonald pendant les Campagnes de Russie et d’Allemagne, finira sa carrière commandant de Polytechnique (1840-1844) et promu lieutenant-général.
Belle vignette à l’aigle impériale. Collection Guillemin.