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From: Dcrdcr4< >
Subject: Re: Judith of Lens
Date: 26 Mar 1999 09:12:13 GMT
In two recent posts, Paul Reed asked that I retract a statement that I made to
the effect that Col. Charles Hansen stated in print that Count Lambert of Lens,
the reputed father of Judith, Countess of Nothumberland, was a ficticious
The truth is that some years ago I happened to be in New York City visiting
with Henry Hoff, a mutual friend of both Col. Hansen and myself. Dr. David
Faris, author of Plantagenet Ancestry, was present at this meeting. Henry,
who is a stickler for accuracy, told us that Col. Hansen doubted the existence
of Count Lambert of Lens. To which BOTH Dr. Faris and I expressed amazement
that any serious scholar would maintain such a position.
Following that meeting, Dr. Faris and I researched the matter in depth. We
found excellent evidence which fully proved Count Lambert's existence.
Likewise we found evidence that Lambert was the father of King William the
Conqueror's niece, Countess Judith.
In due time, Col. Hansen published his opinion on this subject in The
Genealogist, which piece fortunately did not include his earlier position that
Count Lambert of Lens was a ficticious person. However, he still was uncertain
if Count Lambert was Judith's father.
So, Paul, you are correct Col. Hansen never printed that Count Lambert was
ficticious. Rather, he told Henry Hoff who told me. I hope that
satisfactorily explains things. If I created any confusion over the matter,
you have my sincerest apology. Best always, Douglas Richardson
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