1st crusade

 

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Ivo de Grentemaisnil, in the company of Guy Teruassal and a person styled in the old chronicle Lambertus, pauper, escaped from the city of Antioch, when the Crusaders were sore pressed by the Infidels. He and his companions let themselves down over the walls by night, and made their way with all speed towards the sea coast; suffering such hardships in their flight, that the flesh was torn off from their hands and feet. Grentemaisnill, however, contrived to return to England; but being reproached for his dishonorable departure from Palestine, and despairing of ever regaining King Henry's favor, he resolved once more to go to Jerusalem. For this purpose he borrowed 500 marks from the Earl of Mellent, and then set forth on his expedition. His descendants are the Barons of Quiney, and, through Petronilla, the noble house of Montfort; from whom again descend the families of the name now extant. From Matilda, an heiress, came also the Subleys, and Haliwels.

 

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After the death of his father in 1098, he inherited the town and castle of Leicester and additional estates, assuming the title of Sheriff of Leicester. However, Ivo's escape from Antioch was not forgotten and Ivo would go on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land to end the controversy. He and his wife died in 1101-1102 CE on the way to the Holy Land.