Crispin de la Rochefoucauld

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While on campaign in Flanders in 1317-18 Guy VII Baron de la Rochefoucauld sired a child his mother named Crispin before she was sent to Couvent des Carmes de La Rochefoucauld for her maintenance. Guy gave him the de la Rochefoucauld name, but since the boy was a bastard, he could not give him an inheritance. The child was raised at the monastery in Hospitael Flanders. This open admission of infidelity began the pathway to his excommunication by Aiguelin de Blaye the Bishop of Angoulême. While in service to the King of France (Jean II) Guy died at his side at the Battle of Poitiers (1356). Crispin was never to be officially recognized by his nine legitimate siblings. Crispin studied with the priests and was learning to make his way as a clerk when in 1332 members of the order of St John visited the monastery for a month or so and Crispin, who was liked by some of the monks, was taught to handle a sword as much as his other duties allowed. The orders duties brought them through the area frequently after that and Crispin sought training when there was time. In April of 1337 Phillip the King of France proclaimed an arrière-ban, a call to war and in the two years following trade began to dry up as England shut off the wool supply that fed Flanders textile economy and Crispin left in pursuit of employment.

Sör Crispin de la Rochefoucauld began his career as a rapier combatant before picking up armored combat, eventually becoming squired to Count Alaric le Fevre. Over the years, he has worn a number of hats within the Society including event steward, mead maker, illuminator, quartermaster, and woodworker. He was an armored champion of the Cleftlands and served as their standard bearer after which he was the Northern Oaken regional commander for a run of three years. Although he later adopted a 12th century Turkish noble persona, taking the surname "al-Rumi" (of Rome), he later returned to his wayward Flemmish ways. He was elevated to the order of Chivalry in AS 48 by his Majesty Lucien Phillip de Bordeaux, becoming the 227th Knight of the Middle Kingdom. In the summer of AS 52, Crispin and Gianna Vettori became the 5th fief holders of the Barony of the Cleftlands in service to the crown of the Middle kingdom.

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