I am LOVING and following Dr. Beth Hartland of King's College London who has this to say in her study of the knights of Henry III and William I : " Edward I was fortunate to be able to count men of the calibre of Walter L'Enfant and William de Cauneton among his loyal servants in Ireland. The ties of service that bound these Anglo-Irish knights to their kind were nurtured by their retention as household knights..which lasted through their careers. However these links were not retained by royal effort.. Indeed for Edward I..Ireland was a low priority. Rather it was the efforts of the Anglo-Irish community which maintained those links"
She goes on to say things like : " Why men like Walter L'Enfant 'no less distinguished on the field than in council' opted to remain in royal service. "( little money)...and a way of" getting close to the English court, a more pressing problem in the case of knights like Walter who lacked English land "
Guess we know where they lived and did not live..
also " That Ralph Piperd, Lord of Dysert Meath, Deputized Walter the Younger to deliver seisin of this lands to Edward I..is evidence of the standing of the L'enfants within the Lordship"
so proud of this family..
Dr. Beth Hartland is Editor of the Calendar of Henry III Fine Rolls