I deChâteauneuf-Randon, Seigneur de Châteauneuf de Randon
B. Abt 1105
Why would the family want to cross into England ?
We know the family originates from Lucca (Luca) which had a strong weaving heritage. East Anglia in particular was a major wool and cloth making area.
Their Italian roots would suggest they could speak or at least understand Latin (the language of the Church) Their time in France would also enable them to speak to the Norman rulers in the own tongue. Clearly an advantage in communicating when few Normans wouldn’t belittle themselves by learning the Germanic Anglo Saxon language used by the peasants.
The family built up a close relationship between and St Edmunds Abbey. The Abbey at the time was a major pilgrimage site in Christendom, did some family members visit the Abbey on a pilgrimage and stay? Maybe the weaving opportunities played a big part.
B. 1130 France
Prince de Luc suo juris, Seigneur de Joyeuse jure uxoris, Seigneur de Luc