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The Boterels had good relations with Henry II, even helping him with his mistress problem. Many attended the coronation, including George Washington’s ancestor. A French princess fell for one of the French Boterels and wrote a famous lay/poem about him. Another of the family helped Thomas Becket arrange a truce. Becket was later murdered; fortunately the family stayed out of it. They still celebrated Samhain, a festival of the Old Religion.
The Battle of Hattin proved disastrous for the Templars, and the Order of Sion split with them at the Cutting of the Elm in 1188. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine detested Sir William Boterel’s wife, though the Boterel men got on well with the king and were given more honours. Richard the Lionheart just got on well with men, though he nearly killed his father.
Richard’s coronation produced a massacre of the Jews, but he later went on Crusade to the Holy Land. Imprisoned by his enemies, he was eventually located by one of his young minstrels. The Boterels supported the imprisoned king and lost favour under King John. So the family split in the civil war and those on the wrong side suffered later under Henry III.
But the others continued in favour and acquired the old lands of King Arthur. But Henry was a weak king. Both English and Breton branches of the Boterel family suffered ups and downs in another civil war between supporters of the king and those of the queen.
Edward I soon restored order, supported ably by the family on his forays in Scotland. At Edward II’s coronation, the Boterel family met in conference. The head of the family in France got the Dukedom of Brittany and Earldom of Richmond restored. The others discussed the intimate relationships between the king and his favourites, which would lead to trouble.
The Templars were also in trouble when the French king seized all their assets. But they got their treasure away in time – sent to North America? Meanwhile, the queen and young prince supported the barons in another civil war. It resulted in the nasty execution of the king’s chief favourite and later the death of the king himself, involving a hot poker. The Boterels took advantage of the general lawlessness.
But the new king was a proper king. The Boterels were swept up in his wars in Scotland and France. Boterels, French and English, on both sides of the Hundred Years’ War were killed, and the Black Death in 1348 finished more. The toll on the country led to a revolt from the suffering peasantry in 1381, and the social order began to change. The Boterels were ennobled and sat in Parliament. But strife within the family led to accusations of witchcraft. Could this have been why the male heirs died and the title left the family?