Ralph the Staller

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Ralph the Staller (or Radulf stalre) (c. 1011–1068) was a landowner in both Anglo-Saxon and post-Conquest England.

He is said to have been born in Norfolk of Breton parentage. He held the military post of staller, roughly equivalent to the continental constable, under King Edward the Confessor. He survived the Conquest of 1066 and gained the favour of William the Conqueror, who made him Earl of East Anglia. He married and had several children, including his heir, Ralph Guader, who succeeded to his earldom.

Further reading

  • Williams, Ann (2008). The World before Domesday. The English Aristocracy, 900-1066. London: Continuum. 
  • Williams, Ann (2004). "Ralph the Staller, earl of East Anglia (d. 1068x70)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/52354. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  • Williams, Ann (1995). The English and the Norman Conquest. Woodbridge: Boydell. 


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