Lusignan (Valence), Aymer de (c.12281260), bishop of Winchester
Lusignan (Valence), Aymer de (c.12281260), bishop of Winchester, was one of the younger sons of Hugues (X), count of La Marche, and his wife, Isabella of Angoulême (d. 1246), the widow of King John. Given many favours by his half brother Henry III. Destined for a career in the church. He was a controversal figure, quarrellsome and quick to incite his followers to use violence to 'resolve' disputes. If any individual would need a strong, well defended, retreat it would be Lusignan but the location, on the south coast, is probably of more significance, in this regard, since his real defence, in case of attack, would be to sail to his estates in Poitou. The obtaining of the Portland, by Lusignan, in speculative land markets meant the licence probably had more to do with confirming ownership of the land and reconfirming his position as a royal favourite.
Biographical source include;
- Nicholas Vincent, Sept 2004, Lusignan , Aymer de (c.12281260) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) online edn, Jan 2008 online copy (subscription may be needed)
Ridgeway, H.W., 1989, 'Foreign Favourites and Henry III's Problems of Patronage, 1247-1258' The English Historical Review Vol. 104 No. 412. p. 590-610