THE ANCIENT VIKING FIEFDOM OF THE NORSE ISLANDS OF THE
" THE FIEF BLONDEL " Est. 1179
Greetings from the Ancient Lords, Dames and Seigneurs of Private Fief Blondel Est. 1179 -
"Le Seigneurs de la Fief Thomas Blondel"
One of the Last Private Fiefs Recognized in Her Majesty's Crown Dependencies
Friherre av Fief Blondel, Kanaløyer Est. 1179
History of the Viking Norman Seigneur & Fiefdoms
911AD - The Norse Channel Islands were conquered by
the Vikings before 911AD. As a concession to the invaders, Fiefs of the Channel Islands begin with the Grants by
King Charles the Simple. In 912, Charles the Simple, King of France, ceded to Rollo, the great Norwegian
Chieftan, the province of Neustria, now called Normandy, and Rollo became the first duke of that province. On his
baptism and marriage with Gisele, daughter of Charles, he also received Brittany, for which Juhael Berengier, Earl
of Rennes, did him homage.
911AD. The Great Viking Chief Rollo Göngu-Hrólfr or Gaange
Chief Rollo was a Viking Warrior who became the first ruler of Normandy, a region of
France. He is sometimes called the 1st Duke of Normandy and speculations point to Denmark as Rollo's birth place.
Guernsey, second largest of the Channel Islands. It is 30 miles (48 km) west of Normandy, France, and roughly
triangular in shape. With Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, and associated islets, it forms the Bailiwick of
1020AD - The Fiefdom of Thomas Blondel came about through the
medieval fragmentation of Fief Au Canelly and consequently, of the initial half of Guernésiais or Guernsey given by
Duke Richard II in 1020 to Neel, Vicomte of the Cotentin.
AD 1179 - We find Legal Reference of Lord Seigneur of Thomas
Blondel, a noble fief, in a charter of 1179AD when he is witnessing a grant to St. Michael's Mount. He is Robert
Malmarchie (Thomas Blondel).
1200's AD - The Parish of St. Andrew in which Thomas Blondel lies
contained a group of four late 12 century ecclesiastical Fiefs, one held by the Bishop of Countances, the second
held by the Abbot of Cormery, Tours, the third held by the Abbot of La Croix St. Lewfroy, Evreux, and the fourth
held by the Abbess of Trinity, Caen. The Fief Thomas Blondel derives its name, as we have already observed from the
family of Malmarcher or Malmarchy who are recorded in the charters as existing in Guernsey in the 12th Century.
Today, The region of The Fief de Thomas Blondel lies in both St Peter-in-the-Wood and Torteval Counties or Parishes
of the Island of Guernsey
In 1270, on the death of Sir Henry Le Canelly, the Guernsey fief
was divided between his daughters. Guilemette, the wife of Henry de Saint Martin obtained a considerable part of
the island originating later the fiefs of Janin Besnard, Jean du Gaillard, Guillot Justice and Thomas Blondel. This
was confirmed by the tenants and officers of the Fief in letters patent issued by Guernsey's Royal Court under the
Bailiwick Seal in 1463. The original noble, Thomas Blondel was a jurat of Guernsey’s Royal Court from 1421-45. The
Blondel family has given several jurats to the island. Later the Columbines and Fiotts were the holders of the
title. For a time, the rights over the Fief were divided in two.
A Record of the Feifdom Deed of the Fief of Thomas Blondel in
the parishes of St Peter of the Wood and Torteval, Guernsey, made by Janet Blondel to Thomas de la Court. attested
by Jean Bonamy and Jacques Guille, jurats. See University of Leeds Library GRANT of
The Noble Fief of Blondel is one of the island's few
feudal titles not held by the Queen.
The Feudal Lord's of Blondel - Approx. Chronology of
FreeLords who Held the Norman Title.
1st Seigneur Feudal Duke & Lord -
Great Viking Chief Rollo Göngu-Hrólfr or Gaange Rolf - Le Seigneur of the Noble Fief including
Fief Blondel 1179 a Norman Freeholder Lord of property, region, and land rights over small
palatinates. Also known as a: Friherre/Freiherr - The
Fief Thomas Blondel
2nd Seigneur of the Fief Blondel or
Feudal-Free-Lord) Family Le Canellys until 1204
3rd Seigneur of Fief Blondel - Sir William De
4th Lord - Le Dame Janet Blondel until
5th 1440 - Seigneur of Fief Blondel -
Sieur Thomas De La Court
6th Seigneur of Fief Blondel -
Freeholder-Feudal-Lord & Friherre/Freiherr) George S. Le Couteur, Seigneur of Fief Thomas
7th Lord Seigneurs or Freeholder-Feudal-Lord
& Friherre/Freiherr) Seigneur Daniel Hardy & Le Dame Marie Guille.
8th Lord) Seigneur Pierre Robillard of Maison de
Pleinmont, Torteval, was the Seigneur of Fief de Thomas Blondel. The rights over the Fief again joined
during the XIX century as shown in documents of 11/10/1800 (Reg Tome 26, p 420) and 19/05/1798 - Pierre
Robilliard obtained the Fief from Daniel Hardy & Marie Guille. 1800
9th Seigneur of the Fief Blondel -
Le Couteur Family
10th Seigneur Count Marcov) The rights of
Fief Thomas Blondel acquired by (Count & Seigneur Marcov of Spain) from Sept. 2000 until
December of 2017.
11th Free Lord & Seigneur) Counselor George Mentz JD MBA,
Seigneur of Fief of Blondel) on the island of (Dgèrnésiais - Guernsey French) in
Dec. 2017, the rights of the Private Fief of Thomas
Blondel were acquired by George Mentz, Esq of the United States. Acquired by conveyance
and payment of: Duty, Treizième & Congé, and Jurats fee, and Fief Permission Fees to the
HM/Crown and Receiver General, HM Clerk Greffier and Courts ** Mentz is an international lawyer who studied Common, Civil and
French/Latin Law who has a keen interest in maintaining the Feudal Courts of the Fief Blondel because
it is one of the oldest feudal courts in the world. Mentz is also the titular feudal
Lord Baron of Ancient Longford-Westmeath in Ireland through acquisition from the original sale from
Earl and Lord Westmeath.
The Fief territory itself is spread over areas in the parishes
of St. Pierre-du-Bois and Torteval and contains within it ancient buildings, beachfront, ocean access, & port
lands of the island. The private Fief Blondel may be one of the few Legal Feifs in the World that does not require
or demand annual or periodic fealty or oaths to and from the Crown. Thus, it is an independent and free fiefdom and
one of the oldest surviving fiefs and lordships in the world.
The Chief Pleas of the Seignorial court of Seigneurial court of
Fief Thomas Blondel were held annually at the mounting block or steps (perron) of the Church of St.
The Fief Blondel is a private fief dating back to 1179 in the
Crown Holding Island of Guernsey.
A Fief of Fiefdom – is a feudal area of land for which residents
once paid fees or rendered services to the Lord Baron or Seigneur in return for the right to use the land in
commerce. The Free Fief Blondel is in two parishes or counties of Torteval and St. Peter of the Wood. The Fief sits
on the Eastern part of the island and includes areas in the North, Central and South East Sections of the Island
including: beach, woods, buildings, common areas, sacred lands, and other commercial buildings and farm land along
with potentially including small islands offshore of the fiefs beach and foreshore.
Historically, fiefs, small baronnies of land, were granted as a
form of over-lordship, giving the Free-Lord or Seigneurs the rights over the people and property on that land under
the ancient norman feudal system.
Style of Seigneur - As per the The Feudal Dues
(Guernsey) Law, 1980 Style of Seigneur of a fief etc. Section 4. The foregoing provisions of this Law shall be
without prejudice –
(a) to the right of any person to use, in the case of a male person, the style of Seigneur and, in the case of a
female person, the style of Dame, of a fief,
(b) to the feudal relationship between Her Majesty and any person holding an interest in a private fief on or at
any time after the commencement of this Law, or to the feudal relationship between any person holding an interest
in any fief and any person holding an interest in a dependency of that fief, and
(c) to the right or obligation of any person by virtue of that person holding an interest in any fief which is not
a right to which those provisions apply or any obligation correlative thereto.
Most of the legal rights formerly enjoyed by the Seigneurs of
fiefs having been abolished by law in 1966 but international law and custom still pertains to the rights of
beaches, airwaves, underground, common areas, foreshore, and other rights such as hunting and fishing. A fief owner
does register the title in an act of legal title conveyance with Her Majesty's Receiver General much like the
transfer of land rights, mineral rights or water rights and the fief buyer pays special consideration of
Treizième & Congé fees to the CROWN for the transfer and rights. The Fief holder can
be styled Seigneur (or Dame) du Fief de la ..... Generally speaking, the title is not normally used except in
formal settings. A fief, in legal theory, is held directly from the Crown. However, this fief does not owe homage
or any other services but does maintain rights to conduct customs and formalities such as creating honorrific Fief
Officers and Courts or possibliy representing the Fief in any unclaimed area of law such as foreshore, airwaves,
water rights, hunting and fishing rights etc.