The Conquest to Kilkhampton: The Grenvilles from the Norman Conquest to William, Prince of Wales



In 1066 when William the Conqueror became King of England one of his retainers was a Norman named Grenuile. Nearly a millennium later William, Prince of Wales, Grenuile’s direct descendant through his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, is heir apparent to the throne.
This book, by two of Grenuile’s other direct descendants, traces the history of the Grenville family (or Granville, as it is now known) from 1066 to the present day. Featuring in the Battle Abbey Roll, the Granville family history reads like a who’s who of Norman French and English aristocracy.

It follows famous members of the family, such as John, Earl of Bath who accompanied Charles II out of the country after Charles I was executed and Cromwell established his Commonwealth, as well as William, Archbishop of York, Sir Richard of the Revenge, Sir Bevil and his brother Sir Richard, the King’s General in the West, Bernard Granville and a cast of many more distinguished characters who shaped the course of history.

Lady Diana Spencer’s descent from the Grenvilles is also traced, and her son, Prince William, now Prince of Wales, will someday become the first descendant of the family to be King.

About the Author

Rupert Granville Glover

Rupert Granville Glover is a Christchurch barrister who holds a Master of Arts with Honours in English and French and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Canterbury. He was awarded a Centennial Scholarship by the New Zealand Law Society in 1981 and was the winner of the Canterbury District Law Society’s Gold Medal in Law in 1982. He lectured in law at the University of Canterbury from 1982 to 1986 before turning to full-time practice specialising in criminal law, in which field he has extensive experience from the Privy Council down through the ranks. He has published numerous academic articles and two legal textbooks, is a former President of the Criminal Bar Association of Canterbury and has been a member of several Canterbury and New Zealand Law Society committees. He is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre General List of Arbitrators and Mediators and has been a Specialist Adviser to the New Zealand Legal Services Agency. He was married to Margaret Sewell, another prominent Christchurch barrister until her death in 2021. They have five daughters, three of whom have law degrees.

Pia Granville Glover

Pia Granville Glover is a creative director, graphic designer and narrator who holds a B.F.A (Hons) in Typographic Design from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. She was awarded a scholarship in 1998 to the Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and is the recipient of several design industry awards, including APDA Gold Winner (packaging) and Good Design Australia Selection (packaging). She resides in Melbourne with her partner and two children where she runs a packaging company.


ISBN: 978-1-99-110322-2

Pages: 108

Dimensions: 229mm x 152mm

Format: Paperback

Author: Rupert and Pia Granville Glover

Published: 12 September 2023