The Anarchy of King Stephen
The shire of Hereford, of late ruled by Roger de Breteuil, is now a holding of the crown. Roger disobeyed William the Conqueror and in 1075 married his sister to Ralph Guader, the Earl of Norwhich against explicit orders not to. The two earls raised their flags in rebellion in the Revolt of the Earls (along with Waltheof, the Earl of Northumberland). They were put down and the earldom was made forfeit. Hereford Castle is therefore in the direct possession of King Henry.