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Robert “Curthose”, Duke of Normandy

Male 1054 - 1134  (80 years)


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  • Name Robert “Curthose”  
    Suffix Duke of Normandy 
    Born 1052/54  Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1134  Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “ROBERT de Normandie (Normandy [1052/54]-Cardiff Castle [3] Feb 1134, bur Gloucester Cathedral). William of Malmesbury names Robert as eldest son of King William I. "Roberti filii sui Normannorum comitis, Richardi filii sui…" subscribed the charter dated Apr 1067 under which "Willelmus…dux Normannorum…Anglorum rex" confirmed rights to the abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. Orderic Vitalis records that, after unsuccessfully aspiring to govern Normandy and Maine during the lifetime of his father, Robert rebelled in 1079 and went into exile in Flanders. William of Malmesbury and Orderic Vitalis both state that he was assisted in his rebellion by Philippe I King of France and that he wounded his father in battle at Gerberoy. HHe succeeded his father in 1087 as ROBERT “Curthose” Duke of Normandy, his nickname due, according to William of Malmesbury and Orderic Vitalis, to his short stature which he presumably inherited from his mother who was also reputed to have been very short. He joined the contingent of Robert II Count of Flanders on the First Crusade in Sep 1096, together with Etienne Comte de Blois, after pledging the duchy of Normandy to his brother King William for 10,000 marks of silver in order to fund the expedition. Following the capture of Jerusalem, Robert left Palestine to return to Europe in Sep 1099. On returning to Normandy in Autumn 1100, he recovered his duchy without opposition. He landed at Portsmouth in 1102 aiming to displace his brother King Henry I as king of England, but was persuaded to return to Normandy on payment of 3,000 marks. His brother King Henry invaded Normandy and defeated Robert at the battle of Tinchebrai, declaring himself duke of Normandy 28 Sep 1106. King Henry took Robert in captivity back to England, where Robert remained in prison for the rest of his life. Robert of Torigny records the death in 1134 of "Robertus dux Normannorum filius Willermi regis…primogenitus" and his burial at Gloucester. The Continuator of Florence of Worcester records the death at Cardiff in [1134] of "Rotbertus frater regis Heinrici quondam comes Normanniæ" and his burial in Gloucester.”««s87»» [1]
    Person ID I11940  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 

    Father William I “The Conqueror”, Duke of Normandy, King of England,   b. 1027/8, Château de Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1087, Prioré de Saint-Gervais, Rouen, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Matilda, of Flanders, Queen Consort,   b. Abt 1031,   d. 2 Nov 1083, Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 1053  Collégiale Notre-Dame-Saint-Laurent, Eu, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1052/54 - Normandy, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Feb 1134 - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.