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Herleva FALAISE (1003-c. 1050)

1. Herleva de FALAISE, daughter of Fulbert ( - ) and Duxia ( - ), was born in 1003 in Falaise, Normandie. She married Robert I 6TH DUC DE NORMANDIE circa 1023. She died circa [Julian] 1050.

 

Herleva, the daughter of a tanner from Falaise in Normandy, was born in 1010. When she was sixteen gave birth to a son called Richard. The boy's father was Gilbert, Count of Brionne, one of the most powerful landowners in Normandy. As Herleva was not married to Gilbert, the boy became known as Richard Fitz Gilbert. The term 'Fitz' was used to show that Richard was the illegitimate son of Gilbert.

The following year, Herleva became the mistress of Robert, Duke of Normandy. In 1028, Herleva and Robert had a son who eventually became known as William, Duke of Normandy. Instead of marrying Herleva, Robert persuaded her to marry his friend, Herluin of Conteville. After marriage, Herleva had three more children, Odo, Robert and Muriel. Later the sons became known as Odo of Bayeux and Robert of Mortain.

In 1035, Robert, Duke of Normandy died. Although William was illegitimate, he was Robert's only living son, and so inherited his father's title. Gilbert, Count of Brionne, became William's guardian. A number of Norman barons would not accept an illegitimate son as their leader and in 1040 an attempt was made to kill William. The plot failed but they did manage to kill Gilbert of Brionne.

Gilbert of Brionne's large estates in Normandy were now passed on to his legitimate son, Baldwin of Flanders. As Richard Fitz Gilbert was illegitimate, he did not receive very much land when his father died. When William, Duke of Normandy, decided to invade England in 1066, he invited his three half-brothers, Richard Fitz Gilbert, Odo of Bayeux and Robert of Mortain to join him. Richard, who had married Rohese, daughter of Walter Giffard of Normandy, also brought with him members of his wife's family.

 

Robert I 6TH DUC DE NORMANDIE and Herleva de FALAISE had the following children:

 

William I KING OF ENGLAND (c. 1027-1087). William was born circa [Julian] 1027. He married Matilda de Flandre in 1053 in Cathedrale Notre Dame d'Eu, Normandie. He died on [Julian] 9 September 1087.

Second Generation

2. Fulbert was a Tanner. He married Duxia.

 

... of Falaise.

 

3. Duxia has few details recorded about her. She and Fulbert had the following children:

 

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Herleva de FALAISE (1003-c. 1050)