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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Comte William Longsword of Normandy

6051528768. Comte William Longsword of Normandy

~900, Vilhjálmr Langaspjót born in a Baltic country, s/o §§Comte Rollo the Viking.

924, William won control of the Bessin in central Normandy.

927, Rollo succeeded Normandy to his son William.

932, William’s father died.

933, William besieged at Rouen by Riouf of Evreux. William attacked and defeated the rebel ‘Riulfus’ at the battle of ‘Pratum-belli’, conquering the Cotentin. [After which he heard of the birth of his son to ‘nobilissima puella Danico more sibi iuncta ... Sprota’.]

933, William ordered his infant son be sent immediately to ‘Baiocas ... episcopo Henrico’ for baptism as ‘Richardum.’ [Richard’s mother was Sprota, a Norman concubine.]

933, William made a peace agreement with King Raoul of Western Francia that involved trading lands.

933-34, William in conflict with Duke Alan II of Brittany and Count Berenger of Rennes, defeating both.

935, William married Luitgardis, d/o Comte Herbert II of Vermandois. [See (9876543210).]

1/936, On the death of King Raoul, William invited exiled King Louis IV d’Outremer, age 16, back from England to be King of West Francia.

939, Arnulf I, Count of Flanders, captured the castle of Montreuil-sur-Mer, expelling Herluin II, Count of Montreuil, brother-in-law of William. William aided Herluin in striking back, destroying multiple estates of Arnulf, for which they were excommunicated.

940, William met with King Louis IV and pledged his support.

941 at Rouen, King Louis arranged peace treaty between the Bretons and Normans.

942, William Longsword received French King Louis d’Outre Mer at Rouen.

12/17/942 at Picquigny [northern France], William ambushed and killed at a peace conference by assassins of Marquis Arnulf I [s/o Baldwin II of Flanders]. [Luitgardis married 2nd §§Thibaut II of Blois.]

Family notes:

§§911, Rollo the Viking, defeated by the Franks near Auxerre, became the legal holder of Normandy by the pact of St. Clair-sur-Epte.

927, Rollo forged an alliance with Comte Herbert II of Vermandois.

Child of William and ?:

i. Richard I of Normandy (3025764384), born 933 at Fécamp in Normandy.

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