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William "Longsword", I, Leader Of The Normans

William "Longsword", I, Leader Of The Normans

Male 893 - 942  (49 years)Deceased

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  • Name  William "Longsword", I, Leader Of The Normans  [1, 2
    Suffix  I, Leader Of The Normans 
    Nickname  Longsword 
    Born  893 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17 Dec 942  [1
    Age  49 years 
    Buried  Rouen Cathedral, Rouen, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gravesite of William 'Longsword' at Rouen Cathedral in Rouen, France
    Gravesite of William "Longsword" at Rouen Cathedral in Rouen, France
    Person ID  I10350  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  9 Jul 2011 

    Father  Rollo, Duke Of Normandy,   b. 846,   d. 931  Age: 85 years 
    Mother  Poppa,   bur. Rouen Cathedral, Rouen, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3119  Group Sheet

    Family  Sprota,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Richard "The Fearless", I, Duke Of Normandy,   b. 28 Aug 933, F‚ecamp, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 996, F‚ecamp, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 63 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F3118  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rouen Cathedral, Rouen, , Haute-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William 'Longsword', Duke of Normandy
    William "Longsword", Duke of Normandy
    Statue is located in the town square of Falaise, France

  • Notes 
    • From Queen Emma and the Vikings, page not numbered:

      William expanded the territory of the 'north men', gained credibility through patronage of the [Christian] church, flirted with the idea of becoming a monk - and came to a premature and bloody end on 17 December 942 when he was murdered by the Count of Flanders.

      [...] Richard I, succeeded [William] while still a minor. He was the offspring of William's Danish-style union to the 'noble maiden' Sprota. However, like Rollo [William's father], William too had another wife. His Christian marriage to Leyarda, daughter of the county of Vermandois, did not produce children and on William's death she was married on to the count of Blois and Chatres.

  • Sources 
    1. [S175] Queen Emma and the Vikings, Harriet O'Brien, (New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005.).

    2. [S230] Genealogical & Personal Memoirs Relating to the Famlies of the State of MA, Wililam Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams, (New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910.), Vol. 3: p. 1424. (Reliability: 3), 9 Jul 2011.