Richard III 5th Duke of Normandy
- Born: Cir 997, Normandy, France
- Died: 28 Aug 1027, Normandy, France aged about 30
Extract from "The Dukes of Normandy, from the time of Rollo to the Expulsion of King John by Philip Augustus of France" by Jonathan Duncan (1839)
Richard the Third inheritd the virtues of his father; but scarcely had he girded on the ducal sword, than he was compelled to draw it against his brother (Robert), who, discontented with the limited province of Hyèmes, seized on the town of Falaise, towards the close of December 1027. He was quickly dispossessed of his conquest . . . and taken prisoner. Repenting of his rashness, he threw himself on the generous clemency of his victorious brother, obtained his pardon, took the oath of homage and fealty, and was reinstated in his authority.
Tranquillity being thus restored, the duke disbanded his army and returned to Rouen. He died suddenly, after an entertainment given to his barons, many of whom shared the same fate, which excited suspicions of poison. Some historians have accused Robert of this crime, because he had to humble himself to his brother.
Richard was buried near the great altar of the church of St. Ouen. He died without lawful issue, and was succeeded by his brother Robert. He left three illegitimate children. The eldest became a monk at Saint Ouen, of which he was elected Abbot, and over which he presided during fifty years; the other two were daughters, one of whom married Walter of Saint Valery, and the other the Viscount of Bayeux.