Rollo 1st Duke of Normandy


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Rollo 1st Duke of Normandy

  • Marriage: Popa DE BAIEUX
  • Buried: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France.

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Extract from "Biographia Britannica: Vol. 4" by W. Innys (1757)
Rollo, the Norman, was invested with the Duchy of Normandy by Charles the Simple, who then wore the Crown of France, from whom, at the same time, he received his daughter Gisela, or as our historians commonly call her, Giletta, as his consort. She was, however, properly speaking, no more than a wife of honour; and whereas the current of historians say, that Rollo had no issue by her, but that after her decease he married a second wife; the true state of the matter is this, that he never consummated the marriage with the king of France's daughter, who survived him, but by another lady, Popa, daughter to the count de Baieux, whom he had taken many years before in a predatory expedition, he had a son Guillaume Longue-Epé, that is William with the long sword, his successor, and a daughter Girlotta, who espoused the duke of Guyenne, or Aquitaine.

Extract from Find A Grave

Name: Rollo, Duke of Normandy
Death: unknown
Notes: Leader of the Normans of Rouen, Rollo's origins, his life, and even his date of death are hotly disputed by historians.
What is known is that Rollo invaded France and settled in what is now known as Normandy. Probably about 911 King Charles the Simple of France ceded a district around the city of Rouen to Rollo, which eventually evolved into the duchy of Normandy. He was the first of the Normans to embrace the Christian religion. He is said to have been baptized in 912, assuming the Christian name Robert. He was still living in 928, when he was holding Eudes, son of Heribert of Vermandois, as a captive; and was probably dead by 933, when his son William was mentioned as leading the Normans.
His tomb lies in the chapel of St. Romanus adjoining the south transept of the Cathedral of Rouen. The effigy belongs to the fourteenth century, but the marble tablet gives an inscription which may be translated as follows:
"Here lies Rollo, the first Duke and founder and father of Normandy, of which he was at first the terror and scourge, but afterwards the restorer. Baptised in 912 by Francon, Archbishop of Rouen, and died in 917. His remains were at first deposited in the ancient sanctuary, at present the upper end of the nave. The altar having been removed, the remains of the prince were placed here by the blessed Maurille, Archbishop of Rouen in the year 1063."
Son: William, 2nd Duke of Normandy, "The Longsword" (893 - 942)
Burial: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France.


Rollo married Popa DE BAIEUX.

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