Detail of roundels of the dukes of Normandy, ancestors of William the Conqueror ('William Bastard'), and descendants of Wililam the Conqueror, from a genealogical chronicle of the kings of England, England (East Anglia?), c. 1340-1342

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Robert the Magnificent (1000 – 1035) was the Duke of Normandy from 1027 until his death. He was the father of William the Conqueror who became in King of England in 1066 and was the great, great grandson of the famous Viking leader and first Duke of Normandy Rollo. My 26th, 27th, 28th (x2) 29th, 30th, 31st & 32nd GGF.

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The fiefdom of Normandy was created in 911 for the Viking leader Rollo (also known as Rolf). After participating in many Viking incursions along the Seine, culminating in the siege of Paris in 886, Rollo was finally defeated by King Charles the Simple. Rollo swore fealty to the French King, converted to Christianity and was baptized with the name Robert. Charles then granted Rollo territories around Rouen, which came to be called Normandy after the Northmen (Latinised Normanni).

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King Rollo the Danish Viking grandfather of William the Conquerer who invaded and seized the crown of England in 1066. William claimed that he had been promised the English thrown on the death of it's then ruler William's cousin Edward the Confessor, his invasion was claimed to be aimed at claiming what was rightfully his...

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Vikings-King Ragnar & King Echbert

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Who were the Normans?

Rollo led raids on Northern France in the 9th century. Rollo and his Viking men sailed up and down the river Seine terrorising the locals. The lands were rich in game and the rivers filled with fish; the Vikings liked what they saw. In 911 Rollo and the King of France struck a deal – King Charles III offered Rollo the lands he wanted if he followed 2 simple rules; 1, He defends the lands from other Viking raiders, and 2, he and his men convert to Christianity. Rollo agreed and Normandy was…

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