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Tancredi (Altavilla) di Lecce (abt. 1138 - 1194)

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Tancredi "King of Sicily, conte di Lecce" di Lecce formerly Altavilla aka Hauteville, Altavilla, Autavilla
Born about in Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italymap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Palermo, Sicilia, Italymap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Dec 2017
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Preceded by
Guillaume II 'le bon'
King of Sicily
Succeeded by
Guillaume III of Sicily

Tancred di Lecce (b. 1138 Lecce - d. 20 Feb 1194 Palermo).[1]



Tancred di Lecci was unlawfully elected as king of Sicily, after the reign of Guillaume II 'le bon'.

He was an illegitimate son of Roger, Duke of Apulia, eldest son of Roger II, King of Sicily. His mother was a daughter of Accardo di Lecce and Mathilde.

Tancred married Sibilla, daughter of Rinaldo, Conte d'Aquino

Tancred inherited the title "Count of Lecce" from his grandfather, and is consequently often referred to as Tancred of Lecce.


  • Conte di Lecce
  • 1190: King of Sicily


  • Father: Roger [Hauteville] of Sicily, Duke of Apulia
  • Mother: (mistress) UNKNOWN di Lecce


m. Sibilla d'Aquino (b. ante 1165 - d. after 1195). Issue: 6.[2]

  • Roger (b. c. 1180 - d. 24 Dec 1193 d.v.p), joint of Sicily and Duke of Apulia
m. Eirene Angelina (b c. 1180/84 - d. 27 Aug 1208 Hohenstaufen; bur. Kloster Lorsch), dau. of Isaakios II and Eirene Tornikaina
  • Guillaume III, King of Sicily (b. 1186)
  • (dau) _____ of Sicily
m. Arthur I, Duke of Brittany
  • Sibilla
m. Robertodi Montescaglioso.
  • Elvira
m.1 (1200 Melun) Gauthier III, Comte de Brienne (d. Jun 1205), son of Erard III, Comte de Brienne and Aimée de Montbéliard
m.2 (after Jun 1205) GIACOMO Sanseverino Conte di Tricario
  • Constance
m. (1213) Pietro Ziani Doge of Venice (d. 13 Mar 1230 Santa Giustina; bur. San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice), son of Sebastiano Ziani Doge of Venice


Tancred is sometimes attributed with an unknown son who is used to give Aaron FitzRoger a descent from the Kings of Sicily. However there is little if any evidence that Aaron existed, far less that he had such a descent. Aaron and his purported ancestry were first described by John Cox Underwood in about 1911,[1] but his account is highly improbable,[2] and entirely lacking in source citations.


Citations and Notes

  1. Underwood, John Cox. Lineage of the Rogers Family, England — Embracing John Rogers the Martyr, p 10. New York, 1911.
  2. Farmerie, Todd A. "Re: ROGERS info", newsgroup post on soc.genealogy.medieval, 25 Sep 2001.

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