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Emma (Conteville) d'Avranches (abt. 1029 - 1103)

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Emma d'Avranches formerly Conteville aka de Conteville
Born about in Conteville, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, Francemap
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Daughter of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Wife of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Avranches, Manche, Basse-Normandiemap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Apr 2011
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Research Notes

Cockayne states that Hugh d'Avranches was the son of Richard le Goz, Vicomte d'Avranches and that his mother was Emma de Contville. [1]

Cawley observes that a manuscript relating to St Werburgh’s Chester records that “Hugo Lupus filius ducis Britanniæ et nepos Gulielmi magni ex sorore” transformed the foundation into a monastery and states that this suggests that the mother of Hugues may have been a uterine sister of King William, and therefore daughter of Herluin de Conteville. However, no indication has been in other primary sources which supports the contention that Hugues was the son of a duke of Brittany. It is assumed therefore that both lines of his parentage have been romanticised in this document to improve his status and reputation. [2]

Reflecting this more recent thinking, C. P. Lewis, writing in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, refers to Hugh's mother as "an unknown mother formerly identified on the basis of unsatisfactory evidence as Emma, supposedly a half-sister of William the Conqueror. [3]

Based on this, the link to Emma Conteville as the mother of Hugh d'Avranches has been disconnected.


Not listed by Cawley (2006) or Wikipedia as a daughter of these parents.

Alternate date of birth (no source given): 30 Apr 1039. This date doesn't work with the bulk of the children listed for her...


  1. G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, pages 164-165. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. Cited by Darryl Lundy. The Peerage: Hugh Avaranches of Chester Last edited 15 January 2017. Accessed November 14, 2017. jhd
  2. Charles Cawley. Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. Medieval Lands Database. Earls of Chester Accessed November 13, 2017 jhd
  3. C. P. Lewis.Avranches, Hugh d', first earl of Chester (d. 1101) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Article available on subscription basis only. Article credits C. P. Lewis, ‘The formation of the honor of Chester, 1066–1100’, Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, 71 (1991), 37–68 [G. Barraclough issue, The earldom of Chester and its charters, ed. A. T. Thacker] · C. P. Lewis, ‘Gruffudd ap Cynan and the Normans’, Gruffudd ap Cynan: a collaborative biography, ed. K. L. Maund (1996), 61–77 · Ordericus Vitalis, Eccl. hist. · A. Farley, ed., Domesday Book, 2 vols. (1783) · D. Bates, William the Conqueror (1989) · F. Barlow, William Rufus (1983) · L. Musset, ‘Les origines et le patrimoine de l'abbaye de Saint-Sever’, La Normandie bénédictine au temps de Guillaume le conquérant, ed. J. Daoust (1969), 357–67 · C. P. Lewis, ‘The early earls of Norman England’, Anglo-Norman Studies, 13 (1990), 207–23 · G. Barraclough, ed., The charters of the Anglo-Norman earls of Chester, c.1071–1237, Lancashire and Cheshire RS, 126 (1988), 23 [no. 13]. Cited by Gordon Banks. [ Gordon Banks Family Site. Accessed October 4, 2018 jhd

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