- mother: Doda (Duwa).
Bree Ogle | Mar 2014 WikiTree -- The earliest accounts of Herleva come from Orderic Vitalis (1075 – c. 1142). They were not written down until 80 years after she met Robert the Magnificent. It was only through Wace and Benoit in the 12th century, and later 17th century writings, that she became known as a the daughter of tanner.
Scholarship discounts this based on examination of the original source, the context of the public heckling of Duke William, and the Latin and French words later chroniclers had trouble translating.
According to van Houts (1986), Fulbert was probably a mortician. He is described as, "a person who laid out corpses," and "might have embalmed bodies." As Chamberlain of the ducal court, this was one of Fulbert's duties.
Mistress of Robert I
She became the mistress of Robert I, Duke of Normandy, and by him had one illegitimate son, William the Conqueror, King of England, Duke of Normandy.
- m.1 Robert, Duke of Normandy. Issue: William the Conqueror
♥ Danesche Manere ♥
Herleve married Robert II, Duke of Normandy according to the "Danish Way." "A legitimate wife according to old Norman traditions," she eventually had William the Conqueror. At the same time, up-and-coming reformists like pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand of Sovana) hoped to ban these customs and establish authoritarian rule. As a "concubine" through this lens, a "frilla" like Herleve is a glance at the long process of the Christianization of Europe, and the outing of indigenous culture.
Still struggling for power and legitimacy, the seat of Rome had barely cleaned up its own house, before it got caught between the Roman aristocracy, and the slaughter of the Saracens and unstoppable Norman "barbarians." Unable to maintain its own security, the papacy cut a deal with the devil, and asked for the backing of the Norman military. It worked, but Rome paid a fateful price before it was able to achieve absolute rule.
So at this juncture, the lack of a wedding sanctioned by the Roman church was no threat to the rank or inheritance of England's future Norman king. And by the time the Conqueror was on the throne, the papacy was lucky to have any influence on him at all. Incidentally, William was born around c.1028 in Falaise, Normandy.
About 1030 Herleve married Herluin de Contgeville, Vicomte, seigneur of Conteville. 
- m.2 Herluin de Conteville. Issue: 3
Herluin de Conteville
It is assumed that after Robert died in 1035, Herleve married Herluin de Conteville. They had three children:
- Eudes/Odo, Bishop of Bayeux (d. Jan 1097).
- Robert de Mortain, (b. after 1040 - d. 8 Dec 1090).
Herleve and Herluin had two sons, Eudes, Bishop of Bayeux, Earl of Kent, and Robert, Count of Mortain, and one daughter, Muriel. 
1050 Grestain Abbey: ✝ Abbey Notre Dame de Grestain ✝
Herluin founded Grestain Abbey i Normandy about 1050. He and his wife renounced their claim to the tithe of Toutainville and to the vill called Mesnil-Dastin to Preaux Abbey. Wikipedia: Grestain Abbey; Abbey Notre-Dame de Grestain; </ref>
At some point, Herlave's second husband supposedly had leprosy. This is said to have inspired the couple to found the Abbey Notre-Dame de Grestain in 1050, but other sources state Herleva had no part in it. It's assumed Herlave is buried there or Mortain, Haute-Normandie.
His wife, Herleve, is thought to have been living in 1050-51, but died soon afterwards. 
Herluin and his first wife, Arlette, were buried in Grestain Abbey. 
Remarriage of Husband
Herluin married, 2nd, Fredesende. They had two sons, Jean, who appears to have died young, and Raoul Fitz Herluin (or de Conteville), seigneur of Corneville-sur-Risle and Martainville-en-Lieuvin, presumably Domesday tenant of Chapel Allerton, Huish (in Burnham), Adber (in Trent) and Brent, Somerset. Herluin de Conteville died about 1066. 
His widow, Fredesende, granted part of dower lands at Le Neubourg, Cantelou, and Honnaville, to Grestain Abbey. 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2013. Volume 5, page 487
- ↑ Cawley, C. (2006). Medieval Lands. 
- ↑ Wikipedia: Herleva;
- ↑ parents: Fulbert de Falaise and Doda (Cawley, 2006; Royals and Nobles: A Genealogist's Tool. pp.45. iUniverse, 2002).
- ↑ Wikipedia: Orderic Vitalis
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Van Houts, (1986). The Origins of Herleva, Mother of William the Conqueror. The English Historical Review, 101(399), pp. 399-404. Oxford University Press. JSTOR. Retrieved 26 Mar 2014.
- ↑ "When the said William had been born, in that same year Duke Robert took as his wife the boy's mother, whom he had deflowered." (Freeman, 1870, pp.615)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Arlette. Abbey Notre-Dame de Grestain
- ↑ Abbey Notre-Dame de Grestain: The family of Arlette.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Norwich, J. J. (2011). A History of the Papacy: Absolute Monarchs. NY: Random House. eBook.
- ↑ Danish Way
- ↑ Wikipedia:Pope Gregory VII
- ↑ "William the Conqueror," (n.d.). bio.com. Web. Accessed 08 Mar 2014.
- ↑ 1 GEDCOM asserts she had another daughter with Robert named Adelaide of Normandy (1029-1090).
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Wikipedia: Grestain Abbey
- ↑ Wikipedia: Herleva
- ↑ Ogle, B. (2014, March 26). Herlave Falaise Mortain: Biography. WikiTree. Web.
Abbott, J. (1903). William the Conqueror (pp. 41). N.p.
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Crouch, D. (2002). The Normans- The History of a Dynasty, (pp 52–53, 58). Hambledon.
Douglas, D.C. (1964). William the Conqueror, (pp. 15, 381-382). Berkeley and LA: University of California Press.
Freeman, E. A. (1867). The History of the Norman Conquest, (pp. 530, 615). N.p.
McLynn, F. (1999). 1066: The Year of the Three Battles, (pp. 21–23). N.p.
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