Robert I le Guiscard (Hauteville) de Hauteville

Robert (Hauteville) de Hauteville (abt. 1015 - 1085)

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Robert (Robert I le Guiscard) "Guiscard, l'Avisé, Duc d'Apulie, de Calabre et de Sicile" de Hauteville formerly Hauteville
Born about in Hauteville-la-Guichard, Coutances, Manche, Basse-Normandie, Francemap
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Husband of — married (to ) in DIVORCEDmap
Husband of — married about in Apulia, Calabria, Italymap
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Died in Phiscardo Bay, Cephalonia, Greece, Byzantine Empiremap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Aug 2011
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Categories: House of Hauteville.

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Robert I le Guiscard (Hauteville) de Hauteville is a member of the House of Hauteville.

Italian: Casa d'Altavilla, Sicilian: Casa d'Autavilla, French: Maison de Hauteville

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ROBERT "Guiscard/Weasel" de Hauteville, son of TANCRED de Hauteville & his second wife Fressenda -[1]

Amatus records that "a man from Normandy…Robert…later called Guiscard" arrived in southern Italy "in aid of his brother whom he asked to give him some land as a benefice, but his brother did not give him any aid or counsel", dated to 1047 ...
at first, he joined "Pandulf", Prince of Capua, who promised him his daughter in marriage ...
Malaterra records that Robert was given the command of the garrison of Scribla near Cosenza by his half-brother Drogo Count of Apulia, dated to 1049 ...
Amatus records that Robert´s brother gave him "in the very limits of Calabria…a very secure mount which was well supplied with timber" … San Marco Argentano, between Malvito and Bisignano and "put him in possession of the whole of Calabria" ...
Robert´s bandit activities in the region earned him his nickname, "le Guiscard" or "the Weasel"
Robert came to power after the papacy sent Hildebrand of Sovana (later Gregory VII) to ask the Norman mercenaries for military might. They obliged and Robert was eventually greased down with some perks. One of them was the title of duke of Sicily.[2]
Robert went on to pledge allegiance to the papacy and supported Gregory VII, laying the foundation for the Vatican to establish itself as an authoritarian government. The brainchild of Gregory VII, the pope didn't live to see his design. His term came to an abrupt end when Robert's troops went on to sack Rome after staving off the forces of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1084 A.D.[2]


Robert Guiscard[2]
House: de HAUTEVILLE[3]
Birth: 1015[4] Coutances, Normandy[3]
or c.1020[5]
Death: 1085[5]
or 1060-06-22 France[6]


m.1 (10510 - 1058 divorced) Alberada, aunt of Gerard di Buonalbergo. Issue: 2.

  • Marco
  • Emma

m.2 (1058/9) Sichelgaita di Salerno, dau. of Guaimar IV, Prince of Salerno and Gemma of Capua. Issue: 11

  • Mathilde of Apulia
  • Roger
  • Mabel
  • Eria
  • Robert
  • Guy
  • Sibylle
  • (dau) _____
  • Cecile
  • Gaitel Grima of Apulia (d. after 1086)

Illegitimate Children

Jordon (possibly)[7][8]


Note: Coat of Arms for Rogers


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bree Ogle (Mar 2014). Herleva and Robert II the Magnificient: A look at the “Danish Marriage.” Weblog. © Creative Commons 4.0
  3. 3.0 3.1 Acrossthepond.ged on 21 Feb 2011.
  4. Aug 20, 2011 by Mike Walton.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Luis Manzano Dec 2010.ged (24 Apr 2011).
  6. 104-B.ged, (12 Sep 2010).
  7. Wikipedia: Roger I of Sicily
  8. Roger's eldest son predeceased him. His second son, Geoffrey, may have been a bastard, but may also have been a son of his first or second wife. Whatever the case, he was a leper with no chance of inheriting.
  • Amatus II.45, p. 85
  • Malaterra I.12, 16, pp. 14 and 16.
  • Chalandon (1907), Tome I, p. 119.
  • Amatus III.7, p. 88.
  • Wikipedia contributors, "Hauteville family," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, [1] (accessed March 24, 2016).
  • Britannica
  • Wikipedia contributors, "Roger I of Sicily," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, [2] (accessed March 24, 2016).
  • FMG: 8. ROBERT "Guiscard/Weasel" de Hauteville ([1020]-Phiscardo Bay, Cephalonia 17 Jul 1085, bur Monastery of Santissima Trinità, Venosa). [3]

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Tancred & Fressenda di Alta Villa & 12 sons on the Tapisserie de Bayeux
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On 20 Oct 2014 at 15:54 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Marriage to is after his death . Needs to fix this one with a source.

On 18 Jul 2014 at 08:26 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Date of marriage is before his birth. The correct date seems to be 1058.

On 10 Mar 2011 at 16:32 GMT Krissi (Hubbard) Love wrote:

Known as "Guiscard".

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