Roger I (Hauteville) de Hauteville

Roger (Hauteville) de Hauteville (1031 - 1101)

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Roger (Roger I) "Count of Sicily" de Hauteville formerly Hauteville aka Altavilla, Autavilla
Born in Normandy, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in San Martino d'Agrimap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Mileto, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italiamap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Oct 2015
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Italian: Casa d'Altavilla, Sicilian: Casa d'Autavilla, French: Maison de Hauteville

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Roger de Hauteville (b. c. 1031 - d. 22 JUN 1101).[1][1]

bur. Abbey of the Holy Trinity, Mileto.



Roger is the son of Tancred de Hauteville-2 and Fressenda was born inNormandy, France. . He married three times and also had a mistress. He was the younger son of Tancred (Hauteville-2) and he emigrated to the south of Italy around 1057 following his elder brothers Drogon , Robert and Guillaume as soldier and in search of lands to conquer. From his stronghold of Mileto (Calabria), his main activity become the conquest of Sicily held by Moslems. Starting in 1061 from Messina he took in 1072 Pallermo (together with his brother Robert) and most of the island, becoming "count of Sicily" with the consent of the Pope Urbano II and founding the base of the Kingdom of Sicily ruled by the "Altavilla ". He was respectful of the local populations of Greek, Arabic , and Jewish tradition and civilisation and took from them the way of ruling mostly by "civil servants" appointed by himself rather than through feodal Lords, in the way of northern Europe. Howevwer, to balance the Greek-Ortodox and Arab-Moslem influences he promoted the immigration of Latin- Roman Catolics people from the northern regions: Piedmont, Liguria ( called "Lombardi") but also Emilia, south of France and even England), and fundamental for this policy was his alliance with Bonifacio (del Vasto-12) Marchese di Savona by marrying his niece Adelaide (Vasto-1) and arranging the weddings of his children with other sons or nephews of Bonifacio. Together with his brother Robert Guiscard, he was the military founder of the Norman rule in the south of Italy, while his son Roberto (Altavilla-5) took the task of politically founding the Kingdom of Sicily as a state. Under his reign a lot of monuments and churches were built or started. At his death, aged 70, in Mileto (Calabria) he was succeeded by Simon (died sooon) and Ruggero, under the wise regency of his third wife Adelaide.

  • Wikipedia - Ruggero I di Sicilia

  • Cawley - Medieval Lands - SICILY


Mentioned on the Bayeux Tapestry as Rogerus Alta Villa


  • 1071: Roger Count of Sicily[2]


m.1 Judith d'Evreux (d. 1076). Issue: 5

  • (dau) UNKNOWN of Sicily
m. (ante 1076) Hugues de Gercé
  • Mathilde (1062 - ante 1094)
m.1 (repudiated) Robert, Comte d'Eu
m.2 (1080 - 1088 divorced) Raymond IV, Comte de Toulouse, son of Pons, Comte de Toulouse and Almodis de La Marche
  • Emma of Sicily (1063-after 1119)
  • Adelisa
  • Jordan of Sicily (d. 12 Sep 1091/2)

m.2 (1077) Eremburga of Mortain, dau of "William, Count of Mortain" (probably William Warlenc). Issue[3]

  1. Mauger, Count of Troina
  2. Matilda m. Robert, Count of Eu
  3. Muriel m. Josbert de Lucy
  4. Constancia m. Conrad of Italy
  5. Felicia m. King Coloman of Hungary
  6. Violante m. Robert of Burgundy, son of Robert I of Burgundy
  7. Flandina m. Henry del Vasto
  8. Judith m. Robert I of Bassunvilla

m.3 (1087) Adelaide del Vasto, niece of Boniface, Lord of Savona. Issue:

  1. Simon, Count of Sicily (1093-28 Sep 1105)
  2. Roger II, Count (1105), later King, of Sicily
  3. Maximilla (-1137) m. Hildebrand VI Aldobrandeschi


mistress UNKNOWN. Issue: 1.

  • Geoffrey (d. after 1120).[3]


Primary Sources

  • Malaterra.[4]
  • Annals of Romoald.[5]
  • Amatus.[6]

Secondary Sources

  • Cawley, C. (2006). "Roger de Hauteville."Medieval Lands v.4. Web.[4]

Citations and Notes

  1. Cawley (2006) citing: Malaterra, I.4, p. 9; Romoaldi Annales 1057, MGH SS XIX, p. 405; Amatus III.43, p. 101.
  2. installed by bros. Robert "Guiscard"
  3. Wikipedia
  4. names "septimus Rogerius minor" last among the sons of Tancred & his second wife.
  5. agree he was youngest son.
  6. brothers "Mauger, Geoffrey, William and Roger" arrived in Apulia from Normandy, dated to 1054/57.

IT: Casa d'Altavilla, Sicilian: Casa d'Autavilla; FR: Maison de Hauteville

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Tancred & Fressenda di Alta Villa & 12 sons on the Tapisserie de Bayeux
Tancred & Fressenda di Alta Villa & 12 sons on the Tapisserie de Bayeux

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