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  • Richard "The Fearless", I, Duke Of NormandyFather | Male
    Richard "The Fearless", I, Duke Of Normandy

    Born  28 Aug 933  F‚ecamp, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 Nov 996  F‚ecamp, , Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
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    Father  William "Longsword", I, Leader Of The Normans | F3118 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sprota | F3118 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Gunnor

    Born  Abt 936   
    Died  1031   
    Buried     
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    Mother   

    Richard "The Good", II, Duke Of NormandyChild 1 | Male
    Richard "The Good", II, Duke Of Normandy

    Born  23 Aug 970   
    Died  28 Aug 1026   
    Buried     
    Spouse  DE RENNES Judith, Of Brittany | F3116 
    Married  Abt 1000   

    Child 2 | Female
    Emma

    Born  985   
    Died  6 Mar 1052   
    Buried     

    Child 3 | Male
    Robert, Archbishop Of Rouen

    Born     
    Died  1037   
    Buried     

    Child 4 | Male
    Mauger, Count Of Corbeil

    Born     
    Died  1033   
    Buried     

  • Notes  Married:
    • From Queen Emma and the Vikings, page not numbered:

      Although he avoided having two wives simultaneously, Richard's marital status arrangements were quite as complex as those of his father and grandfather before him. Like them he had no children by his high-status wife. But he kept a number of concubines with whom he variously produced two sons and two daughters - the boys later becoming counts, the girls being usefully married to neighbouring warleaders. He also had a 'mistress', Gunnor. With the benefit of hindsight, the Norman chroniclers infer that there was a big distinction between her and the mere concubines. Dudo maintains that it was on the death of Richard's French wife that he started 'an alliance of forbidden union' with Gunnor, although this may be putting a semi-reputable spin on the chronology of their relationship. She was, he says, from the 'noble house' of the Danes and as such a very suitable partner. And he relates how it was the insistence of the Norman nobles that Richard and Gunnor were later married according to 'matrimonial' (and Christian) law so as to establish a clear line of succession. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S175] Queen Emma and the Vikings, Harriet O'Brien, (New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005.).