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Robert Guiscard

Male Abt 1015 - 1085  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Robert Guiscard 
    Born Abt 1015  near Coutances, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jul 1085  Lixorion, Kefallinia, Ionian Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9474  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 27 May 2018 

    Father Tancred of Hauteville,   b. Abt 970,   d. Abt 1041  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Fressenda,   d. 1057 
    Family ID F6533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sikelgaita,   b. Abt 1040,   d. 16 Apr 1090  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married 1058  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mahalta of Apulia,   b. Abt 1059,   d. 19 Sep 1108  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 11:32:40 
    Family ID F1843  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alberade di Buonalberga,   d. Mar 1111 
    Divorced 1058  [1
    Children 
    +1. Bohemund I, Prince of Antioch; Prince of Tarente,   b. 1058,   d. 3 Mar 1111  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 11:32:40 
    Family ID F8907  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Robert Guiscard (c.?1015 - 17 July 1085) was a Norman adventurer conspicuous in the conquest of southern Italy and Sicily. Robert was born into the Hauteville family in Normandy, went on to become Count of Apulia and Calabria (1057-1059), and then Duke of Apulia and Calabria and Duke of Sicily (1059-1085). His sobriquet, in contemporary Latin Viscardus and Old French Viscart, is often rendered 'the Resourceful', 'the Cunning', 'the Wily', 'the Fox', or 'the Weasel'. In Italian sources he is often Roberto il Guiscardo or Roberto d'Altavilla (from Robert de Hauteville)." [Wikipedia]

      The Byzantine historian Anna Comnena described Robert Guiscard:

      "This Robert was Norman by birth, of obscure origins, with an overbearing character and a thoroughly villainous mind; he was a brave fighter, very cunning in his assaults on the wealth and power of great men; in achieving his aims absolutely inexorable, diverting criticism by incontrovertible argument. He was a man of immense stature, surpassing even the biggest men; he had a ruddy complexion, fair hair, broad shoulders, eyes that all but shot out sparks of fire. In a well-built man one looks for breadth here and slimness there; in him all was admirably well-proportioned and elegant...Homer remarked of Achilles that when he shouted his hearers had the impression of a multitude in uproar, but Robert's bellow, so they say, put tens of thousands to flight." [The Alexiad of Anna Comnena, trans. E. R. A. Sewter (London: Penguin, 1969), p. 54.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Leo's Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.