Robert de Conteville, comte de Mortain

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Robert (right) next to his half-brother Wilhelm the Conqueror (center) and his brother Odo (left) in the Bayeux Tapestry

Robert von Mortain (* 1031 ; † December 8, 1090 ) from the House of Conteville was a Norman nobleman, Earl of Mortain and Earl of Cornwall .

His parents were Herluin , Vice Count of Conteville (1001-1066) and his wife Herleva (Arlette) (1003-1050). Through his mother he was the half-brother of William the Conqueror (1027-1087) and brother of Odo , Bishop of Bayeux (1035-1097).

In 1049 his half-brother Wilhelm appointed him as Count von Mortain , as the successor to his second-degree uncle Wilhelm Warlong, who was deposed in 1048.

In 1058 he married Mathilde (1039-1085), daughter of Roger II. De Montgomery (1005-1094) and his wife Mabile de Bellême (1026-1079). After Mathilde's death, he married Almodis for the second time.

He accompanied his half-brother in the conquest of England and took part in the Battle of Hastings (1066). In return he received from his half-brother William, now King of England, several English lands as fiefs and in 1068 the title of Earl of Cornwall . This made him one of the largest and most powerful landowners in England and Normandy .

In Mortain he had the predecessor of today's collegiate church of St. Évroult built, of which a portal from his time has been preserved. His chaplain was Vitalis, who was later canonized and the founder of Savigny Abbey . After his death he was buried in the Notre-Dame Abbey in Grestain .


From his marriage to Mathilde he had the following children:

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