William I (Normandy)

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The reclining figure for the grave of Duke Wilhelm Longsword in the Cathedral of Rouen, designed in the 14th century.

William I called Long Sword ( Guillaume Longue Épée ) († December 17, 942 ) was Count of Rouen and Jarl of the Normans .


He was born outside Normandy in one of the many Viking territories before his father Rollo settled in northern France . His mother was Poppa , a Christian and the daughter of a Count Berengar. According to the lamentation ( Planctus ) about his violent death, he himself was baptized as a Christian.

Wilhelm followed Rollo around 924; In the first few years of his reign he seems to have faced an uprising by Normans who thought he was too Frank-friendly. The following years are in the dark. In 939 Wilhelm was embroiled in a war with Arnulf of Flanders , which soon mixed up with the other conflicts of the reign of Louis IV . He was killed by followers of Arnulf during a meeting to settle the conflict.


Cohabitation with Sprota from Brittany.

Married in 2nd marriage to Luitgard von Vermandois.

  • Hildegard, Countess of Montmorency

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Roller blind Duke of Normandy
Richard I.