The story of Rollo the Viking is especially interesting to us, because Rollo was the forefather of that famous Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, who less than a hundred and fifty years later, conquered England and brought into that country the Norman nobles with their French language and customs, and as they say…………………. the rest is HISTORY.
Rollo Ragnvaldsson – The Viking
( Rollo Ragnvaldsson is Carolyn Booths 34th Great Grandfather )
Rollo Ragnvaldsson, sometimes known as Rollo the “Ganger”. It is estimated he lived between 846 and 931 AD, and was the first ruler of a Viking settlement in France that later became Normandy. His direct descendants became the British royal family after the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066, when Rollo’s great-great-great-grandson, William the Conqueror (William I of England), successfully conquered England. William the Conqueror’s direct descendants include current Queen Elizabeth II.
In 911, a group of Vikings lead by Rollo besieged Paris and Chartres. After a victory near Chartres on 26 August, Charles “the Simple” King of the Franks decided to negotiate with Rollo, resulting in the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte. For the Viking’s loyalty, they were granted all the land between the river Epte and the sea, as well as Brittany, which at the time was an independent duchy which France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer. Rollo also agreed to be baptised and to marry Charles’ daughter, Gisela.
The Norman dukes were:
- Rollo, 911–927 – Also appears under Ancient Ancestors page of this Blog
- William I, 927–942
- Richard I, 942–996
- Richard II, 996–1027
- Richard III, 1027
- Robert I, 1027–1035
- William II, 1035–1066 (became William I – King of England)
The Norman monarchs of England and Normandy were:
- William I & II, 1066–1087
- William II, 1087–1100 (not Duke of Normandy)
- Robert II, 1087–1106 (not King of England)
- Henry I, 1100–1135; 1106–1135
- William III Adelin, 1120 (not King of England)
- Matilda of England, 1135–1153
- Stephen (non-agnatic; a member of the House of Blois), 1135–1154