Person:Fulbert de Falaise (1)

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Name[3] Fulbert de Falaise
Alt Name Figrued de Falaise
Alt Name[3] Robert
Alt Name[3] Richard "Saburpyr"
Alt Name[3] Herbert
Alt Name[3] Verperay
Gender Male
Birth? c. 0978 Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Alt Birth[1] c. 0980 Sachsen, Germany
Marriage abt 1000 Falaise,Calvados,,FranceNot Married
to Doda de Falaise
Death? 1017 Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Reference Number? 8XQ2KN
Alt Death? Dec 1085 Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France

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Fulbert of Falaise (fl. 11th century) was the father of Herleva, mother of the illegitimate William the Conqueror, the 11th-century Duke of Normandy and King of England. The Walter of Falaise named by Orderic Vitalis is likely a son.

Fulbert has traditionally been held to be a tanner, based on translations of Orderic's additions to the Gesta Normannorum Ducum. He writes that during the siege of Alençon (1051-2), the natives had been mutilated by William after they called him a pelliciarius (pelterer), because his mother's kinsmen had been pollinctores (corpse preparers). One later poetic source interpreted the occupation to be that of tailor, but in part due to flawed transcripts of the original, many historians have concluded he was a tanner. Others have favored a more literal reading, that Herleva's family had been undertakers or embalmers.

Orderic also added to the Gesta that Fulbert served as the Duke's chamberlain (cubicularii ducis). It has been suggested that this occurred after William's birth. Perhaps linking Orderic's two additions, contemporary practice made the chamberlain one of the persons responsible for burials.

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  1. (SoN)Story of the Normans. (Sarah Orne Jewett; New York: Putnam Press, 1888), pp.122-3, Questionable quality.
  2.   Fulbert (?), in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Planché, James Robinson. The Conqueror and his companions. (London: Tinsey Brothers, 1874), 5ff..

    Planche discusses various stories given about Fulbert, and their sources.