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Tancred of Hauteville was an eleventh-century Norman petty lord about whom little is known. His historical importance comes entirely from the accomplishments of his sons and later descendants. He was a minor noble near Coutances in the Cotentin, but it is not even certain which of the three villages called Hauteville he held, though Hauteville-la-Guichard is most often cited. Various legends later arose about him which have no supporting contemporary evidence. He had 12 sons by his two wives (both of them have been said to be daughters of Duke Richard I of Normandy, but no primary sources back up this claim) and several daughters, almost all of whom left Normandy for southern Italy and acquired some prominence there.

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Tancred of Hauteville was an eleventh-century Norman petty lord about whom little is known. His historical importance comes entirely from the accomplishments of his sons and later descendants. He was a minor noble near Coutances in the Cotentin, but it is not even certain which of the three villages called Hauteville he held, though Hauteville-la-Guichard is most often cited. Various legends later arose about him which have no supporting contemporary evidence. He had 12 sons by his two wives (both of them have been said to be daughters of Duke Richard I of Normandy, but no primary sources back up this claim) and several daughters, almost all of whom left Normandy for southern Italy and acquired some prominence there. More...

 
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