Prokasy Ancestry and Some Collateral Lines

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  • ID: I11387
  • Name: ROGER I OF SICILY 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1031 in Normandy
  • Death: 22 JUN 1101 in Mileto, Calabria
  • Note: From FMG: "He joined his brother Robert Guiscard in Calabria in autumn 1057, where he soon subdued much of the western part of the peninsula from his base at Cape Vaticano. He helped suppress a rebellion in Melfi, but quarrelled with his brother and left his service in early 1058. He joined his brother Guillaume Count of the Principate, and installed himself in the castle of Scalea from where he led a life of brigandage. He helped his brother Robert Guiscard to suppress the rebellions in Calabria triggered by the famine of 1058, in return for the promise of half the territory involved. He captured Messina in 1061, and crossed to Sicily. Still not having received his reward for helping Robert Guiscard in 1058, Roger issued an ultimatum in 1062. Robert reacted by besieging Roger at Mileto, but was captured at Gerace. A compromise was reached, seemingly based on a scheme to divide each town and castle into two separate areas of influence. Roger returned to Sicily in Aug 1062, basing himself at Troina. After being besieged there for four months, he defeated the Muslims at Cerami in 1063. Further progress in the conquest was slow, but marked by the victory at Misilmeri in 1068. He helped his brother capture Bari in 1071, the two of them returning immediately afterwards to Sicily where they took Palermo in 1072 after offering terms of surrender which were favourable to the Muslim population. Robert Guiscard claimed suzerainty over the island, having been invested as Duke by the Pope several years earlier, but installed his brother as ROGER I Count of Sicily. According to Houben, Roger never used the title "magnus comes" or "Great Count", which was attributed to him in documents after his death. Houben also points out that "magnus" may have been intended in the sense of "elder" in the later documentation, to distinguish him from his son. Progress in conquering the island of Sicily was slow, and further delayed by calls from Robert "Guiscard" for Roger's military help in Apulia. However, Trapani was conquered in 1077, and Taormina in Aug 1079. In 1081, the Muslims recaptured Syracuse, but lost it again to Roger's son Jordan. Roger's conquest of Sicily was complete by 1091, when he also captured Malta. Magnanimous in victory, he was able to lay the foundations for a highly successful, multi-cultural state in Sicily where Muslim, Greek and Norman elements all prospered. Roger I also established control in areas of peninsular Italy. His nephew Roger "Borsa" Duke of Apulia ceded him those parts of Sicily and Calabria which were still under the control of Apulia in return for military support against his half-brother Bohémond. Roger I also demanded the lordship of Naples in return for helping Richard II Prince of Capua establish himself in 1098. He founded the Benedictine Abbey at Mileto where he was buried."
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  • Title: Roger I of Sicily

    Father: TANCRED DE HAUTEVILLE b: BET 980 AND 990
    Mother: FREDESENDE

    Marriage 1 ADELAIDE DI VASTO b: ABT 1075
    • Married: BET 1089 AND 1090 4
    1. Has No Children Maximilla of Sicily
    2. Has No Children Simon of Sicily b: 1093
    3. Has Children ROGER II OF SICILY b: 22 DEC 1095

    Marriage 2 Judith d'Evreux
    • Married: NOV 1061 in San Martino d'Agri
    1. Has No Children ? of Sicily
    2. Has No Children Adelisa of Sicily
    3. Has Children Emma of Sicily b: ABT 1063
    4. Has No Children Jordan of Sicily
    5. Has No Children Mathilde of Sicily b: 1062

    Marriage 3 Eremberge of Mortain
    • Married: 1077
    1. Has No Children Mauger of Sicily
    2. Has No Children Godefroi of Sicily
    3. Has No Children Buzilla (Felicia) of Sicily b: ABT 1078
    4. Has No Children Sybil of Sicily
    5. Has No Children Flandrina of Sicily
    6. Has No Children Constance of Sicily
    7. Has Children Judith of Sicily
    8. Has No Children Mathilda of Sicily
    9. Has No Children Muriella of Sicily

    Marriage 4 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has No Children Geoffrey of Sicily

      1. Author: John E. Morby
        Title: "Dynasties of the world : a chronological and genealogical handbook"
        Publication: Name: Name: Oxford University Press, New York, 1989;;
          Name: University of Georgia Library

        Source Medium: Book
        Page: p. 102
      2. Author: Marlyn Lewis, John Stuart, Kenneth Finton
        Title: "The Ancestry of Elizabeth of York, Vol I"
        Publication: Name: Name: HT Communications, Arvada, CO;;
          Name: Prokasy Library

        Source Medium: Electronic
        Page: p. 353, 476
      3. Author: Charles Cawley
        Title: Foundation for Medieval Genealogy;
        This is continuously being updated, and it is possible that this citation will not take you to what is now the correct location.
        Page: Sicily/Naples Counts and Kings, Chapter 2
      4. Author: Alan V. Murray
        Title: "The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: A Dynastic History 1099-125"
        Publication: Name: Name: Unit for Prosopographical Research, University of Oxford;;
          Name: Copy in Prokasy Library

        Source Medium: Book
        Page: p. 179

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