Eleanor of Normandy

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Eleanor of Normandy
Countess consort of Flanders
Spouse Baldwin IV of Flanders
Issue Judith
Father Richard II of Normandy
Mother Judith of Brittany
Born 1011/13
Died after 1071

Eleanor of Normandy (1011/1013 – after 1071) was a Norman noblewoman and the daughter of Richard II, Duke of Normandy. She was born between the years 1011 and 1013 in Normandy, the daughter of Richard and his wife, Judith of Brittany. She had two sisters and three brothers, including Robert I, Duke of Normandy, whose illegitimate son was William the Conqueror a.k.a. King William I of England. In 1017, when Eleanor was still a child, her mother Judith died. Duke Richard married secondly Poppa of Envermeu, by whom he had two more sons.

In 1031 she married, as his second wife, Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders, who was about 30 years her senior. He had a son and heir, Baldwin, by his first marriage to Ogive of Luxembourg. Eleanor was styled Countess of Flanders upon her marriage to Baldwin, and together they had one daughter:[1]

Eleanor died in Flanders sometime after 1071. Her husband had died in 1035, two years after the birth of their only child.

Despite her common nomenclature it is not certain that Eleanor was her proper name.[2] Eleanor of Aquitaine, who lived a century later (and married as her second husband Henry II of England, the great-great-grandson of Eleanor of Normandy's brother Robert), is the first individual in recorded history known to bear the name Eleanor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Flanders, retrieved 6 March 2010
  2. ^ "Medieval Lands Project: NORMANDY,DUKES". Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. ELEONORE de Normandie. The Genealogica Comitum Flandriæ Bertiniana refers to "filiam secundi Ricardi ducis Normannorum" as wife of "Balduinum Barbatum" after the death of Ogiva[214]. The Annalista Saxo states that the mother of Judith was "cognatione beati Ethmundi regis", without naming her or giving a more precise origin[215]. Guillaume de Jumièges records that Duke Richard and Judith had three daughters, of whom the second (unnamed) married "Baudouin de Flandre"[216]. The primary source which confirms her name has not yet been identified. 
Preceded by
Ogive of Luxembourg
Countess consort of Flanders
1030–1035
Succeeded by
Adela of France, Countess of Flanders