Judith of Brittany

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Judith of Brittany
Sarcophage de Judith de Bretagne.jpg
Leaden sarcophagus of Judith of Brittany aka Judith de Conan (982-1017). The sarcophagus was made in the 11th century and found in the 19th century in the foundations of the church of the abbey Notre-Dame in Bernay. The skeleton in the sarcophagus was that of an important woman of small body height with a congenital deformation of the haunch. Deformations of this kind were common amoung women of Brittany, sometimes, but not always, making it impossible for them to give birth to children.
Spouse(s) Richard II, Duke of Normandy
Noble family House of Rennes
Father Conan I, Duke of Brittany
Mother Ermengarde of Anjou
Born 982
Died 1017
Buried Abbey of Bernay

Judith of Brittany also called Judith of Rennes (982–1017) Duchess of Normandy from c. 1000 until her death.

Life[edit]

Judith, born in 982, was the daughter of Conan I, Duke of Brittany and Ermengarde-Gerberga of Anjou.[1] She was the mother of Robert I, Duke of Normandy and paternal grandmother of William the Conqueror.[2]

She was a part of an important double marriage alliance between Normandy and Brittany first recorded by William of Jumièges.[3] In 996 her brother Geoffrey I, Duke of Brittany married Hawise of Normandy, daughter of Richard I, Duke of Normandy while in c. 1000 Judith married Richard II, Duke of Normandy, Hawise's brother.[4] The duchess Judith died on 28 August 1017[1] and was buried in the abbey of Bernay, which she had founded in 1013.[5]

Family[edit]

Judith married Richard II, Duke of Normandy[6] c. 1000.[2] They had six children:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1984). Tafel 75
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band II (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1984). Tafel 79
  3. ^ K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, 'Poppa of Bayeux And Her Family', The American Genealogist, Vol. 72 No.4 (July/October 1997), p. 192 n. 12
  4. ^ David C. Douglas, William the Conqueror (University of California Press,1964), p. 29
  5. ^ Edward Bell, 'The Abbey Church of Bernay', The Archaeological Review, Vol. IV (August, 1899–January, 1890), p. 57
  6. ^ K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, 'Poppa of Bayeux And Her Family', The American Genealogist, Vol. 72 No.4 (July/October 1997), p.. 192 (here calling her Judith of Rennes)
  7. ^ David C. Douglas, William the Conqueror (University of California Press, 1964), p. 31


Preceded by
Gunnora, Duchess of Normandy
Duchess consort of Normandy
996–1017
Succeeded by
Papia of Envermeu