Richard, son of William the Conqueror

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Richard of Normandy
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Born c.1054
Normandy, France
Died c.1069-1075
New Forest, England
Burial Winchester Cathedral
House Norman Dynasty
Father William I of England
Mother Matilda of Flanders

Richard of Normandy (c. 1054 to between 1069 and 1075) was the second son of William the Conqueror, King of England, and Matilda of Flanders.

Between 1069 and 1075, Richard died in a hunting accident in the New Forest.[1][2] He was buried at Winchester Cathedral. In a twist of fate, his younger brother, King William Rufus, and a nephew, also named Richard, were also killed in the New Forest thirty years later.

Richard is sometimes referred to as the "Duke of Bernay", as if part of his father's continental possessions, as in Burke's Peerage; this is a mistake based on the misinterpretation of a 16th-century inscription on his tomb, which was also intended for the Earl Beorn, nephew of Cnut the Great.[3]



  1. ^ David Bates, William I, Oxford Online Dictionary of National Biography,2004
  2. ^ Orderic Vitalis, (Marjorie Chibnall, ed. and tr.) 3:114; Worcester Chronicle, (B. Thorpe, ed.) 2:45; William of Malmesbury, Gesta regum anglorum (R.B. Mynors, ed.) 2:333 (all noted in C. Warren Hollister, Henry I (Yale English Monarchs) 2001:33, note 16).
  3. ^ James Robinson Planché's note, "An erroneous inscription in Winchester Cathedral", Journal of the British Archaeological Association 14 (1858): 284–87.