Richard, son of William the Conqueror

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Richard of Normandy
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Normandy, France
Diedc.1069–1075 (aged 15-21)
New Forest, England
HouseNorman Dynasty
FatherWilliam I of England
MotherMatilda 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, most likely 1074, Richard died in a hunting accident in the New Forest.[1][2] He was buried at Winchester Cathedral. His younger brother, King William Rufus, was also killed in the New Forest in 1100.

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.
  4. ^ Carpenter, David (2004). The Struggle for Mastery: The Penguin History of Britain 1066–1284. New York: Penguin. pp. 531–532. ISBN 0-14-014824-8.
  5. ^ Green, Judith (2009). Henry I: King of England and Duke of Normandy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 322. ISBN 978-0-521-74452-2.