Blood in the Earth

Chaimberlain Fulbert De Falaise

Male 978 - 1033


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  • Born  978  Falaise, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1033  Falaise, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I311  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  31 Aug 2013 

    Father  Thorkils (Sparkalagg) Styrbyornsson,   b. 960, Upsala, Upsala, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 985 
    Mother  Sigrid,   b. 961, Halland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F195  Group Sheet

    Father  Thorkils (Sparkalagg) Styrbyornsson,   b. 960, Upsala, Upsala, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 985 
    Mother  Sigrid,   b. 961, Halland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F196  Group Sheet

    Family  Princess of Scotland Doda Mac Alpan,   b. 982, Glamis Castle, Angus, Forfarshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1003, Falaise, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1000  Falaise, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Herleva Arlette De Falaise
    Last Modified  13 Aug 2012 
    Family ID  F186  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Fulbert of Falaise (fl. 11th century) was the father of Herleva, mother of the illegitimate William the Conqueror, the 11th-century Duke of Normandy and King of England. The Walter of Falaise named by Orderic Vitalis is likely a son.

      Fulbert has traditionally been held to be a tanner, based on translations of Orderic's additions to the Gesta Normannorum Ducum. He writes that during the siege of Alenšon (1051-2), the natives had been mutilated by William after they called him a pelliciarius (pelterer), because his mother's kinsmen had been pollinctores (corpse preparers). One later poetic source interpreted the occupation to be that of tailor, but in part due to flawed transcripts of the original, many historians have concluded he was a tanner.[1] Others have favored a more literal reading, that Herleva's family had been undertakers or embalmers.[2]

      Orderic also added to the Gesta that Fulbert served as the Duke's chamberlain (cubicularii ducis).[3] It has been suggested that this occurred after William's birth.[4] Perhaps linking Orderic's two additions, contemporary practice made the chamberlain one of the persons responsible for burials.[5]