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Re: Rollo the Viking, Charlemagne, and the Sinclairs
It is very difficult to trace a family back to Charlemagne even if the
family has been connected to someone like Rollo the Viking or William the
Conqueror because rulers who followed Charlemagne were elected, admittedly
usually from the same family but not always. Now comes some great news for
Clan Sinclair. David Crouch, a scholar and Professor of History at the
University of Hull in Scarborough, England, who has published prior histories
of the Norman dynasty, has just written in his new book The Normans that the
son of Rollo the Viking married a lady directly descended from Charlemagne!
The book also gives a new name, Ketil, for the father of Rollo the Viking.
I have never seen this person mentioned as Rollo's father before.
The Sinclairs are descended from Mauger, Count of Corbeil, a
great-grandson of Rollo the Viking.
Mauger, Count of Corbeil
On page 12 of Prof. Crouch's book, he speaks of the
marriage of William Longsword. He states: "This [William Longsword's
marriage] was arranged c. 936-37 between him [William Longsword] and
Leutgarde, daughter of Count Herbert II of Vermandois, a direct descendant of
Charlemagne in the male line."
I have just obtained a copy of this book. It is very well
written and carefully researched. It covers the Normans in France and
England from Rollo the Viking through King Stephen of England, a grandson of
William the Conqueror.
This is the information about this book:
by David Crouch
NY, NY: New York University Press, 2002
New York University Press
New York, New York 10003
Internet website: www.nyupress.nyu.edu
Comment: I knew there must have been a reason that when my husband and I
visited Europe in June 2002 we went to Aachen, Germany, where the palace of
Charlemagne was located (Parts of it are now incorporated into the Rathaus.)
and where he is buried in the cathedral there. My husband's Way family has
been published as descending from Rollo the Viking, and now comes this
Susan M. Grady