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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tomb of Robert 'Duke of Normandy'

Robert Curthose 'Duke of Normandy' was the eldest son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. His reign as duke which began in 1087, upon William the Conqueror's death, was marked by conflict with his brothers in England.

Robert went on the first crusade in 1096, and when he returned, invaded England to claim the throne held by his brother Henry. Henry defeated Robert in the Battle of Tinchebray in Normandy, France in 1106, and Robert was subsequently imprisoned in Devizes Castle and Cardiff Castle until his death in 1134. Rosemary Sutcliff's 1960 historical novel Knight's Fee depicts these events.

Tomb of Robert 'Duke of Normandy'

Robert 'Duke of Normandy' was buried in the Abbey Church of St Peter (which became Gloucester Cathedral). Although the exact location of the tomb remains a mystery, his effigy carved in bog oak (see above) lies on a mortuary chest in the cathedral.

Tomb of Robert 'Duke of Normandy'

The tomb of Robert 'Duke of Normandy' lies in Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Cathedral is located on College Green in central Gloucester. Visitors to Gloucester Cathedral may also want to visit nearby Snowshill Manor or Chedworth Roman Villa.

Gloucester Cathedral
12 College Green
Tel: 01452 528095

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