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Emina d'Ávranches

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Birthplace: Maer, Jutland, Nord-Trodelag, Norway
Death: Died in Nord-Trondelag, Norway
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Wife of Hrollaug Ragnvaldsson Eyjafjörður, Íslands
Mother of Rollo Thurstan (Hrolf) Bigot and Anslec de Brioquebec

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7 II. HROLLAGER RAGNVALDSSON (HALFDAN 1, EYSTEIN 2, HALFDAN 3, IVAR 4, EYSTEIN 5, RAGNVALD 6) See NORMANDY for earlier generations.

b.c.865 m. EMINA d'AVRANCHES (b.c.865, d. 935), d. of Baldwin I, Count of Flanders and Judith Carolingienne (d. of King Charles I) d. 920

"One of the chieftains that Rolf gave land to was his half-brother, Hrollager Ragnvaldsson, who married Emina d'Avranches, daughter of Judith Carolingienne, daughter of King Charles 11 of France, and Baldwin I, Count of Flanders.(1)

Judith had previously married two Kings of Wessex, father and son, Ethelwulf and Ethelbald. She eloped with Baldwin, much to the disapproval of her father. He later relented, however, and made Baldwin the first Count of Flanders. Through their descendant, Matilda of Flanders, who married William the Conqueror, the line of the Anglo-Norman Kings of England can be traced.(2)

Hrolf Ragnvaldsson was probably less of a significant figure than later Norman historians made him to be. He was one Scandinavian leader among several who vied for outright control of the relatively small amount of territory ceded to them. Although history tends to be written as if evolves around the actions of individuals - making it easy for people to identify with and understand - these leaders would have had the essential support of other powerful men.

In marrying a grandaughter of Charles II, King of France, Hrollager was affording that family protection against fellow Scandinavian raiders, and other French dynastic families, at a time of great instability and conflict. Such alliances were common. Hrollager's uncle, Malahule, married Maude de St. Pol, a daughter of Hernequin, Count of Boulogne et St. Pol, tenant-in-chief and probable uncle of Baldwin I, Count of Flanders. (3)

It is possible that Hrolf Ragnvaldsson's wife was Poppa de Senlis, daughter of Gui, Count of Senlis, whose ancestry can be traced to the Emperor Charlmagne. Gui, Count of Senlis, married a sister of Herbert I., Count of Vermandois, and had issue: Bernard, Count of Senlis, and, possibly, Poppa de Senlis, named in some accounts as the wife of Hrolf.(4)

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8I. HROLF TURSTAIN- b.c.885, m. GERLOTTE de BLOIS (b.c.895, d.c.950), d. 962 Ref:

(1) Histoire des Comtes de Flandre- Alexandre Mazas- pp. 378-380, 1843 (2) The History of the Anglo-Saxons- Sir Francis Palgrave, 1831. (3) Histoire des Comtes de Flandre- Alexandre Mazas- pp. 378-380, 1843 (4) Etudes sur la Naissance de Principautés Territoriales au France-J. Dhondt, 1948

8I. HROLF TURSTAIN (HALFDAN 1, EYSTEIN 2, HALFDAN 3, IVAR 4, EYSTEIN 5, RAGNVALD 6, HROLLAGER 7)

b.c.885 m. GERLOTTE de BLOIS (b.c.895, d.c.950), d. of Theobald, Count de Blois et Chartres and Richilde de Main/Bourges (grand-daughter of King Charles II) d. 962

Hrolf Turstain followed his uncle to Normandy, via Flanders, and founded the important Norman families of Avranches, Briquebec, Crispin, and Montfort-sur-Risle.

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Emina d'Ávranches's Timeline

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Jutland, Nord-Trodelag, Norway
885
885
Age 23
Norway
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896
Age 34
Nord-Trondelag, Norway
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Age 34
Nord-Trondelag, Norway
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Age 34
Bricquebec, Manche, Lower Normandy, France