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Mauger 'the Young' de Rouen, archevêque de Rouen

Also Known As: "Malger", "Mauger", "Malgerius Rothomagensis"
Birthplace: Rouen, Normandie, France
Death: Died in Guernsey, , Channel Islands
Cause of death: The dethroned bishop is alleged to have abandoned himself to a pact with the devil and, having gone mad, drowned about 1055
Place of Burial: Church in Cherbourg-Octeville, Cotentin Peninsula, Manche Department of Lower Normandy, North-Western France
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard II "the Good", Duke of Normandy; Judith of Brittany and Papia, Duchesse de Envermeu
Partner of N.N. de Saint-Clair de Bassenville
Father of Waldonius, count of Saint-Clair and Michael de Baines
Brother of Guillaume, comte de Arques; Helindis Fitzwalter; Papia De Normandy; Richard III, duke of Normandy; Robert I "the Magnificent", Duke of Normandy and 12 others

Occupation: Archbishop of Rouen 1037-1054, Archevêque de Rouen
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About Mauger, Archbishop de Rouen

Mauger (or Malger according to the Gesta Normannorum Ducum)

Parents: Richard II, Duc de Normandie & Papia d'Envermeu

Not married

Illegitimate child: Michel

Mauger de Rouen (en latin : Malgerius Rothomagensis ; né après 1017[1] - † avant 1060) est un archevêque normand de Rouen, capitale du duché de Normandie, de 1037 à 1054.



8. MAUGER ([1020/26]-drowned Guernsey 1055). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Mauger frère du duc Robert" as successor of Robert archbishop of Rouen, specifying that he was the son of Duke Richard II & his second wife Popa[231]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines names "Malgerius Rothomagensis archiepiscopus" as son of "dux Normannie Richardus II"[232]. His parentage is given by Orderic Vitalis, who says he was "excessively addicted to the lusts of the flesh and distractions of the world"[233]. Robert of Torigny records that "Malgerius nepos eius" succeeded as archbishop of Rouen in 1037 on the death of his uncle Robert[234]. He governed the see for "18 years without receiving either apostolic blessing or the pallium", according to Orderic Vitalis who says that "Mauger too young received the seat of honour"[235]. "Malgerii arciepiscopi…" subscribed the charter dated to [1040] under which "Vuillelmus Ricardi magni ducis Normannorum filius" donated property to the abbey of Jumièges[236]. "Guillelmus Archensis comes et frater meus Malgerius Archiepiscopus" donated the vill of Periers sur Andelle to the monastery of Saint-Ouen at Rouen, at the request of "matris mee Paveie" and the consent of "Guilielmo Normannorum comite", by charter dated to [1047/50][237]. According to William of Malmsbury, he was deprived of his archbishopric by his nephew Duke Guillaume as "he gave too much attention to hunting and hawking, and consumed the treasures of the church in a splendid mode of living" or alternatively that he wished to annul Duke Guillaume's marriage for consanguinity[238]. Guillaume de Jumièges records that Duke Guillaume II banished Mauger to the island of Guernsey[239]. Orderic Vitalis says that he was deposed by Duke Guillaume for having aided the rebellion of his brother Guillaume[240].

Archbishop Mauger had one illegitimate child by an unknown mistress.

a) MICHEL (-after 1127). He is named as son of Archbishop Mauger by Orderic Vitalis who describes him as "a brave and worthy knight, who is now in England, loved and treated with honour in his old age by King Henry"[241].


Mauger was the archbishop of Rouen from c.1037 to 1054 (or 1055). His brother William was defeated in a failed rebellion against their nephew, Duke William II, near Arques in 1053, resulting in the banishment of Talou. Perhaps because of his connection to his brother's rebellion, Mauger was deposed from his archbishopric at the council of Lisieux. He was banished to the Isle of Guernsey. According to Wace, Mauger had a son named Michael de Baines and died by drowning.


   * Gesta Normannorum Ducum of William of Jumièges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni, edited and translated by Elisabeth M. C. Van Houts, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995.
   * William the Conqueror, David C. Douglas, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, 1964.


Biographie [modifier]

Mauger de Rouen est le fils du duc de Normandie Richard l'Irascible et d'une « frilla » (concubine à la manière danoise) du nom de Papie[2] († après 1047), issue d'une famille du Talou. Membre important des « Richardides », il devient l'un des adversaires les plus acharnés de son jeune neveu Guillaume le « Bâtard », duc de Normandie depuis 1035, et contesté par de nombreux barons normands et par la majeure partie des Richardides.

En 1037, malgré son jeune âge[3], Mauger devient archevêque de Rouen, capitale du duché, succédant à un autre richardide, son oncle Robert le Danois, comte d'Évreux.

Peu après la défaite et le bannissement de son frère Guillaume de Talou, comte d'Arques, Mauger est déposé au concile de Lisieux (1054/1055). En effet, non seulement le duc Guillaume tient à affirmer son pouvoir et à éliminer ses opposants, en particulier les Richardides mais en plus, il fait entreprendre de nombreuses réformes concernant l'Église normande, s'opposant notamment à ce que les prêtres entretiennent ouvertement des concubines. Mauger, qualifié de débauché[4] et d'ivrogne, accusé d'entretenir des concubines et de s'opposer constamment au pouvoir du duc, est condamné au ban avant d'être envoyé sur l'île de Guernesey[5], où il meurt noyé, alors qu'il est ivre[6].

Selon Ordéric Vital, il eut un fils nommé Michaēl († après 1127), un chevalier brave et digne, aimé et traité avec honneur dans sa vieillesse par le roi Henri Beauclerc[7].


Mauger drowned in the English Channel, off the island of Guernsey.

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Mauger, Archbishop de Rouen's Timeline

Rouen, Normandie, France
Age 11
Saint-Clair-sur-l'Elle, Manche, Lower Normandy, France
Age 51
Guernsey, , Channel Islands
Age 51
Church in Cherbourg-Octeville, Cotentin Peninsula, Manche Department of Lower Normandy, North-Western France
April 27, 1932
Age 51
April 27, 1932
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April 27, 1932
Age 51
May 25, 1932
Age 51
May 25, 1932
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May 25, 1932
Age 51