Rodolfe "Drengot" di Aversa (deceased) MP

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About Rodolfe "Drengot" di Aversa

One of five Norman brothers who fled Normandy and settled in Aversa in Southern Italy in the 11th century, establishing the first Norman presence in that area.

RODOLFE (-after 1024). The Chronica Monasterii Casinensis records that "Giselbertus…qui et Buttericus…[cum] quatuor fratribus suis, Rainulfo, Asclittino, Osmundo, atque Rodulfo" arrived in Capua (after Gilbert was banished from Normandy) where they joined "Melus", dated to [1015/16] from the context[359]. He and his three brothers left with their brother Gilbert after he was banished. They joined forces at Capua with Melus, another exile from Apulia, and together returned to fight the Greeks369. Rodulfus Glaber records that "a very brave Norman called Rodulf incurred the anger of Count Richard [Richard II Comte de Normandie]" and fled to Italy, where he fought the Greeks and visited Emperor Heinrich II[360]. There is little basis for dating the events, except a reference to Rodolfe being received "joyfully" by Count Richard in Normandy the year before the death of the Emperor (1024). Chalandon suggests that meeting with the emperor must have taken place in Germany after Rodolfe accompanied Melus there after his defeat in southern Italy, dated to 1017[361].

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