Sprota 'Adela' de Bretagne de Senlis (de St. Liz) (911 - 940) MP

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Nicknames: "Sprota", "Sprota de Bretagne", "Espriota", "Adele", "Sporte /De Bretagne/", "Espriota /de Bretagne/", "Sprota De Senlis /Adela/", "Sporta", "Adela", "Adelaide /De Vermandois/", "Sprote /De Bretagne/", "Sprota /De Senlis/", "Sprota De Bretagne De /St Liz/", "Sprota de Senlis; Sp..."
Birthplace: Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Death: Died in Normandel, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France or Kerlouan, Finistere, Bretagne, France
Occupation: Countess of Normandy, aka 'Sprota de Bretagne' (de Senlis), concubina de orígen Bretón., Duchess Consort of Normandy, Breton concubine captured in war and forced into marriage to William, captured concubine from Breton, Concubine
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About Sprota 'Adela' de Bretagne de Senlis (de St. Liz)

Sprota or Sprote. Her parentage is conjectural. She is traditionally said to have been a daughter of Bernard, Count of Senlis. She was said by Flodoard to have been from Brittany, which might mean that she was of Celtic, Scandinavian or Frankish origin. Her name suggests the latter.

Sprota 'Adela' de Bretagne de St. Liz (de Senlis) (c.911 - 945)

Married or partner to William Langaspjót, called Guillaume Longe-Épée in French.

Mother to Richard 'Sans-Peur'

Remarried Esperleng, several children (see below)

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/NORMAN%20NOBILITY.htm#_Toc243182165

Sprota was married to William I of Normandy, ruler of Normandy. Her son Richard the first was still a boy when his father died in 942. Sprota was a Breton concubine captured in war and bound to William by a Danish marriage.

After William died, Sprota became the wife of Esperleng, a wealthy miller; Rodulf of Ivry was their son and Richard's half-brother.

Sprota was NOT married to Nigel St. Saveur.

Do NOT confuse with Sprote de Bourgogne who was married to Bernard "the Dane" Harcourt.

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[Several people have entered Sprota to Geni as "Adela", but this is probably wrong. Please enter sources if any.]

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Sprota married Esperleng after the relationship with Guillaume/William:

(from Medieval Lands)

SPROTA, daughter of ---.

Guillaume de Jumièges records that Guillaume married "une très-noble jeune fille Sprota…selon l'usage des Danois"[62]. From Brittany.

It is possible that Sprota was Count Guillaume's concubine rather than wife, particularly as no reference has been found to a dissolution of any marriage before she married Esperleng.

She married Esperleng de Pîtres, by whom she had Rodulf [Raoul] Comte d'Ivry.

ESPERLENG de Pîtres, son of --- .

m SPROTA, daughter of --- . From Brittany. Sprota was previously the concubine or wife of Guillaume I Comte [de Normandie].

Guillaume de Jumièges records the marriage of Sprota and "Asperleng" who owned the mills in the valley of la Risle[730].

Esperling & his wife had [four or more] children:

a) RAOUL d'Ivry (-after 1011). Guillaume de Jumièges names Raoul as uterine brother of Richard Comte [de Normandie], specifying that the latter consulted him about arrangements for the succession in Normandy when dying[731]. Comte de Bayeux.

m AUBREE, daughter of --- (-murdered ----). Guillaume de Jumièges records the marriage of Raoul and "Eranberge…née dans une certaine terre du pays de Caux que l'on appelle Caville ou Cacheville"[732]. She is named as wife of Raoul by Orderic Vitalis, who says that she built the castle of Ivry, executed the architect Lanfred to prevent him from completing a similar construction elsewhere, attempted to expel her husband from the castle, and was killed by him[733].

Comte Raoul & his wife had five children:

i) HUGUES d'Ivry (-Oct 1049).

Guillaume de Jumièges names Hugues bishop of Bayeux as son of comte Raoul, when recording that the castle of Ivry was confiscated from him by Robert II Duke of Normandy[734]. Seigneur d'Ivry. Bishop of Bayeux 1015.

Hugues had [two] illegitimate children by an unknown mistress or mistresses:

(a) ROGER .

"Rogerius Hugonis episcopi filius" sold land in Blovilla and Novillula to Sainte-Trinité in an undated charter[735].

m ODA, daughter of ---. "Odain uxore sua" is named in the undated charter of "Rogerius Hugonis episcopi filius"[736]. Roger & his wife had two children:

(1) GUILLAUME .

"Willelmo et Hugone eorum filiis" are named in the undated charter of "Rogerius Hugonis episcopi filius"[737]. "Guillelmo filio Rogerii filii Hugonis episcopi" purchased land from "Rodulfus de Warenna" dated 1074[738].

(2) HUGUES .

"Willelmo et Hugone eorum filiis" are named in the undated charter of "Rogerius Hugonis episcopi filius"[739].

(b) [AUBREE .

Chibnall speculates that the grandmother of Ascelin Goël may have been the daughter of Hugues Bishop of Bayeux, which may have provided her grandson with a claim to Ivry by inheritance[740], assuming that her illegitimacy presented no obstacle. Her two marriages are shown in Europäische Stammtafeln[741], but the primary sources which confirm them have not yet been identified.

m firstly ROBERT d'Ivry, son of ---. [1060].

m secondly ALBERT de Cravent .]

ii) EMMA d'Ivry . Guillaume de Jumièges records that one of the daughters of Raoul & his wife married Osbern de Crepon[742]. After her husband died, she became abbess of St Amand at Rouen[743].

m OSBERN de Crepon, son of HERFAST & his wife --- (-murdered [1040]).

iii) daughter .

Guillaume de Jumièges records that the other (unnamed) daughter of Raoul & his wife married Richard de Belfage, naming their son Robert and recording that one of their several daughters married Hugues de Montfort[744].

m RICHARD de Beaufour, son of ---.

Richard & his wife had [four or more] children:

(a) ROBERT .

Guillaume de Jumièges records that the other (unnamed) daughter of Raoul & his wife married Richard de Belfage, naming their son Robert and recording that one of their several daughters married Hugues de Montfort[745].

(b) daughter .

Guillaume de Jumièges records that the wife of "Hugues le second…[fils de] Hugues de Montfort dit le Barbu" was "la fille de Richard de Belfage"[746]. m as his first wife, HUGUES [II] de Montfort, son of HUGUES [I] de Montfort-sur-Risle & his wife --- (-1088 or after).

(c) daughters .

Guillaume de Jumièges records that the other (unnamed) daughter of Raoul & his wife married Richard de Belfage, naming their son Robert and recording that one of their several daughters married Hugues de Montfort[747].

iv) RAOUL d'Ivry (-after [1020/30]).

"Hugo Baiocassine urbis episcopus et Rodulfi quondam comitis filius" donated property to Jumièges by charter dated to [1020/30][748]. It is assumed that the donors were brothers although this is not certain.

v) JEAN d'Ivry (-1079). Brother of Hugues, according to Orderic Vitalis[749]. Bishop of Avranches 1061.

The Chronicon S. Stephani Cadomensis records that "Joannes filius Rodulfi comitis fratris Ricardi" succeeded as Archbishop of Rouen in 1069, having been bishop of Avranches for seven years and three months; the same source records the death in 1079 of "Joannes Rothomag. Archiepiscopus"[750].

b) daughters .

Guillaume de Jumièges records that Asperleng & Sprota had several daughters "qui dans la suite furent mariées en Normandie avec des nobles"[751].

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Sprota was a Breton concubine captured in war and bound to William by a Danish marriage. After William died, Sprota became the wife of Esperleng, a wealthy miller; Rodulf of Ivry was their son and Richard I's half-brother.

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Regarding Sporta:

William I Longsword (French: Guillaume Longue-Épée, Latin: Willermus Longa Spata, Scandinavian: Vilhjálmr Langaspjót; 893 – 17 December 942) was the second Duke of Normandy from his father's death until his own assassination. The title dux (duke) was not in use at the time and has been applied to early Norman rulers retroactively; William actually used the title comes (count).

Little is known about his early years. He was born in Bayeux or Rouen to Rollo and his wife Poppa. All that is known of Poppa is that she was a Christian, and the daughter to Berengar of Rennes, the previous lord of Brittania Nova, which eventually became western Normandy. According to the William's planctus, he was baptised a Christian.

William succeeded Rollo sometime around 927. It appears that he faced a rebellion early in his reign, from Normans who felt he had become too Gallicised. Subsequent years are obscure. In 939 William became involved in a war with Arnulf I of Flanders, which soon became intertwined with the other conflicts troubling the reign of Louis IV. He was killed by followers of Arnulf while at a meeting to settle their conflict. His son Richard the Fearless, child of his first wife, Sprota, succeeded him. William also left a widow, Liègard (Liutgard), who died in 985.


The funerary monument of William Longsword in the cathedral of Rouen, France. The monument is from the XIVth century.[edit] Sources

From Stewart Baldwin on Guillaume "Longue Épée" of Normandy

FMG on GUILLAUME I "Longuespee" Comte de Normandie

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Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_I,_Duke_of_Normandy"

Categories: Dukes of Normandy | 893 births | 942 deaths | 10th-century rulers in Europe

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she was a captured concubine; her Carolingian pedigree is probably a genealogical fraud

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Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999

Page: 121e-19

Text: Sprota (Danish wife of William I of Normandy), a Breton (no last name)

  1. Note: Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968

Page: 6, 100

Text: Sporta de Senlis

  1. Note: Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000

Page: VI:447 (g)

Text: not named but implied as mother of Richard I & Ralph d'Ivry -------------------- See "My Lines"

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p175.htm#i19697 )

from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/index.htm ) -------------------- Ref: http://www.robertsewell.ca/normandy.html -------------------- Sprota was the name of a Breton captive who William I, Duke of Normandy took as a wife in the Viking fashion and by her had a son, Richard I, Duke of Normandy. After the death of her husband William, she became the wife of Esperleng and mother of Rodulf of Ivry. -------------------- Sprota was married to William I of Normandy, ruler of Normandy. Her son Richard the first was still a boy when his father died in 942. Sprota was a Breton concubine captured in war and bound to William by a Danish marriage. -------------------- Sprota was married to William I of Normandy, ruler of Normandy. Her son Richard the first was still a boy when his father died in 942. Sprota was a Breton concubine captured in war and bound to William by a Danish marriage. -------------------- She eventually married William Longsword but it seems had her children by him before that.

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Sprota (Adela) de Senlis's Timeline

911
March 21, 911
Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
932
932
Age 20
Normandy, , , France

Sprota was a Breton concubine captured in war & bound to William by a Danish marriage. After William died she became the wife of Esperieng, a wealthy miller.

933
August 28, 933
Age 22
Fécamp, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
935
935
Age 23
France?
940
May 27, 940
Age 29
Normandel, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France or Kerlouan, Finistere, Bretagne, France
940
Age 28
Normandie, France
945
945
Age 29
1934
December 3, 1934
Age 29
December 3, 1934
Age 29
December 3, 1934
Age 29