Adelizia de Normandie, Princess of England

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Adelizia de Normandie, Princess of England

Birthplace: Normandy,France
Death: before January 05, 1066
Place of Burial: France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William "the Conqueror", king of England and Matilda of Flanders
Sister of Robert II "Curthose", Duke of Normandy; William II "Rufus", King of England; Cecilia, Abbess of Holy Trinity; Richard; Agathe de Normandie, Princess of England and 4 others

Occupation: Existence in some doubt, AKA "Alice"
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Adelizia de Normandie, Princess of England

Adelaide or Adeliza de Normandie

Not the same as her younger sister Adele.


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ADELAIDE [Adelisa] de Normandie ([1055]-7 Dec, 1066 or after).  Orderic Vitalis records the betrothal of Adelaide and Harold Godwinson, listing her after Agatha and before Constance in his description of the careers of the daughters of King William[43].  The sources are contradictory concerning the name of the daughter betrothed to Harold Godwinson, as well as the timing of her death.  The only near certainty is that it would presumably have been the oldest available daughter who was betrothed to Harold.  Matthew of Paris does not name her but lists her fourth among the daughters of King William, while distinguishing her from the fifth daughter betrothed to "Aldefonso Galiciæ regi"[44].  Guillaume de Jumièges records that Duke Guillaume betrothed his daughter Adelise to Harold, in a later passage (in which he does not repeat her name) stating that she was the third daughter and that she died a virgin although she was of an age to marry[45].  Chibnall specifies[46] that this reference is contained in the interpolations written by Orderic Vitalis, the latter chronicler therefore contradicting his statement in his own work that Agatha was the name of the daughter who was betrothed to King Harold.  Orderic Vitalis says that Adelaide "a most fair maiden vowed herself to God when she reached marriageable age and made a pious end under the protection of Roger of Beaumont"[47].  The daughter betrothed to Harold was alive in early 1066, according to Eadmer of Canterbury[48] who says that Duke Guillaume requested King Harold, soon after his accession, to keep his promise to marry his daughter.  This is contradicted by William of Malmesbury[49], who says that her death before that of Edward "the Confessor" was taken by King Harold II as marking absolution from his oath to Duke Guillaume.  She died as a nun at Préaux[50].  A manuscript of la Trinité de Caen names "Mathildem Anglorum reginam, nostri cœnobii fondatricem, Adilidem, Mathildem, Constantiam, filias eius" heading the list of the names of nuns at the abbey[51], which, if the order of names is significant, indicates that Adelaide was older than her two named sisters.  The necrology of Chartres cathedral records the death "VII Id Dec" of "Adeliza filia regis Anglorum", stating that her father made a donation for her soul[52].  The necrology of Saint-Nicaise de Meulan records the death of "Adelina filia regis Anglorum", undated but listed among deaths at the end of the calendar year[53].  Betrothed ([1064/65]%29 to HAROLD Godwinson Earl of Wessex, son of GODWIN Earl of Wessex & his wife Gytha of Denmark ([1022/25]-killed in battle Hastings 14 Oct 1066, bur [Waltham Abbey]), who succeeded in 1066 as HAROLD II King of England.  


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