Archardus (Archer) the Rich, Knight of Donfront

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Achardus (Archer) the Rich

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Father of Fulbert Le Archer

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About Archardus (Archer) the Rich, Knight of Donfront

The earliest known person in the Archer line is Achardus dives. Achardus is one of the witnesses to the foundation charter of the Lonlay Abbey in Normandy, France in 1026. In that document, he signed as “Achardus dives, miles de Donnifronte”, which roughly translates to “Archer the Rich, Knight of Donnifronte”. Lonlay Abbey is an ancient church near Domfront, France. Establishing (or chartering) a new church required the approval of the lord of the land. In this case it would have been Robert, Duke of Normandy, the father of William the Conqueror. Local nobles, such as Achardus dives, were asked to be witnesses.

It is uncertain when the family of Achardus dives gained power, but they retained it for generations after Achardus. Achardus’ son and heir, Gervais of Domfront, an occasional attester for William the Conqueror, was important enough to have his own steward and was a representative of Robert of Belleme, one of the most powerful men in early Norman England.

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