Roger III de Hauteville, duke of Apulia

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Roger III de Hauteville, duke of Apulia

Italian: Ruggero III d'Altavilla, duca di Puglia, French: Roger III de Hauteville, duc d'Apulie
Birthplace: Italy
Death: May 02, 1148 (29-30)
Sicily, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger II of Sicily and Elvira Alfónsez, infanta de Castilla y León
Husband of Élisabeth de Champagne (Isabelle de Blois)
Partner of Emma di Lecce
Father of William and Tancred Hauteville of Lecce, king of Sicily
Brother of Tancred de Hauteville, prince of Bari; Alphonse de Hauteville, prince of Capua and William I Hauteville, "the Bad" king of Sicily
Half brother of ... de Hauteville, of Sicily; ... de Hauteville, of Sicily; Adelisa of Loreto, of Sicily; Marina (illegitimate daughter of Roger II of Sicily); Simone d'Altavilla, principe di Taranto and 1 other

Occupation: Duke of Apulia, Duc, d'Apulie, des Pouilles
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About Roger III de Hauteville, duke of Apulia


Roger III (1118 – 2 or 12 May 1148) was the Norman duke of Apulia from 1135. He was the eldest son of King Roger II of Sicily and Elvira of Castile. chapel of Saint Mary Magdaleneù


  King Roger II & his first wife had six children: 

1. ROGER of Sicily ([1118]-12 May 1148). The Annals of Romoald name (in order) "Rogerium…Tancredum…Anfusium…Guillelmus, Heinricum, filiam unam" as the children of "rex Rogerius" & his first wife, specifying that Roger was later Duke of Apulia[507]. Houben suggests that Roger was born in 1118 in light of his being knighted in Aug 1135, this ceremony normally being conducted at the age of 16[508]. The Chronicle of Romualdo Guarna records that all the cities of Apulia swore homage to "dux…Rogerus…filiisque suis…Rogerio et Tancredo" in Sep 1130[509]. Duke of Apulia 1135, confirmed by Pope Innocent II 25 Jul 1139. Together with his brother Alphonse, he captured Abruzzo in Spring 1140, advancing to Ceprano, the most southerly town of Papal territory. The Annals of Romoald record the death in 1149 of "Rogerius dux Apulie primogenitus [regis Rogerii]"[510], the Annales Casinenses recording the death in 1148[511].

m ( [1140/43] ) as her first husband, ISABELLE de Blois, daughter of THIBAUT IV Comte de Blois & his wife Mathilde von Sponheim [Carinthia] (1130-13 Aug after 1168). The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines refers to, but does not name, the third of the six daughters of "comes Campanie Theobaldus" as "quedam ducissa in partibus remotis, hanc postea duxit Guilelmus Goez in dyocesi Carnotensi" specifying that her two daughters were "matrem Gaufridi de Dunzei et Agnetam domnam de Monteforti in Cenomania"[512]. The primary source which confirms her first marriage more precisely has not yet been identified. She returned to France after her husband died and married secondly ([1150/55]%29 Guillaume [IV] Goët de Montmirail Baron du Perche-Goët. Her second marriage is confirmed by Robert of Torigny which names "Herveus de Juen" as husband of "Guillermus Goeth…primogenitam filiam natam ex una sororem comitis Teobaldi"[513]. The necrology of the Prieuré de Fontaines records the death "13 Aug" of "Domina Elisabeth…monacha, ducissa, soror domine Marie ducisse"[514].

Mistress (1): (before [1138] ) --- di Lecce, daughter of ACCARDO Conte di Lecce & his wife Matilia ---. Guerrieri refers to "la leggenda assai curiosa degli amori segreti di Sibilla, unica figlia di Roberto conte di Lecce, succeduto a Goffredo figlio di Accardo, col primogenito del re Ruggiero" and adds that "oggi è dichiarata insostenible per la grande confusione di nomi, di fatti e di date, e per gli errori assai evidenti"[515]. Chalandon states that legends surrounding King Tancred´s mother, in which she is variously called "Blanche, Béatrice et Sibille", were first fabricated in the mid-16th century[516]. Hugo Falcandus records that "Tancred and William, the sons of Duke Roger" were born "by a nobly born mother"[517]. Her correct parentage is confirmed by a charter dated May 1190 under which her son "Tancredus…rex Sicilie, ducatus Apulie" transferred Casale Surbo near Lecce to "Emma…abbatissa monasterii Sancti Iohannis monialium Liceii dilecte matertera…nostra"[518], which suggests that his mother was Emma´s sister and so the daughter of Accardo Conte di Lecce.

 Duke Roger had two illegitimate children by Mistress (1):

*a) TANCRED di Lecce ([Lecce 1138]-20 Feb 1194). The Ryccardus de Sancti Germano Chronica name "Tancredus…ducis Roggerii filius…naturalis" but do not name his mother[519]. William of Tyre (Continuator) names him "cosin germain" of Guillaume II King of Sicily when recording his accession in 1190[520]. He was unlawfully elected as TANCRED King of Sicily in 1190. - see below.

  • b) GUILLAUME di Lecce ([1138/39]-[1167/68]). Hugo Falcandus records that "Tancred and William, the sons of Duke Roger by a nobly born mother…were kept under arrest within the palace compound" after the conspiracy against Guillaume I King of Sicily in [1156][521]. Guillaume was presumably later released as Hugo Falcandus also records that he visited his brother "imprisoned